One of our most popular questions here at Skydive Interlaken is about safety. For a first time skydiver, jumping from a helicopter and freefalling from 14,000ft can seem out of control! But it is quite the opposite. The sport of skydiving is safer than driving a car, and statistics tell us that you are more likely to get struck by lightning or win the lottery than die from a tandem skydive! Another point to think about is that if skydiving was really so dangerous then a lot of people wouldn’t consider it as a profession, but it is really one of the most rewarding professions around. If we still haven’t convinced you, then read our 5 reasons why skydiving is safe for you below.
1. The equipment
First a bit of history, the first recorded free fall jump is credited to Leslie Irvin in 1919 and the earliest competitive skydives date back to the 1930’s. Skydiving became much more mainstream once the military began developing parachute technology and used the act of skydiving as a tactical move during World War II. But the sport has come a long way since the days of military jumping with round parachutes where the wind would determine where you would land!
The tandem equipment that we use today for skydiving has been continuously developed and improved for over 40 years. One of the most important safety innovations considered in skydiving was the invention of a life saving device called the AAD which brings us to our next point.
2. The AAD
As mentioned above, the invention of the AAD is recognized as the most important of these safety innovations in skydiving history. An AAD (automatic activation device), is a small device which monitors air pressure and speed and when things are not going to plan i.e. you don’t have a parachute open at a certain altitude, this device will immediately will recognise this and release the reserve parachute. Having an AAD means that it is not possible for anyone to not impact the ground without a parachute.
3. The Instructors
Skydiving tandem instructors have to be put through intensive training before getting qualified. In Switzerland the regulations are high and Skydive Interlaken is an official member of the Swiss Skydive Federation.
4. The Helicopter
Just like Skydiving, helicopter flying is extremely safe! Especially in Switzerland where standards are high and the pilots are arguably the best in the world. This is due to the amount of hours they fly, in and around obstacles with long lines collecting supplies, grass and even sometimes cows! It takes a lot of hours of practice to be able to do this type of work and Swiss Helicopter pilots do this on a daily basis.
5. Standards and rule enforcement
Being part of the Swiss Skydive Federation means we have certain standards to keep up with and are audited regularly. We believe this is important for the safety of both our instructors and passengers. If you want to know more about the Swiss Federation you can check out their website here.