Skydiving...?

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    Mar 03, 2016 5:55 AM GMT
    So I have the chance to go skydiving in a few weeks, should I do it? I am obnoxiously scared of heights so the plane ride up will be terrifying for me, but I love adrenaline rushes (ride rollercoasters and the like). I will be going tandem, as that is per protocol, but I am just worried about safety and the potential for death. I know it is probably slim but just the thought of diving thousands of feet sounds very precarious to me icon_redface.gif What I am basically asking is should I just put my big boy pants on and do it?
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    Mar 03, 2016 3:08 PM GMT
    I get it! I am terrified of heights also and I don't like flying. That is enough for me to keep my feet on the ground. However, if this is an adventure that you really want to experience and you will be guided by professionals, then give it a try. I do recommend wearing protective undergarments! icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 03, 2016 3:14 PM GMT
    I'd try this. Either way flying w/o wings is expensive, to expensive for my budget.
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    Mar 03, 2016 3:34 PM GMT
    Do it! If you have the chance go visit the outfit youre going up with and check them out/chat them up. Might help to lower your anxiety. Do some research online about the process, techniques and gear to help you warm up more towards the experience. You might find it turns out to be addictive as several folks I know have.

    I've gone sky diving 4x in my 20s and 30s and don't regret it but didn't get the bug. Now hot air ballooning is awesome and I'd be up every day if I had my choice.

    There are quite a few active and ex-military on this site. Some of them quite likely went through jump school. Chat them up?
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    Mar 03, 2016 4:31 PM GMT
    I have done it 3 times , the 1st time was quite scary when getting ready to jump fro the airplane , then it was just bliss , adrenaline rush definitely is there ..lol...
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    Mar 03, 2016 5:08 PM GMT
    Make the jump! Biggest rush I've ever had was the first jump. Did it in New Zealand. Chances of death are very slim - around 1 in 100,000. In the US, 15,300,000 jumps had 135 deaths.
  • BJ157

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    Mar 03, 2016 5:27 PM GMT
    I say do it. Skydiving was one of the most fun things I've ever done. I also took my friend who is terrified of heights and she loved it and wanted to go again. It will be an exciting unforgettable experience. Go for it.
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    Mar 03, 2016 9:16 PM GMT
    CrabNebula saidMake the jump! ... In the US, 15,300,000 jumps had 135..


    must do
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    Mar 03, 2016 10:19 PM GMT
    They don't make diapers big and absorbent enough for me to do that. Roller coasters are as exciting as it gets for me.   icon_confused.gif
  • oldfart

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    Mar 04, 2016 12:27 AM GMT
    We loved it. Gave it to hub for his bday year before last.

    We both can't stand heights - static heights where you can you fall to a hopeless end. And we are both military aviation types! But with a plane, or parachute (or about anything else you can use in the air) no sweat. That step off the plane is the only moment of hesitation.

    Nowadays, you may know, we don't use those old dome chutes. Now they are actually parasails, and you're flying!

    Go for it. I bet you'll really enjoy it.
  • Flyguy92

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    Mar 04, 2016 5:53 AM GMT
    I flew skydivers in 2014.

    At first I was completely against it but about 3 months in I decided I wanted to do a tandem, so I did. Absolutely loved it!

    Fast forward to spring of 2015. I started towards getting my A license for skydiving. I made three jumps while I was home from work on vacation, as I had moved away... I went back to work and the next time I was back home a few weeks/months later, I was planning on picking back up.

    However, I didn't as the dropzone suffered a fatality while I was home, their first in their 40+ history. It scared me out of it for the time being, however, I plan on possibly picking back up.

    While it is rare, it can happen. You have to understand that though.
  • FL180

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    Mar 05, 2016 2:20 AM GMT
    Do it, might just change your life icon_biggrin.gif



    I got my initial A license a little over 3 years ago and now am a Tandem and AFF instructor and jump pilot. Never thought I'd be doing this after I graduated college, but the best path in life seems to be the ones you never see coming.



    Cheers
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    Mar 05, 2016 3:28 AM GMT
    I did it once and loved it. The chute was pulled automatically, so no free fall. Amazing how quiet it is in the air. Be confident that if something goes wrong (very rarely), you can pull the emergency shoot and will be okay. Go for it !
  • Triggerman

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    Mar 05, 2016 3:30 AM GMT
    My Dad gave me some great advice: Never jump out of a perfectly functioning plane. I will do it when I am 98 and any problem will not really matter. I have jumped off bridges into rivers, cliffs into an ocean 89 feet below, I have no fear of heights or such. But a plane means you are trusting a complete stranger to pack your chute correctly. He might have been hungover, on his cellphone distracted, maybe a bit crazy... No thanks. If I want to trust someone with my life, it won't be a guy making minimum wage packing and repacking parachutes.
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    Mar 05, 2016 3:33 AM GMT
    Flyguy92 saidI flew skydivers in 2014.

    At first I was completely against it but about 3 months in I decided I wanted to do a tandem, so I did. Absolutely loved it!

    Fast forward to spring of 2015. I started towards getting my A license for skydiving. I made three jumps while I was home from work on vacation, as I had moved away... I went back to work and the next time I was back home a few weeks/months later, I was planning on picking back up.

    However, I didn't as the dropzone suffered a fatality while I was home, their first in their 40+ history. It scared me out of it for the time being, however, I plan on possibly picking back up.

