Brazil may not be a place you would think of visiting to make your first skydive, but why not give it a try, combining a holiday here in Brazil, with its beautiful sandy beaches and rain forests, will make a first skydive here the experience of a lifetime.
First time skydiving in Brazil
The safety protocols that are in place at all skydiving facilities will ensure that even in Brazil a person can take that all important first skydive. Thorough training is given at the skydiving facilities, known as Drop Zones, you just need to arrive early and listen to and observe the training program which lasts approximately two hours. Each Drop Zone has its own method of training, be it a video or a walk-through of the procedure, or even a mixture of the two, it prepares you for any emergency situations should they arise such as the instructor passing out during free fall. In the highly unlikely event that this should happen, it is essential that you don’t panic, know what to do and know how to pull the parachute cord or deploy the backup parachute and get you both safely back to the ground. After the initial training lesson, you will be shown the skydiving equipment and clothing and how to wear it, this is not particularly comfortable but is designed with your safety in mind and it helps to wear loose, comfortable clothing underneath to enable ease of breathing and freedom of movement. Once you have had the training, you are then ready to put on the special skydiving clothing and head to the plane and get ready to take off for the experience of a lifetime!
Types of dives available to first time skydivers in Brazil
Usually, for first time skydivers a type of skydive known as a Tandem Jump, is recommended. Tandem Jumps are where the instructor, or Jumpmaster, as they are known, is strapped to your back and they are in control of the actual skydive itself. These Jumpmasters are fully qualified individuals, and have experience of at least 500 skydives. Once the plane reaches the correct altitude the instructor will make final checks to the skydiving equipment you are both wearing and strap themselves to your back. Although this is a little uncomfortable initially this feeling will pass once you jump out of the plane and are in free fall and therefore essentially weightless.
Sometimes, at this point, people can have a change of heart and are nervous about making the skydive, this is a perfectly normal reaction. The instructor will be very experienced in the best way of dealing with these feelings and will know whether a person really does want to make the jump, but can’t physically make themselves do it, in which case they can help with a small physical push, or, whether the person genuinely is too afraid and just wants to stay in the plane. The instructor would never force anyone to jump who really didn’t want to, however, it is worth noting that whether or not the skydive is actually made, once you are in the plane, you will still have to pay for the experience and that in itself can be enough of a motivator to jump.
The exhilarating feeling of free fall, when you actually jump out of the plane,is wonderful and any feelings of fear will soon pass. After a couple of minutes of this free fall the instructor will pull the parachute cord to release the parachute and this will slow your descent rate. This is where you can take time to really appreciate the beauty of Brazil and its wonderful scenery from a birds eye point of view, as the instructor will be in charge of everything and will ensure you both safely glide back down to the ground.
For really adventurous types, there is another type of skydive available to first timers known as a Static Line Jump. This type of skydive involves more training and is also more expensive as it involves the services of two instructors, one with you and one on the ground for guidance. A Static Line jump is where you and the instructor are tethered together by means of a long, strong rope but you have the responsibility of releasing the parachute during free fall. The instructor is obviously there for back up in the event you forget how to release the parachute or there is a problem, a tug on the rope alerts them that there is a problem and they can then release their own parachute and guide you both safely back down. You are essentially in control during a Static Line jump and must be in communication with the second instructor on the ground by walkie talkie, they will be monitoring not only your descent, but also wind speeds etc and will help to guide you down in the safest way.
Where can I try skydiving in Brazil?
Reading about how wonderful an experience skydiving in Brazil can be has hopefully gotten you interested you enough to at least give it a try, however before you do please remember that although all skydiving facilities follow strict safety guidelines, it is worth checking the safety records and practices of your chosen Drop Zone first. Any incidences will cause a center to be closed down and will call for a new inspection of their practices, so just give them a call first and ask, your life is literally in their hands after all.
Just to get you started here are a couple of Drop Zones in Brazil:
São Paulo Paraquedismo
Aerodromo de Boituva
Centro Nacional de Paraquedismo
55 15 30101605
PO BOX 969
55 (71) 9953-1000
55 (71) 3681-7187 (fax)
So, give skydiving in Brazil a go, it will be a choice you will be very happy you made and will create lasting memories of a wonderful holiday.