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12 Skydiving Myths

Maria & Shell, by Stikkos

IMO the below are completely untrue…

Some you may have heard spoken aloud. But the most potentially dangerous are those that are not, they can be inherent preconceptions

Do you recognise any?…

Siân by Andrey Veselov
  1. Being an awesome tunnel flyer automatically makes you a great canopy pilot
  2. Slow is fast (WTF?! Slow is slow)
  3. Pulling your reserve handle doesn’t matter if you have a Skyhook or a Cypres
  4. You must have new gear after AFF even if you can’t afford so much coaching / jumps / tunnel (save your money for when you can stand up all your landings)
  5. If you have a high performance canopy, you don’t have to worry about turbulence
  6. Chicks dig scars (did any female confirm this, ever?)
  7. Gear checks every jump aren’t important, as long as you check your rig in the morning
  8. Downsizing will improve your landings
  9. You don’t have to look out the door on the green light, the pilot has GPS (would you cross the road without looking?)
  10. You have to jump a small canopy to have fun/be cool
  11. It’s not worth building competitions into your training plan, better to spend all your money on jumps
  12. You get the best advice asking your skydiving question on Facebook

Note: the opinions expressed in this article are only those of the author, Lesley Gale. The inclusion of random photos of my friends in expressive poses does not suggest or imply their agreement with any or all of my points of view 😉

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Meet: Lesley Gale

Lesley has been in love with skydiving for 35 years. She is a multiple world and national record holder and a coach on 20 successful record events worldwide. She has over 100 competition medals spanning more than 25 years and has been on the British 8-way National team at World events. She started Skydive Mag to spread knowledge, information and passion about our amazing sport.
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