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I did it to try and get over my fear of heights (Didn't work).. started with static line parachute jumps, then went solo.. then did a tandem skydive.

The buzz is amazing, but it can get pretty expensive..

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I did it to try and get over my fear of heights (Didn't work).. started with static line parachute jumps, then went solo.. then did a tandem skydive.

The buzz is amazing, but it can get pretty expensive..

 

Groupon almost usually has a deal on skydiving where you get to skydive with video for about $150-$175, which isn't that bad for a one time experience.

 

I'm partially looking to skydive to get over my fear of heights myself.. not so much 'get over' as it is a, 'how will I react' kinda thing. You need to have three tandem jumps before the school lets you do a solo, I think.

 

I shat out on white river rafting last year and want to give this faux-extreme experience a shot.

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Girl at work did a skydive Cockerham, near Lancaster at weekend, she was twinned with an instructor in the freefall, as she was falling, the instructor was talking to her, and at some point he stopped and said to her, "that doesn't look good" as he looked in the direction of his fellow parachutist who was just doing it on his own.

This guys shute got tangled and failed to oepn,and the girl watched this man fall to the ground unable to get his shute open and regrettably died.

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Ive done a few jumps. One static line jump and 4 skydives. The last was from 15000 feet over Byron Bay.

Im not great with heights from tall buildings but its a different feeling all together. Its not comparable at all

Its a massive buzz and would thoroughly recommend it. If its your first one it doesnt really matter where you do it, but would certainly recommend doing another one abroad where you have better scenery. I did mine in Melbourne and Byron Bay in Oz and Queenstown and Taupo in New Zealand. Definitely adds to the excitement and makes for a great video

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Girl at work did a skydive Cockerham, near Lancaster at weekend, she was twinned with an instructor in the freefall, as she was falling, the instructor was talking to her, and at some point he stopped and said to her, "that doesn't look good" as he looked in the direction of his fellow parachutist who was just doing it on his own.

This guys shute got tangled and failed to oepn,and the girl watched this man fall to the ground unable to get his shute open and regrettably died.

 

 

ah well!

 

Is the girl a little traumatised by this event?

 

that crosses skydiving off my bucket list.

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Two of the lads went and got to do the solo ones, one got on sound and weaved his way to the target field all nice as pie, and the other was so made up with himself that his chute actually opened against all his previous predictions that he just decided to hold friggin tight and let himself drift wherever nature wanted to take him, which looked like a load of pylons from the ground, so the other lad said, but nature preserved him and he cleared those well and just kept floating off, so that by now the firm who organised it were turning angrily to the lad on the ground, saying 'your scouse mate has nicked our fookin parachute! they're 300 quid they are!!!', while he was stood looking to the horizon worried he could be up there out cold or something, but he wasn't, he was fine and dandy and a number of miles away sat on his ar5e in a field thinking he was great. Apparently there's always a farmer on hand for you to wave at and he offers to drive you all the way back, but it was all the dirty looks brigade when he got there.

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Yea, there's nearly always some dude in a flat back 4x4 who'll come and rescue 'drifters'..

Thing is, when you land you need to 'reel in' the chute by pulling the lines in towards from the bottom which makes the canopy fold in on itself.

 

1st time jumpers tend to be so overwhelmed by the excitement/relief that they forget.. then the canopy fills in the breeze and drags them across fields.. :)

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1st time jumpers tend to be so overwhelmed by the excitement/relief that they forget.. then the canopy fills in the breeze and drags them across fields.. :)

 

Exact thing happened to me after my static line jump. They kept shouting to release down the radio, but I couldnt stop laughing when I landed and was incapable of doing anything

The wind picked up and dragged me across a field towards some barbed wire fencing. Luckily the wind died down before I ended up mangled in the fence. I was still laughing when I had to be 'rescued' by one of the instructors

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Thanks for all the advice. Especially the one below, as it helps calm the nerves a lot.

 

Im not great with heights from tall buildings but its a different feeling all together. Its not comparable at all

Its a massive buzz and would thoroughly recommend it.

