Freefall is the term used to describe the time you leave the aircraft until the parachute is deployed. In essence, you are falling freely through the air, though in practice you will be under control and using techniques and equipment to slow you down slightly. The normal amount of freefall for each jumper is between 4000 – 5000 feet.
Freefall is not the “roller coaster drop” feeling most people expect it would be. It is a comfortable sensation of floating and support, with a slight pressure of air against your body.
Freefall is the closest thing to human flight, especially when falling “relative” with other skydivers. In relation to other skydivers in the air, a jumper can move forward, backwards, up, down and all around in the sky.