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The Art of BASE jumping

The .50 BASE academy has been teaching the art and science of BASE jumping for over 30 years, with a cumulative experience of over 3500 jumps and more than 40 years in the sport. We believe in a safe and comprehensive introduction to the sport, and our FJC covers a wide variety of topics – all with the focus of safety and competence throughout.

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The Bridge

The bridge part of the course is essentially split into 3 parts:

Part one: ground school

This consists of several classes during which you will learn the basic skills required to exit from an object safely. We will discuss canopy flight and landing, and some emergency situations that you might encounter. The focus will mainly be on your first PCA’d (Pilot Chute Assist) jump from the bridge as we don’t want to overload you with information about more advanced techniques. The pendulator at the BASE House will be used to ensure that you are familiar with the exit, and you can practice until you feel comfortable with the muscle memory. We will walk the landing area and make sure you are happy with the hazards, and discuss the possible canopy flight patterns. This ground school phase generally takes around a day to complete.

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The Cliff

The ITW is one of the most popular cliffs in the world to jump from, and although it has a good safety record it must not be thought of as a site for beginners. The rock here is just as hard as anywhere else! That being said, it has a long initial rockdrop (around 12s to impact), and total vertical height available is 4000ft, enough for a good track and canopy flight out to the grassy landing area next to the Parete Zebrata cafe.

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.50 Cal home

The .50 BASE academy has been teaching the art and science of BASE jumping for over 25 years, with a cumulative experience of over 3500 jumps and more than 40 years in the sport. We believe in a safe and comprehensive introduction to the sport, and our FJC covers a wide variety of topics – all with the focus of safety and progression throughout.