Find out more about the Skydiving class and how to enroll here.
KNSFHP 1139.14 (1 credit)
Permission of instructor
What you will learn:
- Safety precautions and emergency procedures
- Body’s biological response to a perceived risk
- Understanding of basic skydiving equipment
- Freefall techniques
- Canopy flight and landing procedures
What to expect:
- Course consists of 4 class days
- If students wish to jump it will be on the class day but are not required to do so in order to receive credit for the course
- Understanding the most basic skills of skydiving
- Historical, technical, and competitive perspectives of skydiving
- Understanding the concept of risk in extreme sport
- Discovering a new exciting sport
- Overcoming fears
- Understanding the biological response to perceived risk
- For decades, the highest skydive record was held by Captain Kittinger, who jumped from a plane that was 102,800 feet in the air. However, this record was recently broken in 2012 by a man named Felix Baumgartner. In October of that year, Baumgartner jumped from a height of 128,100, significantly passing Kittinger’s record. This height equals almost 25 miles, and during the drop he managed to break the sound barrier.
- Frank Moody has the record for the oldest skydiver, at age 101, he made a tandem jump on 6 June 2004 in Australia.
- The current world record for the largest formation skydive is 400 people, set in Thailand in 2006. They held the formation for just over 4 seconds.
- Approximately 3.1 million skydives occur annually. Out of this, the average number of fatalities is around 55 which is less than 1% of the jumps that take place!
- You cannot hear anything while in free fall. During a tandem skydive the wind travelling past you at over 100mph makes it pretty much impossible for you to hear