Post # 1
My SIL’s fiance and I have been talking about going sky diving lately, and with his birthday coming up, I was debating whether to buy us a trip or not. My husband and my SIL have no interest in going, and they think we’ll chicken out, but I’m really determined to go.
I was just wondering if anyone has any experience and if it’s worth it or not?
Post # 3
My FBIL went and he said it was one of the best experiences of his life! He loved it and really wants to go again.
Post # 4
Totally worth it! 😉
It’s actually way safer than everyone thinks. Go for a tandem jump though (you will be strapped to an instructor) that way you get to really enjoy the ride, the instructor is responsible for your safety.
My ex is a skydiver, he actually holds canadian/world records, and is an instructor. I got to jump 10 times, it was awesome!
Post # 5
Its on my bucket list. Its something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m not sure if I’d actually follow through when it was time to jump. But I want to try it. The only thing is, I’ll have to do it soonish, I don’t want to be a parent and jumping from a plane… just in case!
Post # 6
A friend from college did it once for kicks, fell in love, and ended up getting her license. You’ll probably have a wonderful time if you can work up the courage!
Post # 7
I went about 5 years ago…it’s such a rush! I was completely terrified the entire drive to the skydiving facility, but the instructors were so good and informative that I was completely at ease once I got there. It’s a strange feeling knowing that you are going to jump out of a plane! I suggest talking to the instructors about safety…I did that and they were completely honest with me which really helped. The only reason I won’t go again is because I have really bad ears and they did not clear because I was descending so fast. My ears popped for days after I went skydiving.
Post # 8
@strat, that’s exactly the reason why i could never go! my ears are SO sensitive, even when i’m just on a short 1 hour plane ride!!!!
although i do have an irrational fear of heights as well… it never stopped me from going on roller coasters… and i REALLY wanted to skydive, cuz i think it’s safter than bungee jumping!
Post # 9
It’s an absolutely amazing experience! It’s been a few years since I jumped- I did a tandem jump- but I take out the DVD and try to relive the experience, even if it isn’t really quite the same. With the tandem, there is little you have to do, just arch your back & position your legs when you are free falling and landing. I went on a completely clear day and you could see for miles. Very peaceful. I’ll admit I was disoriented the first few seconds, couldn’t catch my breath at first, and my ears popped like mad, but those big swooping circles we did as we came down made it all worth it. I’d also highly recommend getting the pics and DVD if it is offered.
Post # 10
I haven’t but FI and his brother did for his brother’s 30th as a surprise. They said it was SO much fun! It’s uber freezing up there even in the dead of summer. It was SO worth it. I really want to skydive soon with FI as well. After the wedding. 😛
I think for a newbie you have to do tandem, no?
And oh, you basically sign your life away prior to the jump! Hehe.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
I did it and loved it!! 🙂
Post # 12
Oh no, I never thought about your ears. Eeek…I have inner-ear issues (which is why I don’t go very far underwater (seriously like 3 feet and I’m done). I usually just take A LOT of tylenol sinus a few days before I fly commercially, but my husband has his private license and you only go about 5000 feet up and it never bothers me. I’m sure you only jump at 1500 feet up or so, so maybe it won’t be that bad.
Post # 13
It was the best ever!!
The rush is amazing & so fun, whats interesting is that you don’t get the falling sensation (like you do on roller coasters) instead it feels almost as if your floating. No stomach back flips or butterflies lol!
My experience was scary however, b/c the first chute actually got tangeled so the instructor had to tear that away & use the reserve chute! We started spinning in circles and I was freaking out, but the instructor remained calm. When we had our second drop (which was the sensation of cutting loose one chute to open the other) I was really freaking, but still the instructor remained calm & wouldn’t tell me excatly what was happening till we reached the ground.
Even though I had a crazy experience, the instructor told me that in 25 years, that was only the 2nd time he had to use the reserve chute. And, even though it was very scary, I still recommend skydiving to everyone!! 🙂
Post # 14
@Bree: jumping 1500feet up would be very dangerous.
Usually they will take you about 10 000 feet up and open the parachute at around 5000 feet if you are in tandem. Experienced jumpers will also jump from 10 000 feet, but open the parachute around 3500 feet. This is the lowest safe altitude you can go to open a parachute. Some skilled jumpers will go lower but it is against regulations.
If it is your first jump and you chose to do the course and jump alone, no tandem, they will bring you to 3500 feet and open your parachute as you leave the plane.
Anywhere lower than that does not allow you to recover if something were to happen, nor open your safety parachute if there’s a malfunction. Technically you’re not supposed to turn under 1000 feet either.
So to sum it up, you probably want to discuss your ear situation with the dropzone before making any decision, but it is very unlikely that you’ll only go at 1500 feet.
Post # 15
It is amazing. Well-worth it. We paid the extra $$ to go higher, and to free fall longer. We requested flips and spins during the free fall. We also paid for the DVD and pictures which was worth it, but not he best quality. I guess it is kind of hard to get the best shots when the camera is strapped to the guides wrist. Do it!!
Post # 16
My FI and a group of his friends went ( I had my little one and couldnt go) but they loved it..all of them. I was and still am super bummed I didnt get to go that day but we are planning on doing it this summer. I heard its amazing!