There are over 5 activities in the Skydiving category.
You jump in a tandem jump from a height of three to four kilometers into nothing and you don't even need any training. Hotspots for skydiving are Interlaken, Reichenbach, Lucerne, Zurich and Lugano.
In principle, anyone can participate in tandem jumping from the age of at least eight years. Sometimes jumps are only allowed from the age of 16. However, written consent from all legal guardians is always a must for minors under 18.
Each jumper should be of normal physical fitness and must not weigh more than one hundred kilograms with clothing. You must not have any problems with your back, shoulders or neck, and because of the pressure compensation, your ears must also be healthy. Contact lenses are not a problem.
Safety is the most important thing. Therefore, you will get a short training on the ground about the most important things that await you and that you must pay attention to. This includes the procedure of the jump and practicing the correct posture. You are firmly connected to the tandem master with your jumpsuit during the jump.
The parachute is equipped with an automatic opening system during the tandem jump. It opens even if the tandem master cannot do so for some reason. As soon as the rate of descent at a defined altitude (usually 225 meters above ground) exceeds a preset value, the reserve is released. The failure of both parachutes is very unlikely.
The jump usually takes place from an altitude of 4,000 meters and already during the approach you have a great view of the landscape and the Alpine massif. Switzerland is well suited for skydiving all year round. In total you should plan half a day. The free fall takes about 45 to 50 seconds. You will reach a speed of about 200 km/h. Then the parachute is opened and after about six minutes of parachute flight you land safely on the ground
Often additional passenger seats in the plane (without jump) can be booked and spectators are also welcome on the ground. In addition to tandem jumps, solo jumps are also offered as first jumps and AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) training in several levels.
Leonardo da Vinci had the idea first, but it remained an idea for some time. The first parachute jump then took place in France in the 18th century, but it was only after the end of the Second World War that parachuting developed further as a sport. Before that, it was common in Switzerland exclusively as military means of transport for parachute scout pilots. Skydiving now refers to the parachuting sport that is performed as an aerial sport.