'Discovery' goes sky diving with the Irish Sky Diving Club at Coonagh Airfield in Limerick.
Learning about packing and rigging a parachute are important aspects of parachute jumping that each jumper needs to learn.
The first thing any sky diver has to learn is how to pack his parachute.
Members of the Irish Sky Diving Club run through the training procedure for a parachute jump. Bill Power explains how to fold and pack a parachute which requires great care if you plan on jumping out of a plane twice. 196 yards of rigging line support the parachute and must be bundled carefully in the packing process.
Once the basics have been mastered the jumper must then learn
how to get into a plane with 60lbs of haversack on your body so it won't get tangled as you leave
Rosaleen Power and other members of the group watch as a demonstration of how to get in to a plane with a parachute on, how to communicate with the pilot once on board, how to exit the plane, how to hold yourself during the fall, and how to land safely.
Once the plane is in the air and at the appropriate height, a streamer is dropped from the plane to check for wind direction and strength. In theory the jumper will drift the same distance as the streamer.
Finally the jump takes place. One parachutist describes how it feels to jump from a plan and explains the various manoeuvres that can be done as the jumper's skills progress with each jump.
This episode of 'Discovery' was first broadcast on 17 January 1966.
A version of this programme was restored, edited and broadcast as part of a series called 'Planespotting' on RTÉ 2 in 2006.
'Discovery' was a documentary series broadcast on RTÉ between 1964 and 1967. 'Discovery', which first aired on Tuesday, 14 January, 1964 touched on many aspects of Irish life with an occasional spotlight on events of particular interest.