How do I learn how to wing-suit? This is a question many of us asked when we began the sport of skydiving. After all, who hasn't dreamed of flying like a bird? Wing-suit flying is a form of skydiving in which the skydiver wears a suit specifically designed to have a high glide ratio. Much like a plane, the suits can travel horizontally through the sky over a range of several miles and as fast a 100 mph!
Wing-suiting requires special skills in altitude awareness, body positioning, and ability to deploy a parachute quickly. For this reason, the United States Parachute Association recommends that a skydiver have a minimum of 200 solo skydives before learning how to fly a wing-suit. So if you are interested in wing-suiting, first you must sign up for a First Jump Course to acquire your skydiving license. Then, jump like crazy to build your skills and experience until you reach the minimum jump number of 200 skydives. Then, take a First Flight Course with an experienced Wing-Suit coach.
Then, voila! You are officially part of the bird-crew.
Photo Cred: Joseph Thomas @ Skydive Arizona.