A common misconception in tandem skydiving is you seem to “go back up” when the parachute deploys. Because of such awesome video technology, more and more people are getting videos of their skydive. When the parachute opens in the video the tandem student and their instructor seem to go back up really fast! Students have often reported they felt they were going back up when the parachute opened.
Sorry to burst anyone’s bubbles, but once you jump, there is no going back up!
(Unless of course you want to jump again after you land!)
What students are experiencing is the slow down from terminal velocity as their parachute deploys. More on terminal velocity later, but just a quick note, once you are at terminal velocity you don’t feel like you are falling! When the parachute opens you decelerate from 120 mph, so when the chute opens it does feel like you are going back up because you don’t feel like you are falling in the first place! So while it may feel, and even look like you are going back up in the sky, in reality you’re just slowing down!