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Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:03 pm

Has anyone ever been skydiving before? I saw a show on tv about skydiving and it looked like it might be fun. Now since I have never left a plane while in the air I have no idea what it's like. Is it exciting/scary/fun? Any experiences would be great.
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:08 pm

I've been indoor skydiving twice and it was great.

I will go skydiving for real whenever I get the chance.
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:08 pm

If I am sky diving it is because the plane suffered a major structure breakage and I am now free falling to earth.
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:10 pm

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
've been indoor skydiving twice and it was great.

What is indoor like? I had the opportunity to in 1999 but passed (now I wish I went).
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:16 pm

Have done it a couple of times. Fantastic fun. haven't been solo though, always strapped to someone. Did it one just South of Melbourne, and once just out of Christchurch.

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
I've been indoor skydiving twice and it was great.

This sounds comical. Is it with the big fan creating the updraft?
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:40 pm

I did it over Queenstown in NZ. It was great - I have somewhat of a fear of heights, so I thought I'd be terrified. But when it came my turn to be pushed out the door, there was no fear - perhaps it was just too high to be able to even register height...

I'd love to do it again one day, though it is a bit expensive, and I do have to wonder about the logic of throwing yourself out of a perfectly servicable aircraft.

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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:27 pm

Quoting Petmbro (Reply 3):
What is indoor like?

Its a massive round tunnel about 5 stories tall with pads on the walls. The "floor" is made of two or three nets that has a DC-3 engine below it. That took a little getting used to, haha.

You take a class about safety and technique and dress up in the same garb as standard skydivers. Once you get in the tunnel, they crank up the fan and you start to "skydive." I was surprised how hard it was to stay stable... I could only keep stable for 10-20 seconds before falling out of the flow.

The instructors said indoor is much harder than the real deal because of the small stream of wind.
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:50 pm

Oh yes baby!

I did it last year in South Africa. I can still feel all of the emotions and physical excitement that I experienced. I jumped tandem from 10,000 feet in the Durban area of South Africa - way to go!!!

Here are some pics of me.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b311/CurtisMan/P1000779b.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b311/CurtisMan/P1000779c.jpg

Cheers!
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:04 pm

I did it in Queenstown and again in Rotorua during my NZ trip in 2004. It was the 'high' of my tour. Would certainly like to do it again.
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:12 pm

And this is what happens when it goes totally wrong.

I shot these photos many years ago at a jump school. It was the ladies 108th jump, it malfunctioned, she tried to untangle it then "cut away" to go to the reserve.... but that didn't work either. The final frame is her freefalling just before impact into the trees.

SPLAT!!!

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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:24 pm

Quoting Petmbro (Thread starter):
Has anyone ever been skydiving before?

On purpose you mean?????

Not a frickin' chance in hell . . . .

I'd piss myself . . . or worse.
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:38 pm

I've been a couple times. 1st time was tandem and second was static line. I actually liked the static line a lot better. I'd consider going again.
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:53 pm

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
I've been indoor skydiving twice and it was great.

I know there is a place somewhere in Vegs and I was hoping that it would be included on the list of possible things to do while the A.net crowd or mob is there. Maybe I will find it and try it on Friday afternoon.

And yes I have been sky diving as well as spending 4 years as an Airborne Ranger in the service. I have well over 150 military jumps to include jumps in both daylight and total darkness. Static line jumping is an amusement park ride. Don't really have to do anything except jump. The rest happens automatically. Night jumps were always interesting, especially on moonless or very cloudy nights. Mass jumps were also always interesting as the chance for a mid-air collision was real especially in darkness. My free fall sky diving was all civilian and in broad daylight. There is really nothing to compare it too save maybe bungee jumping. In free fall you are accelerating for about the first 5-7 seconds and really feel as though you are "falling". You then hit terminal velocity and the floating sensation settles in. The opening of the canopy can either be hard or soft, never did figure that one out. The landing is all up to you. Do it right and it's cool. Do it wrong and you can get hurt. I would like to get back into jumping but the wife made me promise to wait until the girls are 18. 6 years to go if that holds. Don't know if I could do a tandem jump, that's a lot of trust in someone you probably don't know too well.
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:27 pm

Quoting Petmbro (Reply 3):
What is indoor like? I had the opportunity to in 1999 but passed (now I wish I went).

It's fun but if it's a closed circuit type it will be hotter than hell! Very good practical example of Kelvin's law. For the closed circuit types, try to get there early in the morning as they normally run the AC full bore overnight and the first 15-20 minutes of operation are quite pleasant.

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 6):
The instructors said indoor is much harder than the real deal because of the small stream of wind.

Absolutely true especially for larger people. I've seen "skygods" with 3000 jumps and a wall full of awards bounce off the walls while their 5 year old will just jump right in and fly like a pro. Definitely an ego bruising experience.

Personally I've got over 1300 jumps total and have (non current) instructional ratings for static line and tandem. I'm also an FAA licensed Senior Rigger(back type only). Anybody who has questions let me know and I'll try to answer. Btw, 1300 is not so much, I know of at least one person who's now broken 25,000 jumps and about 400 hours of freefall. He also owns a DC-3 and a P-51 so you should be jealous as hell!
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:09 am

I've done tandem jumps....I'm looking forward to AFF.

