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By. Alex Erickson

Parachuting is when a person jumps from an aircraft, and falls towards the ground with the help of gravity. The person has a parachute strapped onto their back, and when they get close enough to the ground, they release the parachute to slow their fall.

There are many types of parachuting, such as free flying, tracking, formation sky diving, pond swooping, cross country, night jumps, sky surfing, and base jumping.

Many of these parachuting types are similar. Formation skydiving is when mulptiple people parachute, but in the free fall, they grab onto each others arms to form a geometrical shape. Pond swooping and cross country are both competitive. Pond swooping is when a person glides across a pond and is trying to get to the shore, and cross country is when a person trys to glide as far as possible in the air. Sky surfing is when you have a board attached to your feet, and you glide through the air as if you were surfing. BASE jumping is when you jump from a platform instead of an aircraft.

The history of parachuting started in with Andre-Jacques Garnerin who made successful descents using a canvas canopy and small basket, tethered beneath a hot-air balloon. The first intentional freefall jump with a ripcord-operated deployment is credited to Leslie Irvin in 1919.

Parachuting makes you feel the adrenalin rush when you are about to jump. While you are freefalling you feel like you are free from anything or anyone; just you. As the wind rushes by you, you pull a tab to activate the parachute. From there it is gliding safely towards the ground gracefully and safely.





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