...fooling around with rescue equipment?!
For me it is one of the best sports in the world.
It is not only that you get a buzz when doing your
freefall. It just let's my heart do the happy dance.
It is a sense of freedom when you are up in the sky
like a bird. For outsiders that might be trite but I
already savor the time before leaving the aircraft while
watching the ever-changing cloud formations and enjoying
the fantastic view.
Skydiving is first and foremost a type of movement. Only
it's not horizontal but vertical. There is for instance
the relative work, also called formation skydiving. Relative
work means skydiving with other people who perform a "dance"
during freefall. That is, they hold each other by the arm and
leg trying to build a special formation. It's probably the
most popular discipline in skydiving. Relative work requires
special training, perfect teamwork and absolute concentration.
On the other hand, there is the so-called "freefall". The freefall
is a single jump - just choose your preferred body position - head
first, in a seating position, upright standing and this with up to
186.5 mph. Sometimes it looks like a 3D ballet, sometimes like clownery.
Finally, there is skysurfing - a subtype of the freefall. Just put a kind
of snowboard under your feet and then go surfing through the sky.