Costa Brava. National Parachuting Championship in Castelló d'Empúries Costa Brava. National Parachuting Championship in Castelló d'Empúries




Four thousand metres high. One minute of free falling. Speeds of close to 200 kilometres per hour. At 1,500 metres, the parachute opens. Between seven and ten minutes pass until you land gently on the ground. Parachuting consists of jumping from a plane and then slowly floating down through the air with the aid of a parachute. You can perform everything from acrobatics to precision jumps. You drop at a rate of 5.2 metres per second, and yet you reach the ground with less force than if you jumped from a height of three metres. Anyone in good health can enjoy this experience. The parachute is a flying device that consists of a dome (similar to a large umbrella) and a harness designed to significantly reduce the speed of the free fall. The design has improved over time and parachutes can now control the speed of the drop and the effect of the wind, and maintain stability based on the weight and shape of the object being transported. The parachuting school Skydive, in Empuriabrava (Girona), is known all over the world. There are two ways of becoming familiar with parachuting and learning the techniques: the AFF course (Accelerated Free Fall) and the tandem jump (jump with a two-person parachute). The AFF and AFF introductory parachuting courses are for people who decide to practice free-fall and train as parachutists. The tandem jump is the simplest and fastest way to get started. The instructor is in charge of all aspects of the jump and control does not depend solely on the participant.