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Skydiving in the Philippines
Skydiving, an extreme adventure sport is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Interestingly, it occupies a spot in a few people's bucket list. As a sport, skydiving is characterized by daredevils who make no qualms about jumping off a plane 10,000 to 13,000 feet off the ground and freefalling for just seconds. It is a highly risky and indeed a very expensive sport. Although the experience lasts only in minutes, but it is one unforgettable event.
Not surprisingly, skydiving as a sport is still new in the Philippines. Only a few skydiving spots can be found in the country. Noted skydiving drop zones often mentioned are located in Subic (Pampanga), Cebu and Tanauan in Batangas. And yet, there is a growing interest in this sport and it would be great if this extreme sport is regulated to make it safe for everyone.
The Philippine Tourism department, in its drive to promote 'It's More Fun" in the Philippines campaign, came up with diving packages to make skydiving within the reach of everyone interested. Skydiving packages have been offered in the Subic area freefall Tandem skydiving and static-line. Tandem skydiving entails skydiving while being harnessed to an instructor. This is ideal for first timers inexperienced in the sport but would love to give it try. On one hand, static-line skydiving means one will jump off the plane solo and will automaticall open up the parachute after plane exit. This is recommended for those who want to start a career as licensed skydivers.
Skydiving is not yet a very popular sport here but who knows, if the DOT program and Subic packages make a big turn out, perhaps it would be a great encouragement for skydiving schools to make their presence in the country.
As with any sport, skydiving is not for everyone. People who suffer certain conditions are not allowed to participate in the sport. Those with hypertension, heart disease and people who easily faint are not allowed to engage in this sport. But then, if you are interested and do not have any of the mentioned conditions, then it is your chance to try to skydive at least once. Just make sure to practice safety and listen carefully to the skydive training and orientation before the initial jump and never forget what you learned. Panicking is also a definite no-no.
It is better to try things that are out of the ordinary, skydiving being one of them. It has its own risks but it draws a definite set of people who are find the thrill of this sport worth it.