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Old 01-06-2013, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone been skydiving?

The thought of skydiving one day has always lingered in the back of my mind. I was just watching this show in which they interviewed a guy that did wing suiting!i thought that looked way kickass.but I'm afraid to ride roller coasters!(watched to many movies haha).so I was just wondering if anyone has ever done any skydiving or base jumping or wing suiting or anything
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I went skydiving tandem(instructor tethered to you)about 17 years ago. I would like to go again, maybe in Caribbean on vaca. You should go if you have the opportunity, it's amazing. Although nerve racking, you be amazed that you don't get that "roller coasting" feeling in your gut. When I went we free fell from 18,500 feet, which is rather high nowadays I believe. It was a really warm and clear day. I wanted my groomsmen to take me for my bachelor party but a bunch wussed out lol.
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It looks awesome!looks like it really gets your adrenaline pumping.it would be the bringing myself to jump out of the aircraft
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One of these days I wamna go
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Once a couple years ago. It is nerve-racking and a little scary leading up to it if it is your first time. Once you do it you walk away raving about how awesome it was and how much you want to do it again.
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I was waiting for you to chime in on the thread with your pictures lol
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I did some skydiving about 10 years ago. I was working on my class A jump license and had 11 jumps on my log book. I think most programs are 20 successful jumps to get certified.
If you are going to do it I would recommend starting on your class A jump license. You start with ground school and all your jumps are solo and are coached. The first several jumps are not that great, 3000' static line and 5000' hop'n'pops, but once you get up to the free fall jumps above 5000' it is totally worth it. You start working on free fall maneuvers and get to do some fun stuff. The highest I got to jump from was 12000' with some pretty cool instructors. The more you jump the better the jumps get and the price starts going down a lot even if you rent your equipment. The alone time under canopy is also much better.
I guess the tandem jumps are nice because you can go all the way up to the ceiling and jump on your first go but you don't get jump credit for them or have control like you would if you work up to it by yourself.
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now this brings back memories... it's been over 25 years for me. i only did three jumps at the time. i was in college and i couldn't afford it so i did it. the adrenalin rush was so intense after my first jump that i drank 4 12 oz. beers in less than 15 minutes and never caught the first buzz.

i did the static line jumps like p_hewitt mentioned. actually i didn't jump as i had to put both feet on the step over the landing gear and with my hands i climbed out on the strut of the wing far enough until my feet started dangling in the air. look over at the jump master in the plane and once he gave me the ok then i let go of the strut and arched my back. maybe a second or less of a free fall.

i don't know why i lost interest in it because it was one of the funnest things i've ever done. probably cause i didn't have any money i think it was 10 static line jumps and approval from the jump master to be able to move to the next level which was a 5 second free fall if memory serves me correctly. then it was on to longer free falls.

if you are even remotely considering a jump, then book it now and jump your ass outta some plane!!!
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KoolAidMan weighs 200 lbs and I weigh 700 lbs, but we would reach the ground at the same time. This underscores the futility of diets.
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now this brings back memories... it's been over 25 years for me. i only did three jumps at the time. i was in college and i couldn't afford it so i did it. the adrenalin rush was so intense after my first jump that i drank 4 12 oz. beers in less than 15 minutes and never caught the first buzz.

i did the static line jumps like p_hewitt mentioned. actually i didn't jump as i had to put both feet on the step over the landing gear and with my hands i climbed out on the strut of the wing far enough until my feet started dangling in the air. look over at the jump master in the plane and once he gave me the ok then i let go of the strut and arched my back. maybe a second or less of a free fall.

i don't know why i lost interest in it because it was one of the funnest things i've ever done. probably cause i didn't have any money i think it was 10 static line jumps and approval from the jump master to be able to move to the next level which was a 5 second free fall if memory serves me correctly. then it was on to longer free falls.

if you are even remotely considering a jump, then book it now and jump your ass outta some plane!!!
Thank you for your inspiring words!im sure it's an adrenaline rush like no other
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I've never been skydiving. I went bunjee jumping once, but that was the most therapy for my fear of heights that I could stand. However, I offered to drive once when two friends, both women, announced that they wanted to try it. That turned out to be a great day.

We just picked a date on the calendar and went. We discovered upon arrival that we had inadvertantly chosen a Saturday that happened to coincide with some sort of skydiving festival. It was really outrageous. There was this sort of carnival atmosphere, with hundreds of people about, some set up in tents or RVs, some few there just for the day as we were. As my friends went through the formalities of paperwork, I watched plane after plane take off, and not long after, chutes filling the sky. There were many tandem jumpers, but also solo jumps, and more than a few formations.

The women I was with were the naturally gregarious type, and before long, they had us socializing with a group of jumpers, many of whom were doing multiple jumps that day. It was really quite surreal. People seemed genuinely pleased at the two women, and their sense of adventure. I endured some good natured ribbing, given that I was the only guy in my group, and the only one who was too much of a p_ssy to jump. I expected some more hardcore macho-type browbeating, but really, people didn't push my too hard, and seemed happy at least that I was supporting my friends.

When they finally went up, I stationed myself out near the landing area. I spent a few minutes craning my neck to watch for them, but soon decided to just lay down in the trampled hay. It was really much better to watch from that vantage. I got to see a great many jumpers that day, and some of them just as they were returning to earth, and I can tell you that I have rarely seen so many grinning faces in one place.
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