How Fast Do You Fall When Skydiving?

When you’re skydiving in Boise, ID, with DZONE, it can feel like time is standing still or zooming past at exponential speed. But how fast do you fall when skydiving, in actuality? A simple physics lesson can help you learn how fast you fall when skydiving. You might also want to know how long you’re in the air when skydiving, and the details about the highest skydive. DZONE has all the fun facts for you, along with what to expect from your Bozeman, MT skydiving experience.

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Skydiving Speed

Your skydiving speed will vary, depending on body position, weight, and air resistance. That’s where your old physics class comes in handy. We won’t bust out the equations, but a tandem skydiving team at their highest speed during freefall (the time before deploying the parachute) will be traveling around 120 miles per hour. This speed is called “terminal velocity.”

Speed skydiving is becoming more popular with extreme adrenaline lovers. This souped-up experience is the fastest sport without engines in the world, reaching speeds from 150-180 miles per hour when the skydiver is in a head-down vertical position. Further streamlining can even lead to freefall speeds nearing 300 miles per hour!

How Long are You in the Air When Skydiving?

When you’re doing a tandem skydive with us in Coeur d’Alene, ID, your freefall time will be 30 to 90 seconds. Like speed, how long you’re in the air when skydiving depends on the altitude of the airplane. Once you’re under canopy—the term for when the instructor has deployed the parachute—your speed will slow and you’ll drift to the dropzone over a five to ten-minute period. This is when you’ll be able to take in the incredible views at a vantage point unlike any you’ve ever experienced in Spokane, WA or Butte, MT.

Highest Skydive

What’s the highest skydive ever performed? In space diving, the aircraft, or in some cases spacecraft, goes literally to the ends of the earth—62 miles where our atmosphere ends and space begins! Yevgeni Andreyev set the first record in 1962 with a 83,523-foot jump. That’s almost 16 miles! He held that record for nearly 50 years before Felix Baumgartner made two record-breaking jumps in 2012: 6,640 feet and 128,000 feet. His record only lasted two years before the current king of space diving, Alan Eustace, made a 135,908-foot jump. That’s over ten miles longer than Andreyev’s jump!

Feel the Speed with DZONE!

While we’re no Alan Eustace, we still want you to feel the rush of flying through the atmosphere with DZONE! Are you ready to start breaking your own speed records? Then, contact us and we’ll get started on booking your first tandem skydiving adventure.

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