How far can people swoop?Written by Jakob Jelling
Swooping is a spectacular sport to watch, and there are a few parts of it that make it much more fun to watch than regular sky diving. For one thing, majority of sport actually happens near ground. This makes it much easier for a normal audience to experience a swooping competition - you don't have to jump out of plane with swoopers to see what they are doing in order to win competition.
There are several different types of swooping competitions, and one of biggest events involves distance. While there are several ways to determine length of a swoop, most competitions find it easier to do this event over a lake or pond of some sort. As a result, swooping distance is measured from point where swooper's feet first hit lake until moment when they finally land.
Like any distance sport, more and more swoopers will end up breaking distance record. This is especially likely in a sport like swooping when equipment can have such a large effect on whether or not it is possible to swoop for long distances.
Swooping competitionsWritten by Jakob Jelling
No sport would be complete without a competition for best of that sport to show off their skills, and swooping is no exception. Just like any other sport, there are swooping competitions year-round in several different countries around world. If you have been swooping for a while, and you want to see how well you compare, then you should look for a swooping competition in your area.
Swooping competitions are relatively new, and there are two different types. The first is just a swooping competition in which all of sky divers are accomplished swoopers. The second type of competition takes place as part of a larger sky diving competition.
Even though swooping is a new sport in a lot of areas, and there are not always competitions in place wherever you go, number of competitions worldwide is increasing. In fact, these competitions are doing a lot to add to popularity of sport - both among other sky divers and other people who are just looking for an extreme sport to watch.
Most swooping competitions are only for very expert swoopers. Since a lot of different maneuvers that are required in competition are difficult, none of these competitions are open to everybody. If you would like to compete in a swooping competition, then you're going to have to qualify. You can qualify by showing through a few jumps that you have control over your canopy, and that you are able to accurately hit inside of a target area.