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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:05 am

Quoting Petmbro (Thread starter):
Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Yes. Quite a few freefall and several static line.
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:10 am

OOOOOh yes!

Brilliant experience (one of my best and most memorable), jumped from 12,000 in Caloundra Brisbane, landed on the beach, the whole thing was filmed as well!

The funniest time is when the door opens, suddenly there is quite queue for the toliets..............................!!!!!

Im planning on going back and doing a jump from 14.000 feet............in the dark
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:11 am

There's only one way to skydive!  Wink

 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:01 am

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 9):
And this is what happens when it goes totally wrong.

!!!!  Sad
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:07 am

ive done skydives in Australia,UK and Hawaii.All tandem jumps my last 2 in Hawaii i got injured in both.  Sad
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:43 pm

What is the chance of getting hurt when jumping? I've seen the pictures and once in a very very long while you hear about it on the news. Is there a big risk of breaking something? For my first I was planning on being strapped to someone so would that make the possibility of getting hurt go down?
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:19 am

well my last 2 jumps i got hurt,both in Hawaii the first i told the instructor when practising my exit that i would bang my leg on the side of the exit of the cessna when going out he told me it would be ok if i pulled my leg right back which of course i did but still got my leg badly bruised.The next jump in hawaii from a bigger plane i got throttled by my chest strap so badly i had to use all my strenght(pulling the strap away from my throat)for the rest of the descent while i was half a sleep.
Exactly a month to the day prior to my jump in hawaii 2 tandem jumpers got killed in hawaii at the same centre when there shutes didnt open this was in jan 2003 when i jumped.
My skydiving instructors had usually done many thousands of jumps and are still breathing.
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:41 am

No not yet but when i turn to whatever the legal age is im going to, but on this sunday im going in one of them windtunnel things as there is one only 20miless from me.

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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:47 am

I did a static-line jump (solo) from 2,500 feet when I was a wee lad (16 years ago now). Was great once I'd got over my fear of flying, and once the 'chute had opened the feeling was magnificent.

I'd recommend that everyone does it at least once as it was a magical experience.

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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:53 am

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 9):
And this is what happens when it goes totally wrong.

Presumably the ground won and she'd had it? Awful to see that last photo as she's about to hit the ground....

Here's another tale that confirms why I won't be doing it - just a couple of days ago actually:

http://www.tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411365/660581

Parachutist has heart attack on jumping out of plane, lands on warehouse roof... Sad

"If the jump don't kill ya, the ground will"....

I'll stay firmly buckled in thank you.
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:40 am

Quoting Kay (Reply 18):
Quoting Photopilot (Reply 9):
And this is what happens when it goes totally wrong.

!!!! Sad

I have witnessed exactly this two years ago during the memorial jumps (memorial for the British, American and Polish airborne attacks during Operation Market Garden in September 1944) at Ginkelse Heide near Arnhem in the Netherlands. One jumper had his main canopy entangled. Instead of jettisoning the messed up main canopy he then opened the reserve, which also got entangled with the main canopy. Last thing of him I saw was him disappearing at high speed behind a group of trees maybe 200 meters east of the drop zone. Shortly afterwards ambulances and police cars were speeding into this direction.

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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:43 am

I've done it once over Queenstown, NZ, tandem jump.

I was the last person (of 3) to jump from the plane, and let me tell you, it was quite "unnerving" to see the others disappear from the open door. Then I had to sit with my legs dangling outside and no support save the straps that held me tied to the instructor, and my heart stopped for a few seconds...but before I knew it I was already in freefall, having a great time! I remember we actually took turns shaking hands with the photographer in-flight, which was funny.

I also loved it when the instructor opened the parachute, as everything suddenly went quiet - no noises, no wind blowing in your face, no nothing - just the stunning landscape framed by the best weather one could ask for.

I'd say it was easily the highlight of my 2-month stay in Australia/NZ and I'd do it again in a heartbeat  Smile

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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:07 am

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 7):
Oh yes baby!

Len, wow what great photos!!! I can tell by the look on your face that you loved every moment of it!!!

I personally haven't yet!! But I do plan on it...this summer I hope for sure. Mr Spaceman and I will actually get to do it!!! It must be amazing just floating down....and feeling so free!!!

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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:16 am

Why jump out of a pefectly good airplane?

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 12):
I know there is a place somewhere in Vegs and I was hoping that it would be included on the list of possible things to do while the A.net crowd or mob is there. Maybe I will find it and try it on Friday afternoon.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b358/srbmod/riveriaview.jpg

See the building with the octagonal part on the end in the foreground? That's the place, Flyaway , which is on Convention Center Drive. Here's their website:

Flyaway

I remember seeing their location in Pigeon Forge, TN well over 20 years ago.
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:20 am

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 17):
There's only one way to skydive!

that must be incredibly cold!
 
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RE: Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:50 am

I done a tandem jump on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays here in Aus a few years ago , biggets buzz of my life . And I hate to say it was better than sex!!
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