10 Skydiving Facts

Oliver Furrer

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving? If so, these are some cool facts about skydiving.

  1.  No Talking While Diving- In most movies with skydivers, people talk to each other while free falling. This however is nearly impossible. You are falling at a speed of 100mph so you can’t hear anything but wind noise for that period of time.
  2. Parachute Deployment- People are concerned if when you open that parachute that it will hurt from a harsh jolt from it opening. Actually, there is almost no jolt at all because the parachute gradually opens making you slow down naturally.
  3. ‘Jonas’ holds the record for first for getting the first tattoo while skydiving. The tattoo he got said WFFT which stands for World’s First Freefall Tattoo.
  4. There have been instances where military planes have gone down into bodies of water. The pilots open their parachutes underwater and it helps them float up. The parachute actually saves their lives.
  5. Around 3.1 million skydives occur annually. Out of that, the average amount of fatal events is 55. This is less than 1% of the jumps. Skydiving is safer than driving a car.
  6. The world’s youngest person to skydive was a four year old. The jump was a tandem jump which means the four year old was harnessed to a trainer. It was made from a 10,000 feet elevation.
  7. The lowest jump was 143 feet.
  8. On February 6th, 2004, a group of 357 skydivers joined hands together and stayed that way for 6 seconds before letting go. This was in Takhli, Thailand.
  9. Michael Zang created the new world record by doing 500 jumps in one day. The jumps were made in less than three minutes performed at a height of 2,100 feet.
  10. In 2012, a skydiver was almost hit by an oncoming meteor in mid-air but managed to get out of the way. The event was caught on film.

Hopefully you enjoyed these facts, and will take on this skydiving adventure!