7 Things You Must Know Before Skydiving with an Action Camera
Amazing extreme sports photographs are all over the place, and all the great action camera models are helping us create even more amazing content. Social media created a need for people to share their daily life, showing their friends what they are doing. Instagram and Facebook are filled up with marvelous skydiving footage. Incredible photos and videos are uploaded every day by skydivers wearing action cameras.
The USPA states that a skydiver should have 200 jumps before using any kind of device that can record or take pictures during a skydive. As skydivers, we need to focus on our gear, and it’s already a lot of stuff to think about. When we decide to jump with an action camera, we add one more thing to the list we need to check before skydiving– and a lot of people (mistakenly) think that their camera is more important than their parachute.
Here are some considerations to take into account before an exhilarating moment of triumph turns into a YouTube fail, Friday Freakout or worse during your skydive.
Being aware of yourself is easy because you are walking around all day, every day. However, being aware of your rig can be a challenge because you’re not used to wearing it all day long. Imagine how difficult it can be for you to remember that you have a camera on your helmet for the first time.
When the rush of the exit starts making your heart beat faster and the group ahead of you has just left the plane, although it is uncommon, you can get stuck with your camera in many places inside the plane. Also, be aware of your friends’ gear. Many skydivers catch their cameras on other people’s reserve handles, which can create a huge problem.
We have so many different helmet models to choose from, and most of them can hold a camera. Just make sure to have it as snag-free as possible. Lines can be an issue during the parachute deployment, and it’s our job to avoid this as much as we can.
This helmet below is a great example. It has a great snag-free mount because it doesn’t leave any edges for the lines to get stuck on.
Photographer Tip: Make sure there’s no gap between the shell and the inline foam. This can cause shaking and unsteady footage as well as a higher risk of snagging lines.
Action Camera Types
Most action cameras such as GoPro and Sony are small and feature simple functions (learn more about action camera options). Attach, point, and set it and forget it. Larger cameras, such as DSLR cameras, should only be used once you’re comfortable with all procedures. I suggest talking with an experienced jumper to get valuable guidance on this process.
Remember: The size of these cameras can cause neck fatigue and even injury.
If you’re not accustomed to the size, you can damage the camera and even throw off your exit. The lines have a higher chance of catching the camera and getting entangled. Not to mention fidgeting with all those settings can take up a lot of time.
Types of Mounts
There are many mounts on the market nowadays. Every week a new Gopro mount comes out. The best I can do is to suggest the mount I use on my helmet. The Modern Camera Solution mount is the one that I use to take all my pictures, and I feel really safe with it. Please check the link of the Facebook Fan Page and talk with Filip.
Curiosity: A falling GoPro reaches a terminal velocity of roughly 66 KM/H. Would you want that to hit your windshield or your house?
Beginners will not use wings, but I decided to add this here just in case.
Where and how your camera is mounted can change the type of rigging you use. Camera wings will require extensions to avoid release hesitation and entangling your lines. Doing a practice jump with the adjustments and extra weight before you add cameras is ideal. Get a feel for how the canopy feels and reacts before you split your focus.
Before jumping with any distractions, you should be confident with all standard emergency procedures. Not every situation is the same and emergencies are case-by-case, but you should be comfortable before you add any extra task to your jump.
Skydiving with a camera increases your odds of tangled lines. Entangled lines eat up altitude and there is a limited amount, so you need to act fast. If you can’t immediately disentangle your lines, cut away the camera helmet and hope that gets your lines free– if not, follow emergency procedures. If it works and the lines release, check your canopy and make sure you have a perfect canopy for a controlled descent.
In the event of a water landing always release headgear and excess equipment before landing. It will be difficult to free yourself in the water with all that material around your body and head.
Keep coming back
Don’t miss out on an amazing experience because you’re fiddling with camera equipment the entire time. Know your camera and your gear before a jump to save yourself time and frustration. Enjoy the jump, your friends and remember always:
Your life is worth more than the potential views or likes!
Where you jump also helps a lot for getting a great picture. Where should you go to jump? 10 Best Places to Skydive!
What to Know About Skydiving Videos
There’s nothing quite like that first skydive, when everything is brand new and you’re experiencing something you’ve never experienced before. It’s an amazing thing to do.
It’s something you’ll want to remember forever, and to share with your loved ones, too. By choosing to get a video made of your jump, you’ll have something you can look back on yourself and that your friends and family can watch, so they can feel like they were there too!
Here’s everything you need to know about getting a skydiving video, and be sure to check out our video services page for prices and bookings.
What is a skydiving video?
A skydiving video is a video made of your jump that you can keep to remember your experience by for years to come.
A skydiving video is captured in two ways, either using a handcam, or by a freefall camera person.
Handcam is the name for the small camera our tandem skydiving instructors wear on their hands.
This is worn on the left hand. It captures your face throughout the skydive and during the parachute ride too, and gives a great view of the whole thing! The angle is much closer up than the outside camera…
Outside camera (using a freefall camera person)
A freefall videographer is a skydiver whose job it is to wear a camera on their helmet and film your whole skydive for you, from a short interview on the ground to shots on the airplane ride up, your exit from the airplane and all of freefall. They’ll even grab you on the ground for a reaction shot!
