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The Ultimate Skydiving Quiz
by Staff
"Geronimo," is the call of skydivers all over the world. Skydiving is much less dangerous than driving a car, but it has a dangerous reputation. Take this quiz to learn more about the ups and downs of skydiving.

What is the typical altitude for a skydiving jump?

  • 10,000 feet
  • 13,000 feet
  • 17,000 feet

At 13,000 feet, how long does the skydiver have to free fall?

  • 60 seconds
  • 75 seconds
  • 85 seconds

At what altitude does the skydiver deploy the parachute?

  • 2,000 feet
  • 2,500 feet
  • 3,500 feet

How many lines do modern parachutes have?

  • one
  • three
  • five

What are most parachutes made from?

  • silk
  • lightweight nylon
  • heavyweight nylon

How fast is the free fall?

  • 85 mph
  • 100 mph
  • 120 mph

Why is it difficult to fold a parachute?

  • hard to get the air out
  • material is heavy
  • lines get tangled

What could go wrong when deploying the parachute?

  • main canopy fails to inflate
  • main canopy gets caught up in the lines
  • both answers

What happens if you are free falling and lose consciousness?

  • deployment of the reserve chute at 750 feet
  • deployment of the reserve chute at 1,500 feet
  • splat

What is a tandem jump?

  • two people jump together
  • two people skydive while strapped together
  • one person jumps after the other

What kind of parachute is used for tandem jumps?

  • same as normal
  • special for tandem jumping
  • large enough to accommodate two people

What is the cost of a tandem jump with an instructor?

  • $100
  • $200
  • $400

What type of license do you need to jump?

  • A
  • AFF
  • AAD

How many people jump each year in the U.S.?

  • 275,000
  • 350,000
  • 400,000

How many fatalities are there from skydiving in a year?

  • 19
  • 30
  • 300

Where did the term "Geronimo" come from?

  • Western movie
  • skydiver named Geronimo
  • neither answer

When does a jumper experience free fall?

  • after the jump
  • before deploying the parachute
  • both answers

What is the primary parachute?

  • main canopy
  • pilot chute
  • reserve chute

How does the parachute attach to the jumper?

  • shoulder straps only
  • leg straps only
  • shoulder and leg straps

How long does it take for an experienced jumper to pack his parachute?

  • 5 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes