Skydiving in Spain

Spain is a beautiful country set on the Mediterranean coast and draws lots of tourists, the warm climate with over 300 sunny days a year combined with clean, sandy beaches make it a must visit holiday destination for many. Most people, however, think of a beach holiday and getting a suntan and never think of trying skydiving here, but why not? If you enjoy the adrenalin rush from trying out the unknown and want to experience everything that Spain has to offer, try skydiving here. It is the perfect destination for skydiving and the breathtaking views to be had from that high up will create lasting memories you will never forget.

First skydive in Spain

Even if you have never skydived before, you can make a skydive in Spain your first time. As long as you are ready and willing to give it a try and carefully listen to the instructions given you will have a wonderful experience. All skydiving facilities in Spain are rigorously checked for safety and you will receive full and adequate training prior to taking that all important “First Leap”.

As with skydiving anywhere, taking your first skydive in Spain calls for an early morning start, you will need to be keen and eager to learn as there is much to take in. Once you arrive at what is known as the “Drop Zone”, you will start with a training session and every centre will have its own way of doing this. Some like to show a video and some like to have an instructor doing a walk through the basics, or even both together. What is vitally important is that you pay full attention to what you are being told as it will give vital information on what to do in the unlikely event of a free fall emergency. In the extremely unlikely case of anything going wrong during your leap you need to know how to pull the parachute and also the back up parachute and also know how to land safely. It is worth pointing out that the likelihood of any problems occurring is minimal due to all the stringent safety checks, however having the knowledge to know what to do in a skydiving emergency is sensible and reassuring.

Skydiving equipment and clothing is unfortunately not particularly comfortable, as it is designed for safety, however wearing loose comfortable clothing underneath can help to counteract this. You need to be able to move freely and easily, so this is not the time for any clothing that is tight or restrictive such as tight fitting jeans. You also need be able to breathe properly. Your instructor will advise on how best to wear the skydiving equipment, please remember that your safety is paramount so wear the skydiving equipment and clothing as instructed no matter how uncomfortable it feels.

When you have completed the training and have learnt how to put on and wear the clothing and equipment, you will be ready to go to your next destination which will be the plane to get ready for take-off and prepare for that all important first jump.

Spain is one of the worlds top holiday destinations. Famous for its beaches, but check out the City of Arts and Science buildings in Valencia.

Spain is one of the worlds top holiday destinations. Famous for its beaches, but check out the City of Arts and Science buildings in Valencia.

First timer skydiving

For first time skydivers their first jump will usually be in tandem with the instructor, as this is the safest way. The instructor, or jumpmaster as they are known, will be a fully qualified skydiver with at least 500 sky jumps under his or her belt. Once the plane reaches the required altitude both you and the instructor will put on the skydiving equipment. Obviously it is essential that the instructor makes sure you are both securely attached to each other, so they will check everything very carefully and then strap themselves to your back. Although this will initially feel very heavy and uncomfortable, that feeling will subside once you jump, start to skydive and are in freefall. Also you will not have a lot of space in which to move around , but it is only for a short while. It is possible that once you get to the point where you are actually ready to jump you may well start to have second thoughts about whether you actually want to go ahead and do it. This is a very common reaction and one which your instructor is very used to. The instructor will be able to guide you through your feelings and give you the necessary reassurance and confidence to go ahead and make the jump. Even the keenest of people can have second thoughts when looking out of the open door of the plane, this is a normal reaction which most first time skydivers have. The instructors are very experienced, after all they have done many, many jumps themselves and will no doubt remember their first time and the way they felt. They will know whether or not you really want to jump but just can’t actually make yourself take that leap of faith. Whilst they would never forcibly eject someone from the plane, they have a vast experience in this and know that if necessary they can actually give you a small physical push if that last step is what is holding you back. It is worth mentioning at this point, that if, by any chance you do decide not to jump you will still have to pay the full price for the skydive, as you are paying a price for the time of the plane and the instructor , both of which will already have done their work, the actual jump is essentially free. This in itself can be enough of a motivator for people to jump, as who wants to pay for something they have not had. If you do decide to stay in the plane the instructor may stay with you or choose to solo skydive as obviously they are in prime position to do so and it is after all something they enjoy.

