(Closed) Any Skydiving Bees out there?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Serey:  Never been, but I want to buy us a trip as a wedding gift to my sweetie!  He went once in NZ and thought it was amazing.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Serey:  One right here! You’re going to love it!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

It’s was on my “do it before I turn 30” list. It was sooooo much fun. The feeling of true freefall is indescribable. I felt so light and free. And it really puts things into perspective. When you are up there, you really feel how very big the world is and how very small you are.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I’m afraid of heights, but I’ve been skydiving twice. I kept expecting to get scared and back out, but things move so quickly you don’t really have too much tim eto think about it. 

It is really such an awesome experience, you’ll have so much fun!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

yes, I did a tandem jump for my 30th birthday. it was SO FUN! 

 

there is that point where you have to put your feet on the landing gear and lean out of the plane right before you jump. I looked down and experienced the biggest rush of fear I have ever had. but thank goodness my tandem guy knew what he was doing, because he made sure we were out of that plane before I had the chance to change my mind. so my advice to you is to do tandem, and tell your person to absolutely not let you have time to freak out. honestly, give him/her permission to nudge you out if they have to.  

 

my biggest surprise: you know that stomach dropping feeling you sometimes get (like on a roller coaster or whatever)? I thought freefall was going to be like that the entire time. but my mind/body oriented itself right away, and I was surprised at how clearly I was able to think and be aware of my surroundings. because of this, I wish I had opted to go for the higher jump so I could have been in freefall longer. 

 

a nice bonus was that I did my jump in southern washington, so I could see Mt. Ranier, St. Helens, and Hood! (all three are huge snowcapped volcanoes, if you’re not familiar with the area.) it was SO BEAUTIFUL. also, my guy was awesome and kept us aloft for a very long time. he made the experience very very fun. 

 

final advice: pay the extra $$ for a photo. or at least ask a friend to wait on the ground and shoot pictures while you’re coming down. I really regret not doing that. 

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Serey:  

Jumping out of a plane was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. And was also one of the things that brought me and Fiance together many years ago 😉

Are you planning a tandem jump or static line with ground school training? If this is a one-off sort of thing, do the tandem because you’ll get waaaay more freefall time. With static line, you get a lot less freefall, but you control your own descent. You will have awesome fun doing either 😀

I’ve done the static line jump a few times. The video from my first jump is just way out hilarious because my legs are so darn short, the chute was so darn heavy, the wind was so darn strong and I couldn’t quite reach the step outside the plane. I overbalanced and all but rolled out head first from the plane. I did achieve proper “form” eventually but gosh…we watched the video after and just about DIED laughing. In my logbook, the instructor gave me an A for effort and an F for style lol 😉

 

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It’s amazing!!! I loved it so much!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did a tandem jump a fews years ago. It was awesome. My guy was really great and after the inital free fall he took me in and out of the clouds and really let me enjoy it up there (the other guy was more free fall, let out parachute, land…not a lot of time in the air). The best part was right before we jumped out of the plane he counted to 3 while swinging in and out and then did a back flip out of the plane! So much fun!!!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve done two jumps and it was the most fun thing I’ve ever done. Definetly also the scariest but I would do it again in a heartbeat! 

Ive done all the adrenaline rush things (skydiving, bungee jumping, white water rafting, para sailing, etc..) and skydiving was by far the best!!

OP, I notice you’re in Ontario.. Are you going to the place in Burnaby near Niagara Falls? That’s where I went, and they were fantastic. Way better then the place in Toronto.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I did a tandem jump in college and it was AWESOME!  I’d love to skydive again and I highly recommend it!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m scared of heights but was not fearful of skydiving at all. It helps to have an awesome tandem instructor! i was a bit nervous on the plane (it’s small and noisy) but just took deep breaths. It’s best not to hesitate when you’re about to jump! The view is incredible and so tranquil. I had a second video guy jumping with us and he made free falling very fun and something to focus on. Wear sneakers, follow directions, relax, and have fun!!

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