The only thing you miss with an outside camera is the parachute ride, as the camera person is on a separate parachute. But the benefit is that the angle is further away than handcam, meaning you can see your whole body and the sky and ground around you too, giving a great sense of position.
How does it work?
Each skydiving video is different. With handcam, the video you get depends on you primarily, and how much you interact with the camera – and, most importantly, smile!
For outside camera, it’s a bit more creative. These are professional skydiving videographers who take great pride in their work – plus, they’re super awesome flyers themselves, which means they’ll sit right in front of you to film you as you fall, as well as flying around you to show how high up you are and to capture some of our exquisite views.
This might mean your video is a little different to your friend’s, but it makes sense, right – unique videos for unique experiences!
Can me and my friend share a skydiving videographer?
No, unfortunately not.
If choosing handcam, your instructor will wear the camera on his/her hand and only be able to capture you.
When you choose outside camera, you get a dedicated camera person who will film your experience for you. They sit in front of you in the sky in freefall and fly around you to capture the whole experience. That means they can only film on skydiver at a time. It’s also a safety requirement, as we have to have adequate distance between our tandem skydivers, which makes it impossible for the camera person to film more than one at a time.
Why choose to get a skydiving video?
The main regret we hear from our tandem skydiving customers is that they didn’t buy a skydiving video. Once you’ve experienced the jump, you’ll undoubtedly want to share it with everyone you know and post it on your social networks, but without a video, there’s no way to do that!
You’ll receive your skydiving video and be able to upload to YouTube, Facebook, Wistia etc and to share it via email or simply gather round the TV and watch together.
Do I also get photos?
Yep! Choose the handcam package with stills photos or the outside video and stills package and you’ll get both a video and photos from your jump. Bring on your next Facebook profile picture!
How to book
Booking your skydiving video/photos is simple! Check out our prices here, and book online today.
Everything to Know About Indoor Skydiving
Indoor skydiving is quickly gaining popularity as a fun alternative to outdoor skydiving. So much so that it has been widely petitioned to be considered an Olympic sport!
You must be wondering how indoor skydiving works and why anyone would opt for it when they could just as well skydive over some beautiful coastline. We’re here to tell you why indoor skydiving is, in its own way, a thrilling experience.
About Indoor Skydiving
What is Indoor Skydiving?
You know how you prepare to freefall for 5-7 minutes out of an airplane while skydiving? Indoor skydiving is nothing like this!
If you’re not prepared to try jumping out of an airplane, indoor skydiving is the next best option. You don’t have to worry about nerves and anxiety, or about jumping out of an airplane from a height of 13,000 ft. Indoor skydiving is carried out in a controlled, safe environment where you simply float on a cushion of air in large, circular wind tunnels. Indoor skydiving is completely safe, convenient and cost-effective.
You will be monitored in a completely controlled environment by licensed professionals. Various sport centres in the world host indoor skydiving facilities, like Dubai and Singapore.
How Does Indoor Skydiving Work?
Each indoor skydiving facility is designed and equipped with large tunnels. Heavy gusts of wind are pushed vertically upwards through these tunnels; in this way, you’re held up by said gusts of wind, making it seem like you’re flying. This gives you the thrill and experience of skydiving, without the pressure of having to actually jump out of an airplane.
These vertical tunnels are enclosed by strong, thick glass and are about 10 m in height. They counter gravity through ‘drag’ and not ‘lift’. Operated by giant fans, heavy winds at approximately 200 km/h are pushed upwards, on which a human body floats in mid-air, similar to the experience of an actual freefall. The fan speed is adjusted to accommodate the weight of each skydiver. Each wind tunnel comes prepared with a safety net at the bottom to prevent any rare mishaps.
Know Before You Go Indoor Skydiving
Indoor skydiving is a great option to consider if you’re afraid of heights or would like to experience freefall without skydiving from an airplane. Here are a few things to know before you try indoor skydiving:
1. You will be assigned a flight instructor who will train you before your indoor skydive. They will take you through all the necessary indoor skydive positions and movements to adapt, what to expect, how to float and more.
2. You will be given a flight suit, goggles, shoes and earplugs before your skydive.
3. Practice the arch position repeatedly! Once you perfect this move, your indoor skydiving experience will be far more enjoyable
4. Indoor skydiving is not recommended for pregnant women and those with joint dislocations and similar injuries
5. Each flight lasts roughly 1 minute. So make the most of it.
6. Anyone can go indoor skydiving. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
7. There may be certain weight restrictions in place. Please check with the skydiving facility before you enroll.
Don’t forget to try some spins and rolls while flying!
Indoor Skydiving Tips
1. Get the photos/videos package at the facility. This experience is something you would definitely want to remember.
2. There are no such dietary restrictions before an indoor skydive. You can have a regular meal before your scheduled skydive.
3. Schedule your skydive at least two weeks in advance to avoid missing the opportunity
4. The first skydive will probably be overwhelming and you won’t be able to register each moment. In the second indoor skydive, try some rolls, turns and spins!
5. Try and get to your skydiving facility an hour in advance to complete all paperwork and standard health checkup before your scheduled skydive
6. Remove all jewelry and accessories before your skydive to prevent losing them