What happens if you open the parachute with your back to the ground?


Answer from: Mark Sheckley:
The Musician....


There is a possibility that some element of the parachute system will catch on the protruding parts of the body (arms, legs, head) or equipment, which will prevent the normal opening of the canopy. That's why for beginner parachute is better to use forced opening. An experienced skydiver will find it possible to assume the correct body position in the air.

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