When it comes to extreme sports, people often look to parachuting or skydiving disciplines. Those interested will definitely find a way to practice through a commercial operation or a club center existing within the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) oversees the activities in the aero sport field which is rapidly growing since 2012 and reports on the Dubai International Parachuting Championship; Skydive Dubai is available instead for those that like to sky dive.
Those into freefall, i.e., exiting an aircraft and returning to Earth slowly by deploying a parachute, can enjoy this recreational activity and competitive sport in Dubai. However, learning the basics of aerial jumps, and the complex skills while freefalling, can take thousands of attempts to master. The supervision of the Skydive Dubai team can help. In fact, it offers an Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) training program that can prepare wannabe jumpers with the knowledge and skills to be fully prepared to skydive safely alone. Undergoing the program could eventually lead to becoming a licensed skydiver, at least within the UAE. The instructors themselves are fully accredited by the USPA (United States Parachuting Association) internationally and EAA (Emirates Aviation Association) nationally.
Dubai is a premier skydiving location; it became people’s number one choice for skydiving ever since holding the international parachuting championship that was held in the Palm Drop zone in Dubai. High above in the ski, jumpers experienced then and still do the regular aerial drop overlooking the luxurious manmade island The Palm Jumeirah.
BASE-jumping, which is an extreme sport, is another high-intense activity followed by many. Last year, Skydive Dubai (skydivedubai.ae) sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen (friends and jumping partners) to make a record jump from The Burj Khalifa. Both took BASE-jumping higher than ever before in Dubai, by setting a world record – 828m off the famous Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building).
With the support of Nasser Al Neyadi, chairman of Skydive Dubai and H.E. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, the Soul Flyer team gained access to the building and made a total of six jumps, in both free-fly mode and wing suits. Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen established the new World Record by BASE-jumping from above the pinnacle of the skyscraper. It was the first time anyone had done it from the very top of the building. Veteran French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet leapt off a 3 X 1 meter platform and BASE-jumped into history on 23 April 2014 by entering the Guinness World Records. When asked by the press why they had done it, Fugen said, “It’s the only building in the world that lets you do free-fly maneuvers, jumping head down!” Teammate Vincent Reffet added that, “this was by far the most exciting jump of my life, a dream come true.”