Extreme Sports Barcelona
How did it all start?
Although both the ancient Chinese and Leonardo de Vinci are recognized as having conceived the idea of parachuting, it wasn’t until 1797 that the first parachute jump was made by a Frenchman, André Jacques Garnerín, using a basket underneath a silk parachute that was ejected from a gas filled balloon. The kind of parachute jump more familiar to 21st century eyes, carried out with the aid of a limp parachute without a basket, was first discovered by an American, Tom Baldwin, in 1897. Despite attempts to get parachuting recognized as a sport by the Air Sports Federation in the 1930’s, its association with “barnstorming” and bombing crusades gave it a bad name until 1950 when it was finally recognized as an aeronautical sport. The first world championships were held in Yugoslavia in 1951 and today skydiving is the largest internationally recognized sport in the Air Sports Federation.
But exactly what type of person wants to throw them self out of plane?
According to Internet tests, a “skydiver personality” is: Open minded, extroverted, independent, flexible, self confident, action-crazed, fun, interesting, irresistible and ambitious. Unsurprisingly, however, skydivers view their sport as a means of combating stress. According to David Brussan, a regular skydiver, the secret of skydiving is the total focus it provides: “I think on the way down, but only about what I’m doing. I can’t recall a single jump during which I’ve thought about anything other than skydiving. That’s it. You don’t dwell on what just happened. You think about what’s about to happen only enough to make it happen. You think about where you are and what you’re doing and that’s it. I know skydiving, helps me relax. And that relaxation comes from the focus. My job is stressful. I love my work and am devoted to it. But the fact that I can do something that so completely shifts my focus is very rejuvenating.” In this sense, skydiving provides quick relief from the physiological strain that is such an ingrained part of modern living. It can be likened to meditation processes such as Buddhism that teaches spiritual tranquility found through focus.
Extreme sports centers
So if you love taking risks or you are simply stressed to the limit then your moment has arrived. There are various centers near Barcelona that offer a variety of skydiving courses ranging from beginners instruction to advanced skydiving qualifications. All courses are run by officially qualified and experienced teachers.
Skydive.es, located at the Aerodromo la Cerdanya Alp – La Molina, are ready to make your dream come true! For those of you looking for a one day thrill, who have not yet experienced the pleasure of jumping head first from a height of 4000m, the best way out of the plane is strapped to the chest of one of their qualified tandem instructors. After some initial ground training, you will take to the skies where you will experience 1 minute of free fall, before the instructor opens the parachute.
If one death fall just simply doesn’t quench your thirst for action, you can adventure further a field and sign up for the various available courses. These include the “MiniPac” introductory course to free fall, for those who would like to learn more about the sport but arent uet sure if they want to take the full training course. The next level up is the AFF Accelerated Free Fall course, which prepares you to safely jump alone. A canopy course and wingsuit course are available for experienced skydivers.
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To find out more information about the skydiving courses available check out www.saltamos.es