Story: Aerial recreation

The thrill of skydiving (1st of 3)

Listen to a skydiver talk about overcoming the fear of jumping from an aircraft.

Modern skydiving has come a long way since the sport of parachuting first developed. Training is rigorous, equipment is more sophisticated, and beginners take their first jump harnessed to an instructor or attached to a line that automatically opens the chute. The experience of skydiving is portrayed through this series of images, beginning with the moment when the skydiver prepares to leap from a plane flying at between 2,700 and 4,600 metres.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Spectrum 505 - Did he jump or was he pushed?/Reference number CDR711)

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Aerial recreation - Parachuting and skydiving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/6100/the-thrill-of-skydiving (accessed 27 April 2017)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006