    While it is rare, it can happen. You have to understand that though.
    Not sure how long you've been a pilot, but I've been flying since 2001...professionally since 2004. During that time I've lost one fellow pilot/coworker. Albeit the crash was his fault entirely, it's definitely a worse track record than one fatality in 40 years.

    Conquer your fears and get back to it. icon_biggrin.gif

    To answer the OP, ask yourself if you'd rather be the guy who's parachute didn't open, or the person who gets killed by a dumbass running a red light.
  • Triggerman

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    Mar 05, 2016 3:48 AM GMT
    I have a funny and sorta tragic story related to this:
    My friend's husband was, or is always, a Navy Seal. He jumped into places all over the world at night, under fire, all that Navy Seal stuff. When he got out he started his own jump team. They would do synchronized jumps into football stadiums, events, all that stuff. He did a jump for me when I was hosting a group of defense contractors on the Midway battleship, which is now a museum, in San Diego. 5 guys jumped from a helicopter and landed on the USS Midway. My client loved it.

    Two weeks later, he is with his wife at Lake Havasu in Arizona. House boats and all. They go to Copper Cove, guys decide to jump off a rock fixture called the Rhino's Horn. Maybe 60 ft? I have done it. The hardest part is getting on the actual horn. Anyway, he jumped into Lake Havasu. Hit the water wrong. Broke his hip. Had to be airlifted to Las Vegas and was laid up 6 months.

    Just a heads up. Everything that seems safe is not always such. Methinks.

    Trig
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    Mar 05, 2016 5:38 AM GMT
    You young whippersnappers have it so easy. I don't think tandem was even a thing when I skydived in '83.

    That experience was completely different than any cinematic version I'd seen up to that point. In the movies they'd typically show a bunch of guys seated in a row on a bench in some roomy fuselage, each in turn standing up and bailing out a door so big you could ram a single engine Cessna through it. In reality I was crammed with two other skydivers in an actual Cessna (for older dudes, the fly windows made me feel like I was being flown in a VW beetle) like sardines in a can, clasping our rip cords tightly to our bodies lest they tangle or deploy our chutes in the windy cabin. We'd each have to wriggle out the door to step onto a barely two foot long 2x4 platform and stand there solo holding onto the wing strut while waiting, loaded with gear, as the plane flew forward at unreduced speed, for the order to let go and fall backward into the void and on blind faith, hope that the back of your head didn't get clipped by the tail of the plane.

    The only thing worse than jumping solo was landing solo without an instructor under you to take the brunt of the fall. I wound up missing the field and hitting the thin sliver of tarmac - hard - on a herniated disc, which didn't appreciate the additional compression. If it helps your decision, for me, once was enough. I could do it again if pressed but I have no desire. It may be worth it for you just to see if you can do it. In retrospect, given subsequent life events, jumping out of a plane was a piece of cake.
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    Mar 05, 2016 2:24 PM GMT
    Skydiving looks very interesting. I like hands on sports:
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    Mar 06, 2016 8:05 AM GMT
    hate to say it but, YOLO!
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    Mar 06, 2016 9:23 AM GMT
    I just signed up for this...oh god help me.
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    Mar 07, 2016 8:30 PM GMT
    Congrats.

    Okay, I've never watched a tandem jump and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about so I did a YouTube search, and to really enhance the experience I watched someone that was HOT who jumped shirtless:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRhCWGG6wFc

    Again, I don't see the big deal.

    You'll be in a roomy fuselage comfortably seated in neat rows in real seats like you and your fellow jumpers are on some chartered flight to Bermuda, NOT crammed into the back of what's essentially the seatless cargo area of a station wagon, holding onto your jump cords for dear life lest they deploy if nudged.

    You'll bail out a big, wide door with a trained instructor who literally has your back, on your back, guiding your descent, keeping you company, and guiding your landing, NOT stepping solo out a tiny door to stand on a teeny tiny platform while grabbing the wing strut and awaiting further instruction before being told to fall backwards on blind faith, hoping that your head won't hit the tail of the plane.

    You'll be nestled comfortably in the crotch of your instructor cooing in your ear, landing you in a comfy seated position, missing (in the case of the video, barely) the hard concrete tarmac, probably telling you only to "put your legs straight out in front of you upon landing while leaning into me," NOT "land on your feet with soft knees and try to land sideways on your hip to minimize risk of injury" remotely through a headset which you can't hear through, upping your chances of landing on concrete.

    You'll be fine. The only way your experience could possibly be easier is if someone jumped in your place.
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    Mar 07, 2016 8:53 PM GMT
    More power to you, Nebraska Kid! As for me, my general rule in life is I prefer to avoid scary situations unless absolutely necessary and I find adrenaline rushes to be overrated. But to each his own.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Mar 07, 2016 9:00 PM GMT
    I say do it! I've wanted to try skydiving for years. Maybe finally this summer I'll do it.
  • ScandalFan

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    Mar 07, 2016 10:28 PM GMT
    You might try iFly first if you have one of those around where you live.
  • Triggerman

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    Mar 07, 2016 11:15 PM GMT
    They just opened an Ifly here in San Diego. It is less than a mile from my house. I might try it. Sounds like fun.

    As far as doing dangerous things, I ride a motorcycle almost daily and on long weekend trips. Dangerous, definitely but less so depending on your riding style and bike. But, the fun and adventure and the things I have seen that you just can't get in a car are worth it. The wind, the smells of places like mountain passes and meadows and farms, make the risk worth it. So, if you know the risk, which is fairly low, and you want the experience, I say have a great time.