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This is one of my coworkers, Rob Brown.

There's a lot you can say about this, but ultimately I think it boils down to a big bucket of stupid. Yeah, thrill seeking is all well and good but when there's a virtual guarantee of death when something goes wrong, this really means that the risk simply isn't worth it.

Barring something unexpected, I'll be plunging to my death in two weeks. I've already put down my deposit.

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SUPER! I skydived in Ukraine twice. and want more! it musy be expensive here?

I'll be plunging to my death.. what's that??
I can't recall the exact amount, but I think it was £230 (that's with a video of the event).

And 'plunging to my death' was just meant as a joke.
"Plunging", in that sentence, meant "falling". So basically I was joking and saying I would be falling to my death (from the airplane) at the end of the month.

Does that help? I forget that English isn't your first language. Sorry for being difficult :(
(from the airplane) at the end of the month.
!! that's great! is it not far from Nott. somewhere? is it gonna be your first time? do you have to be a member- or do you just pay-and-go?

ah, have you made your funeral arragements? u still have time ))
Oh, and how did you wind up skydiving? Was there a company which offered lessons or did you go about it some other way?
i always wanted to do that, and then there was a point in my life when it did not really matter to me- live or die ( love, u know )))- i made it the first time. and the secont dive- couple of years later.

but it was in Ukraine- with old-fashioned planes and parashutes- I want to try english skydiving now ))-

but first, I need to get driving licence ( not for skydiving ))
I've wanted to do that ever since my little sister told me she did it on one of her many trips back to Hawaii. I could see myself becoming addicted very quickly. You'll have to share your adventure with us. Just do us all a big favor and ask them if they can use different music for your video. ;)
Make sure they include the usual 80's top-gun music on yours, as well. It's mandatory.
I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane about 16 years ago now. It was a huge kick in the ass of fun.

I'd love to do it again, but my wife and kids won't let me. Not until the kids are all moved out or something.

Mine was a static line jump from 10000 feet. I'd recommend this over tandem any day.
You wouldn't even get me to go up in the air in that plane, let alone jump out of it. I'll just have to enjoy it vicariously through you.
Relax . . . and enjoy your skydive
when there's a virtual guarantee of death when something goes wrong . . .

Whoah! Whoah! Whoah!!

We skydivers LOVE our lives - and our bones in their current unbroken states. Skydiving is not a death wish. I used to think the same way you do, but then I educated myself. Skydiving gear is getting better and better and better all the time. There are also multiple back-ups built in to every aspect of the sport:

* Even if there are problems with your parachute, either your or your tandem master will be very well prepared to deal with the malfunction before you ever get into the air. The training is so thorough that when a malfunction occurs, the response is immediate and unpanicked.

* You don't just have one parachute. You also have a reserve. If your main is rendered unlandable, you have a backup. Odds are, if there are problems with your main, you won't even know it until you land and your tandem manster informs you about it afterwards.

* In addition to the visual analog altimeter, many skydivers also wear a digital audible altimeter with three different warning levels. It's pretty much impossible to *forget* to pull your parachute.

* There are also things called Automatic Activation Devices, so that if you (or your tandem master) knock yourself unconscious at some point during the exit or the skydive, your parachute will automatically deploy.

* Your jump master (and the pilot) will check the winds before you even get in the airplane. Where you get out of the plane will be very carefully calculated so that you land back at the dropzone. If the weather, winds or visibility aren't good enough to jump safely, you will sit on the ground and wait. Like I said, we also like our bones in their current configuration.

* Even if you do land-off, your jumpmaster will be intimately familiar with the area surrounding the dropzone and will know where the safe "outs" are and will attempt to steer you to them. Likewise, if you jump your own parachute, you will be similarly educated.

And the list goes on. Most of the injuries and deaths in skydiving occur when experienced skydivers attempt to use equipment or execute maneuvers that are beyond their skill levels. That's where the "big bucket of stupid" comes in.

My husband has approximately 4000 skydives, 1000 of which were as tandem master. In that time he's had exactly FOUR reserve rides, two of which his passengers did not know about until they were on the ground (only because the first one puked on him once he advised his passenger that they'd had to deploy the reserve, so he started waiting until they were on the ground to tell them there'd been a problem).

I started skydiving in 2000, and was on track for 400 jumps my first year alone. I've only had one instance in which I could not cure the problem with my main parachute and had to land my reserve. No biggie.

I've also landed off a few times. (Word of advice: if you have a choice of two fields in which to land (a) the one with all the cows, or (b) the big open field with one cow . . . choose the one with all the cows! That one cow in his own field is THE BULL!! The bull was a much bigger hazard to my health than the skydive.)

I'm sorry for such a long comment, especially from a stranger, but as your co-worker expressed, skydiving is a life-fulling experience beyond all others. I hope you relax and enjoy the joy that is skydiving.

I can't wait to see YOUR video!!
Re: Relax . . . and enjoy your skydive
Cool! *insert sigh of relief here*

We see so many people come in for their first jumps that are so worried and stressed out that they forget to have fun. Like I said, I can't wait to see your video and your reaction!!

Good luck. And don't forget to waive to the Grim Reaper on your way down. :)
Re: Relax . . . and enjoy your skydive
Damn well better be cause I'm gonna dig you up and kick your butt if you don't make it!!! I don't want to say goodbye yet!!
Let me tell you. I've done it twice now. Once here in Oregon and once over Lake Taupo, New Zealand. What a thrill. There's a fine line between stupidity and courage to die. haha.

Have fun and if you get the video, be sure to ask for a copy of the uneditted full digital format so you can go home and edit it to your liking. Both of my jumps equated to about $150 US with a video.

And oh yeah, if your tandem instructor is taking request, please please please do backflips out of the plane. It's so fucking cool.
It's something I want to try one day. Having said that, I sometimes have to think, who was the first person to sit there and go "I think I'm gonna strap a big piece of cloth to my back, and jump out of a moving plane! Yeah!" to google.
I did a Tandem jump a little over a decade ago... It changed my life.
Whatever. How tough can it be if my 64-year old father did it?

I kid, of course.

I hope your soundtrack music is a little less shitty.

And really, we all gotta snuff it sooner or later. Is there a better way than faking an Icarus? Maybe expiring from a month-long orgasm with Scarlett Johansen, but that's about it.