Skydiving School (Dictionary)

Below are commonly used terms by expert skydivers and Skydive Philadelphia's staff. If you do not see a term in our dictionary that you have a question about, feel free to give us a call!

Accelerated Freefall

A skydive that is performed without an instructor attached via harness. 2 Instructors will accompany the student during their jump to ensure that the skydive goes as planned.

Altimeter

A device that measures the skydivers current altitude. Altimeters are used to judge height above the landing zone and allow the instructors to deploy the parachute at proper altitude.

Automatic Activation Device (AAD)

A device that is connected to the reserve parachute container. AAD's automatically deploy the reserve parachute at a pre-determined altitude, speed, or time.

Canopy

Also known as parachutes, canopies allow each and every skydiver to land at a safe and comfortable speed.

Drop Zone

Any area that skydivers reserve to land. Drop Zone can also refer to the skydiving establishment, as a whole.

Freefall

The time during a skydive that the skydiver is falling without the parachute deployed. Freefalls typically last anywhere from 45-60 seconds.

Harness

An object which holds the skydiver securely inside the parachute system.

Pack

To properly fold the parachute system before a scheduled jump.

Pilot Chute

A smaller parachute that is used to allow the main parachute to open correctly and promptly.

Tandem 

Refers to the sharing of one parachute system with another person. Tandem jumps are typically performed by newcomers and students.

Wing Suit

A jumpsuit that is designed specifically for the act of gliding horizontally until parachute deployment.

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I did my first skydive in Philadelphia and I LOVED it. This stuff can really make you an adrenaline junkie. Thank you very much for the perfect jump, the facilities are pretty nice and the instructors there are definitely on top! It was fantastic.
- Anna Hamann

Hi- I just completed my skydive today with Chris. I wanted to give him and the other instructors a compliment on how professional they were and what a great job they did at making me feel at ease about jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet! I felt like I was in completely capable hands and after getting home and watching the video I am so impressed on how he was able to take video at the same time. I would highly recommend Chris or Skydive Philadelphia to anyone looking to take a skydive. Thanks for the adventure! -Sarah
- Sarah

This was my first tandem jump done with SkyDive Philadelphia at their Perkasie location. I did not quite know what to expect, and I have a massive fear of heights, so the jump was a big step for me. Lucky for me, I got Pete S. as my instructor, and he was incredibly reassuring. He immediately instilled trust and a feeling of being safe. He talked to me all the way up, explained what to expect, and it was exactly what I needed. Even when we were at the edge of the plane ready to fall into the airy void, I felt sure that nothing wrong could happen to me. And that made the jump amazing. The calm that you get to experience after the parachute opens and you soar above all things earthly - nothing comes close to that. It's been three days since I first jumped, and I am itching to do it again.
- Alina Y