During freefall, the wind travelling past your ears is well over 100 mph. This much makes you deaf to all sounds you cannot hear a fellow skydiver. This is the reason your ears sometimes ‘pop’ whilst diving!
‘Jonas’ holds the record for getting the first tattoo while freefalling at a height of 4,000m in Sweden. He got a ‘WFFT’ tattoo made while skydiving with Nordin. WFFT stands for World’s First Freefall Tattoo! Now that is EXTREME skydiving.
Approximately 2 million skydives occur every year. Out of this, the average number of fatalities is around 35 which is less than 1% of the jumps that take place. Skydiving is safer than driving a car!
On 20th of May 2001, Michael Zang created a new world record by completing 500 jumps in a day. His jumps were made in intervals of less than 3 minutes and he performed these jumps from 2,100 feet. What a man!
Thought about having some group fun? In 2006, 400 divers hailing from 31 countries, took 80 seconds to form a flower-like arrangement in the sky, at a height of over 23,000 ft. This was considered the most difficult group skydive ever attempted.
On 21 June 1913, Georgia Broadwick became the first woman to parachute jump from a moving aircraft, doing so over Los Angeles. Doing it for the girls!
The youngest person to have ever accomplished the feat of skydiving was four year old Toni Stadler from South Africa. The youngster was strapped to Tandem Master Paul Lutge's chest as they leaped out of their single-engine plane 10,000 feet above the earth, freefalling for half a minute before opening the parachute.
The oldest person to skydive was Fred Mack who at 100 years old set the record. Fred, who truly knows how to live life to the fullest first tried skydiving on his 95th birthday and promised friends who supported him that he would come back for a second jump if he made it to 100-years-old. Mission accomplished. What an inspiration!
You don't have to worry about the free fall creating that "heart attack-inducing" roller coaster drop feeling. The feeling is actually one similar to floating and the air resistance creates a degree of support. Free falling is like a human being taking flight. The air flow is constant and allows for aerial maneuvers that are a lot of fun.
Some of the most daring skydivers include a 92 year old man sporting artificial knees, a hearing aid and weighing 105 pounds who leaped from 3,500 feet did a solo jump and a 90 years old woman who skydived from 12,000 feet to celebrate her birthday.