With so much to see and do in the beautiful country of Ireland, you could be forgiven for not thinking about a first time skydive there. Usually people think of Leprechauns and Guinness, or visiting Giant’s Causeway not to mention the delicious food and friendly, captivating people, however, Ireland is a perfect destination for taking a first time skydive and the safety protocols that all skydiving facilities have in place will ensure that your experience is both safe and also one that you will never forget.
Skydive in Ireland for the first time
The training procedure at all skydiving facilities, or Drop Zones as they are known is similar, usually a video or a walk through of the procedure by the instructor (who is known as a Jumpmaster). You will learn how to make your first sky dive and also what to do in the event of an emergency, such as the Jumpmaster fainting during free fall, a highly unlikely event, but one that you will need to know how to deal with, as, were it to happen, you would have to release the parachute and get you both safely back on the ground.
You will also be shown the safety clothing and equipment and the way in which it is to be worn. Designed with your safety in mind, it can be uncomfortable, so it helps to wear loose comfortable clothing underneath, the type you can move and breathe freely in.
Once you have completed the training, it’s time to get in the plane and take off ready to skydive!.
Type of skydive a first timer can make in Ireland
First time skydivers usually attempt what is known as a Tandem Jump, as its name suggests, you make the skydive in tandem with the Jumpmaster and they are tethered to your back. Your Jumpmaster will have completed no less than 500 previous skydives and will be fully trained and qualified in all aspects of skydiving. They will fully control the whole experience and ensure your safety and well-being.
When the plane is at the correct altitude, the Jumpmaster will strap themselves to your back and you will get ready to jump out in tandem. Initially their weight will be very uncomfortable, but once you jump from the plane and are in free fall, you will not notice the feeling as you will both be weightless. This is the point when many people have second thoughts about actually jumping from the plane, this is a perfectly normal reaction and the Jumpmaster will have the knowledge and skill to help you overcome your fears and even give you a little physical push if necessary. They would never, however, force anyone to jump who was clearly terrified and who just wanted to stay in the plane, it is worth pointing out though, that even if you don’t actually make the skydive, you will still have the pay the same price for the experience. This is because you will already have had the training and utilized the time of both the plane and the Jumpmaster. In this situation, the Jumpmaster may well decide to make a solo skydive and you would then be left to fly back to the Drop Zone alone and these factors combined can be enough to motivate a person to actually make the skydive after all.
Once you actually jump from the plane, any feelings of fear will disappear once you are in free fall with the wind rushing past you. After a short time of free fall the Jumpmaster will release the parachute which will cause the descent rate to slow rapidly and give you time to really appreciate the full panoramic beauty of Ireland beneath your feet. Once you are back on the ground again, you may decide you enjoyed it so much that you want to immediately experience it all again and indeed this may be a possibility depending on time and availability , so it pays to ask.
There is another type of skydive available to first time skydivers known as a Static Line Jump, however, this is best suited only to the more adventurous and adrenalin rush junkie types being as it is the closest to a solo skydive as possible. A Static Line Jump involves more intensive training and it is more expensive because it involves two Jumpmasters, one tethered to you by a long rope and one on the ground, in communication by Walkie Talkie, observing wind speed and direction and guiding you both down in the safest way. For a Static Line Jump, you and the Jumpmaster jump out of the plane separately and you will have the responsibility of releasing your own parachute at the right time, however you will have the backup of the Jumpmaster tethered to you to help you out if you panic or forget how to do anything.
Skydiving facilities available in Ireland
Now you have read about what an exciting experience skydiving in Ireland can be, you are probably really keen to go ahead and book yourself into a Drop Zone, however before you do, just take a few minutes to make some checks. All skydiving facilities have to follow strict safety procedures and keep safety records, any breach of safety has to be recorded and can even cause total shutdown of that particular facility until it has been re assessed. So check out your chosen venue first and only when you are happy with their safety protocols, go ahead and book your experience, you are literally placing your life in their hands after all.
Here are a couple of facilities to start with:
So, if you are planning a vacation, think of Ireland and make that trip a whole lot more memorable by including your first ever skydive there. It will be an unforgettable experience that will make you the envy of all your friends and may even make you want to take up skydiving as a hobby.