 

I've done the one where they let you glide hanging off a speedboat and it was proper brilliant, and my fear of heights wasn't a problem at all. Skydiving is simply a different kettle of fish though.

 

Scenery-wise, I've been recommended to do the one in redneck central, West Virginia and its only a few hours drive off of here and has the casinos to get wasted at after the jump. Sounds like a plan.

 

The other option is to go shooting at the NRA Headquarters range, about 2 minutes from my apartment in Fairfax. I simply cannot do that, 2nd Amendment my ass.

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I did a tandem skydive to help with a fear of heights. The freefall scared the s*** out of me. Everything went black and white and the feeling of not being in control as the ground hurtled towards me (the instructor has the controls) was not good. Once the 'chute was deployed it was a lot easier but I still wanted to hurry up and get down to the ground. I felt sick with adrenaline for a couple of hours later and will probably never do it again.

 

I'm still afraid of heights.

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There was a man from St Helens who died this weekend after his parachute failed to open properly.

 

The thing that got me about that story was the eyewitness report that he was kicking his legs, in the way they are trained to, in an effort to untwist the parachute cords. Must have been terrifying.

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Scenery-wise, I've been recommended to do the one in redneck central, West Virginia and its only a few hours drive off of here and has the casinos to get wasted at after the jump. Sounds like a plan.

 

That sounds ace. Well worth getting a video there too.

 

One word of warning though. When you are attached in a tandem jump, and are ready to exit the plane, you do not sit on the edge of the plant. The instructor does. You basically are hanging out of the plane while he sits on the edge. As long as you are aware of that before, you wont have any unnecessary surprises and can enjoy the view on the way down.

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I worked with a girl who'd had her parachute fail to open properly a few years earlier. Somehow she survived it but had some pretty nasty injuries mainly broken bones and a collapsed lung.

 

She worked with me about 3-4 years after it had happened and showed no lasting damage from the injuries she suffered.

 

There's a little bit about it at the bottom of this artcile..

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1052050/Amazing-escape-skydiver-knocked-fell-4-500ft-unconscious.html

 

Think her name was Lyndy rather than Lynda though, it was about 8 years ago I worked with her so can't really remember.

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Done 98 jumps. The worst bit is going up in the plane for your first 5-10 jumps in my opinion. Other than that its the most amazing thing.

 

First time I ever did it, the static line caught under my chin and ripped my helmet off. Second time I bashed my head on the wing above me because I jumped up rather than back. All good fun ;)

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There was a man from St Helens who died this weekend after his parachute failed to open properly.

Bit of a crap opening line for a Limerick.

 

I worked with a girl who'd had her parachute fail to open properly a few years earlier.

f***! She must've jumped from some height?

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Ive done a few jumps. One static line jump and 4 skydives. The last was from 15000 feet over Byron Bay.

Im not great with heights from tall buildings but its a different feeling all together. Its not comparable at all

Its a massive buzz and would thoroughly recommend it. If its your first one it doesnt really matter where you do it, but would certainly recommend doing another one abroad where you have better scenery. I did mine in Melbourne and Byron Bay in Oz and Queenstown and Taupo in New Zealand. Definitely adds to the excitement and makes for a great video

 

That's sounds great, going to Melbourne in Dec - might do one again!

 

I did a tandem a few years back, it was fantastic such a thrill,

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That's sounds great, going to Melbourne in Dec - might do one again!

 

I did a tandem a few years back, it was fantastic such a thrill,

It's amazing seeing the city from that high up.

 

The hipsters look like little ant c*nts tediously banging on about coffee.

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I've often thought of having a go. I expect I'd sign up for a tandem jump and the instructor would be so blown away by my natural falling rhythm that hed say 'I'm not supposed to do this but you are the complete package and can go solo, straight away'

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I've often thought of having a go. I expect I'd sign up for a tandem jump and the instructor would be so blown away by my natural falling rhythm that hed say 'I'm not supposed to do this but you are the complete package and can go solo, straight away'

 

you missed the 'without a parachute bit' :yes:

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