How to get into BASE Jumping

So, you think jumping off buildings, cliffs, bridges, and antennas sounds like fun?

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Well, you’re absolutely right. BASE jumping is a blast!

But it’s not for everyone, and it will take a lot of time, energy, money and commitment.

One thing IS guaranteed; base jumping will change your life.

Here’s a few tips on how to get into BASE jumping, and how to get into it safely:

First thing is first. Start skydiving. You will need 150-200 skydives in order to take your first BASE jumping course. Find a USPA drop zone near you. Grab your best friends and do a tandem skydive!

Afterwards, you can talk to your instructor about when you can start your AFF (accelerated free fall) course.

During your skydiving journey, here’s a few key points to focus on:

  1. Canopy skills and accuracy. You should be able to confidently land exactly where you intend, understand stalling your canopy, make corrections using your risers, make corrections using your toggles, etc.

  2. Consistent and stable deployments. Focus on developing stable and clean deployments.

  3. Develop your freefall and body awareness. Learn how to freefly. In the process of learning to freefly, you are guaranteed a lot of fun AND you’ll develop body awareness. Flying the tunnel (IFLY Indoor Skydiving), balloon jumps and helicopter jumps will all help you build a great foundation for BASE jumping.

  4. Understand your gear. Develop a habit of always checking your gear. Learn how to pack, hook-up canopies, replace closing loops, use soft links/hard links, check your lines, etc.

  5. Don't forget to make a ton of friends!! The skydiving community is amazing and you’ll meet people from every walk of life.

As you are getting closer to your goal of hitting 150-200 skydives, you should meet your local BASE jumpers. Ask them if you can GROUND CREW for them. This is a great way to get exposure to the sport of BASE jumping.

Don’t feel hesitant to do more than 200 skydives before you do your first BASE jumping course.

Once you feel ready, sign up for a FJC (first jump course). There are many different courses available with instructors of varying personalities. Do your homework and decide who is the best fit for you and your personality.  

Here are a few BASE courses that are highly recommended;

Sean Chuma www.seanchuma.com

Miles Daisher www.milesdaisher.com

Apex BASE www.apexbase.com

Chris “Douggs” Mcdougall www.learntobasejump.com

Enjoy the journey. My life has changed in unimaginable ways since I did my first skydive. Take your time, and enjoy each step along the way. Before you know it, you’ll reach your goal.

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