Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
never been sky diving but my little sister is up to 30 jumps now. she want to take me so bad now. I have a feeling I am going to love it.
If I started to do I wonder how long till I have a wing suit
It's worth trying at least once. If you are an adreneline junky you would no doubt get hooked on it. On the actual jump I was shaking most of the time, almost backed out at the last second as my turn came up, and the whole thing was a blur that I vaguely recollect, accept for the fear and adreneline and my heart didnt stop pounding until about 15 minutes after I landed and realised what I had just done and I was still in one piece.
The class lasts all morning and the first thing they do is show you 'safety' videos kind of like those 'scared straight' movies they made us watch us in Drivers Ed class about what can go wrong if you dont do what your supposed to. Video clips of imapled jumpers landing in trees and forgetting to cross their legs, landing on electircal lines, someone twirling around helplessly in a tangled chute...this is what happenes if you panic..then show a grainy video of the student jumper doing a 20 foot bounce in the air after impact. Obviously this is all to instill that this is not a ride at Disneyland. A couple people didn't return after the mid morning break. The whole class is pretty much about what to do when something goes wrong - malfunctions, line-overs, stuck risers, tangled lines, and how to deploy the reserve AFTER cutting the main or you are in a heap of doodoo.
That stuff scared me more than the jump itself - I kept thinking I would panic and go right for the reserve handle and forget to release the main. When it got to my turn all I remember is climbing out to the wing strut and looking down as I hung from the struts, and my legs were flailing back and forth in the prop stream. My eyes were peeled on the ground and I remember the pilot/instructor kept yelling at me - 'Look Up or your going to flip !' and when I did he yelled 'Let Go and Arch !', When I let go I felt like I was going to spin and all of a sudden I felt a tremendous jolt and pop as the static line pulled open the chute. Thats all I remember from there. I enjoyed the tandem jump more...that was quite a ride and I didn't have to do anything and new the instructor was controlling it all. I just recollect it being very very loud as the wind rushed by and my stomach felt like it was up in my throat like going down an endless first drop on a roller coaster. That was fun though.
Anyways, give it a try. You will probably enjoy it and get into it. I am too nervous and cautious a person to really take it up. Too scared