Any Bees out there with experience with Skydiving??

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee

@azzie17:  I wouldn’t say I was experienced, but I’ve done it once! It was pretty surreal, I wasn’t scared when the time came to jump out, the flight up to 10,000ft seemed to be super quick! Once the time is right, there is no time to think, my instructor and I crawled over to the door and out we jumped! It was over pretty quickly, and I wouldn’t do it again -landing went wrong and I got hurt. It was over 6 years ago and I still get pain. It’s one of those things though – you can get hurt (the first thing they said to me was ‘you could die doing this’, and I had to read PAGES of disclaimers and sign the responsibility away), but for the most part it doesn’t happen. The guys were really nice though, it wasn’t anyone’s fault that I got hurt, it’s just a risk we take!

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@azzie17:  The free fall is over so quickly! It was amazing though, I had a good look around as we were falling – I did it over my town do it was pretty awesome to see it from the air. You don’t get that ‘tummy sinking’ feeling like on a rollercoaster, it is kinda more like floating than falling (I never felt that ‘omg I’m falling’!’). And the air rushing past you feels pretty cool. It’s an awesome feeling – like you and your instructor are the only people in the world! Despite it being around 30C on the ground, it was 0C up that high. When they pull the parachute, it’s a really strange feeling, it feels like you shoot up into the air, but it’s just that it totally slows the fall, then you glide back to earth! My instructor even let me steer the parachute!

i did it because I’d been through a breakup, and had wanted to do it for a while. I thought it would totally change everything about me, but it didn’t. If anything, it was something cool I did one day that surprises people! Everyone is different though, you may feel that you can conquer the world after your jump – Especially if you lack confidence before you do it. It takes courage to do jump. If you do it, make sure you do the whole deal – photos and video. It’s a great keepsake to have! The guys that did mine interviewed me and my family who had come to watch, then edited it and put it to music which was cool! The pilot also asked where I lived and flew over my house which was awesome!

My sister had talked me into going on a flying lesson – and this to me was SO exciting! When I landed, I couldn’t even speak. It was completely exhilarating. You should have seen me taxi all over the Tarmac (you steer with the foot pedals, the hand controls are for the wings when you’re in the air!). I found the flying lesson to be more thrilling than the jump, but I did the lesson on the same day my sister suggested it so I had no time to ponder it, unlike the skydive that was moved a couple of times. I’d highly recommend that if you’re looking for a thrill!

If you want to do it, go for it! It’s a totally different experience and a cool story to tell people!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have never skydived (if that’s a word), but SO did about 5 years ago. He also did the tandem skydive (I don’t think he had a choice – he had to be with someone who was licensed/experienced). When the “teacher” pulled the thing (I have no idea about skydiving terms) to release the chute, it didn’t go. It was stuck. The teacher yelled “S*IT,” which obviously freaked my SO out. About a second later, though, the backup chute released and he was fine. Other than those few seconds when he thought he was going to die, he loved it. He also said he’d never do it again.

Despite that, I really want to try! Not trying to scare you!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@azzie17:  just popping in to say that I thought about doing this for awhile. But honestly, even though statistics prove that MOST of the time, no one dies or gets seriously hurt, SOME of the time someone does. To me, the ten second thrill of jumping out of a planan isn’t worth potentially losing my life over. Should you walk through life afraid to try new things? No. But skydiving seems pointless and very risky for no reason.  If something bad happened to you, would it have been worth it?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve done it, it was so fantastic and I’m seriously tempted to do it again! Such a rush and I went with a super-experienced instructor (I think he had done over 1000 jumps?) who was amazing and did all sorts of fun tricks on the way down (after checking with me first, heh). He spiralled down past a waterfall while we were gliding and we got so close we saw the rainbows in the water. When I wasn’t putting my feet up quite far enough for the landing he just let me put my feet on his so I wasn’t in any danger of hurting an ankle. It was out of this world, I loved every second! So if you do do it, make sure it is with someone good/experienced.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I went skydiving 5 years ago. It was fun! The instructors made me feel really at ease, and the fact that you don’t actually jump, the guy/girl you’re strapped to jumps REALLY helps! I found it less scary than bungee jumping! Do it 🙂 And if you can, do it somewhere scenic.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

DH anf I went skydiving the day after our wedding last year. It was incredible.  Honestly, I was less nervous than the day before.  We both tandemed with experienced instructors, and our families came out to the air field to watch.  We loved it so much we promised to skydive every year on our anniversary.  We aren’t going to make it this October (I had a baby 2 days ago). But our best friends are getting married in December so we’re all going to do it after their wedding.  If it’s on your bucket list do it. It mght even be the catalyst to try other new things or to cross off more bucket list items.  

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Do it!

I’ve been twice and it is incredible.  I also happen to be afraid of heights, as in I can’t even stand by the window in a tall building without feeling anxious. With skydiving, I wasn’t scared at all. I think part of it was that you don’t have time to be scared and part of it is that they take so much preparation to keep you safe.  I didn’t feel scared because I knew the only job of the guy I was with was to get me to the ground safely. 

If you go, you should get pictures! It adds to the cost but is pretty cool to see, especially if it’s something you’re scared of. If you’re scared of other things in the future you can always look at the skydiving photos and it’s a reminder that you don’t have to let a little fear stop you. 

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