If you hopefully go ahead and make the jump, this is where most people find that their fears subside. You have done the hard part and combatted your fears, now is the time to just enjoy and once out of the plane you will experience a few minutes of free fall and the intense and indescribable feeling that accompanies it. The instructor will know when to pull the parachute cord to release the parachute and may even allow you to do so should you wish to. One the parachute has opened then your descent rate will reduce and you will slowly glide to the ground. This is the time to truly appreciate the beauty of your surroundings, just enjoy the experience and make the most of it as the instructor will ensure your safe landing. Many people, once they have taken that first jump, can’t wait to go back and do so again and that may be an immediate possibility depending on time and availability of the instructor. If there is time and the instructor is available you may be able to prepare and go straight back up for another attempt, there may even be a discount for doing so.

For the more brave first time skydivers there is also the option of doing what is known as a “static line jump”, this differs from a tandem jump in that the instructor is not tethered to your back and it involves much more intensive training. With this type of jump both you and the instructor are tethered together by a long and extremely strong rope however when the correct altitude is reached you pull your parachute cord to release the parachute. In the unlikely event of you being unable or too scared to pull the cord to release the parachute, a tug on the rope will signal to the instructor and they will release their parachute. The rope between the two of you will ensure that the rate of descent stays the same for both of you. It is advised that you release your own parachute though, as the whole point of a “static line jump” is that it is as near to a solo jump as safely possible for a first time skydiver. It also prepares you for the future should you decide that you want to make solo jumps, so you need to be ready and able to pull the cord, however it is comforting to know that the instructor is there should you need their help. Again safety is paramount and during your descent you will be communicating with an instructor on the ground via walkie talkie, they will observe you coming down and the direction and speed of the wind. They will give you instructions on what course of action to take thus ensuring you are safely guided back to the ground. For first time skydivers this type of jump is really only for the truly adventurous and stout hearted as both parties need to jump out of the plane at the same time and you are essentially on your own. It is also more expensive because there is more in depth training required and it also needs two instructors, one tethered to you and one on the ground, observing and guiding. Although skydiving in tandem is a truly exhilarating and amazing experience, skydiving via static line jump is an out of this world experience. Knowing that you have essentially done it on your own is something only the truly adventurous amongst us can understand.

Once you have completed your first skydive, who knows you become hooked on it and decide to go back again and again. Maybe one day you will end up being the “instructor” and will honestly be able to say “ I understand how scared you are feeling” when faced with a first time skydiver who is having second thoughts.

Skydiving in Spain is a breeze.

Skydiving in Spain is a breeze.

Where can I skydive in Spain?

Hopefully now that you know what skydiving entails you will be keen and eager to make that all important first jump. Even if you had not considered Spain before as a possible venue for your first skydive, hopefully you will now have enough information to tempt you enough to at least give it a try. Listed below are a couple of recommended places to skydive in Spain; first of all though your safety is paramount and it is important to do your homework , even though skydiving facilities in Spain are safety checked it is worth calling a couple to ask about their safety records and practices before you actually go ahead and book. Taking a few minutes to be sure they have good safety records is important as you are literally placing your life in their hands.

There are quite a few skydiving facilities in Spain but just to get you started, here are a couple of recommended sites:

Skydive Spain

Close to Seville, Southern Spain
Office: +34 955 766 056
Dropzone: +34 687 726 303
Email: info@skydivespain.com

Skydive Empuriabrava

tel. +34 972 450 111
fax +34 972 450 749
Sector Aeroclub, s/n 
17487 Empuriabrava (Girona) Spain
E-MAIL: General information: infoweb@skydiveempuriabrava.com
Team training: wim@skydiveempuriabrava.com

Choosing Spain as your holiday destination has always been a popular choice but now you can think of a holiday in Spain in a completely different way. Why not go ahead and try skydiving here? With everything else Spain has to offer, including skydiving on your holiday will really make for the experience of a lifetime, one that you will thoroughly enjoy and never forget.

Author: Jenny Walker

......... I am a sensible yet crazy girl who loves life. Into anything exciting or adventurous! MWUAH!

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