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raven11 10-11-2012 14:13

Thinking of going skydiving , any advice
 
Like the title says I have been meaning to knock parachuting off my bucket list and a place nearby has been getting pretty good reviews.

It's a 14,000 ft Tandem jump.

Anyone went skydiving before? How was it ? And any tips would be appreciated


Btw..if Airborne Infantryman reads this and doesn't add the word PLF in his reply ill be sorely disappointed :tongueout:

mhill 10-11-2012 14:17

Don't forget the parachute. Best advice I got.

DanaT 10-11-2012 14:18

stay in a plane that is flying perfectly well?

whoflungdo 10-11-2012 14:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by raven11 (Post 19507765)
Like the title says I have been meaning to knock parachuting off my bucket list and a place nearby has been getting pretty good reviews.

It's a 14,000 ft Tandem jump.

Anyone went skydiving before? How was it ? And any tips would be appreciated


Btw..if Airborne Infantryman reads this and doesn't add the word PLF in his reply ill be sorely disappointed :tongueout:

All I can say is DO IT!! I took my son for his 18th birthday. It's something he will never forget. I wish I could of jumped with him, but wasn't able to. I plan on going soon myself though.

My only advice is to pay the extra to have it videod and/or photographed..

geronimo509 10-11-2012 14:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhill (Post 19507781)
Don't forget the parachute. Best advice I got.

^ +1

You dont need to do the PLF. Since your going tandem if you do and get it on camera I'll give you $1.

ChinaCave 10-11-2012 14:22

DO IT.

Its fun.

glock_collector 10-11-2012 14:25

Wear clean underwear.....

Glock20 10mm 10-11-2012 14:35

Will me your guns... just in case.

raven11 10-11-2012 14:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by Glock20 10mm (Post 19507845)
Will me your guns... just in case.

I don't think GT will like my guns , I own a Caracal 9mm

GlockPride 10-11-2012 14:46

I always remember the famous quote:
If at first you don't succeed, well, skydiving's not for you.

Al Czervik 10-11-2012 14:55

Go before it gets cold.





.....and drive fast, take chances. Pass on curves, aim at trees.






Usually, only the old school lawn darts get that.

Hauptmann6 10-11-2012 15:02

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Originally Posted by glock_collector (Post 19507807)
Wear clean underwear.....

Why bother?

Hines57 10-11-2012 15:03

Been a couple of times, it's the most intense few minutes you will ever have. Definitely record it.

nursetim 10-11-2012 15:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by Al Czervik (Post 19507908)
Go before it gets cold.





.....and drive fast, take chances. Pass on curves, aim at trees.






Usually, only the old school lawn darts get that.

And if you saw it on a cartoon, you can probably get away with it.

syntaxerrorsix 10-11-2012 15:17

I did a tandem jump at Zephyrhills Airport last year.

We jumped at 15k. The best part is jumping out. The falling sensation quickly abates and you are left with the free fall and acrobats. It was cool I suppose, it was loud, harder to breathe than normal and we fell for some time.

The bad is pulling the canopy. I'm sure they make custom harnesses but this particular get up had my balls in a bind for the next 20 minutes. Reminded me of the first time we ties Swiss seats for rappelling. You only tie them loose once.

The landing sucked bad, the ground wind picked up apparently and I was advised to lift my legs and feet as high as I could and come in ass first. Think of a vegetable and sand enema at 18 knots.

I got my feet up as high as I could but the JM rolled forward a bit and that planted on foot down which we both promptly ran over. I limped off the field and told him not to worry about it. Took about 3 months to heal so wear good boots with ankle support just in case.

Bucket list item? Absolutely go and do it.

For me? I'll dive underwater.


Hope you have a blast :wavey:

G29Reload 10-11-2012 15:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by raven11 (Post 19507765)
any tips would be appreciated

pull the ripcord BEFORE you hit the ground.

stay away from power lines.

raven11 10-11-2012 15:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by geronimo509 (Post 19507794)
^ +1

You dont need to do the PLF. Since your going tandem if you do and get it on camera I'll give you $1.

that is great because my AF training on PLF consisted of 20 powerpoint slides followed by a 50 question quiz :rofl:

17&27 10-11-2012 15:34

Forget the parachute.
Jump with an air hose or extension cord. I promise it will get hung up on something before you hit the ground.

schild 10-11-2012 15:36

Tandem jumps didn't exist when I jumped, made two static line jumps from 3000'. The best part was climbing out the door to stand on a platform over the wheel while holding onto the wingstrut, waiting for the signal to jump.

We jumped using old military surplus round chutes.:tongueout:

Foxterriermom 10-11-2012 15:44

I jumped a few years back and it was an absolute thrill! As mentioned, when the chute deploys, it jerks the living snot right out of you, but other than that it was a great ride. The free fall was awesome and then the guy I was strapped to asked me if I wanted to go down slow or fast for the rest of the way. I opted for the slow route and he twisted and turned as much as he could to delay the landing and get the most air time as possible. We also had a perfect stand up landing.

I highly recommend it!

fx77 10-11-2012 15:53

The recruit asked the jumpmaster about his first jump.
Jumpmaster said at what altitude to pull the main chute. And if it did not open , the atwhat altitude to pull the aux. chute.
the recruit asked ," and what if my first and second chutes do not open? How long will I live?"
Jumpmaster said, " Son , U will live until U hit the ground."
Best wishes :)

LASTRESORT20 10-11-2012 15:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhill (Post 19507781)
Don't forget the parachute. Best advice I got.



Agree....^^^

and make sure its "packed" right.... :)

gruntmedik 10-11-2012 16:01

Don't eat White Castles before going.

Detectorist 10-11-2012 16:20

Make sure your health and life insurance cover you. Many don't.

syntaxerrorsix 10-11-2012 16:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by Detectorist (Post 19508187)
Make sure your health and life insurance cover you. Many don't.

Odd, I get coverage for technical scuba. Is it dependent on whether or not you are a tourist or a hobbyist?


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