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Thinking of going skydiving , any advice

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by raven11, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. mhill

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    Don't eat a bunch before you go. A friend of mine just did a tandem for his birthday and ended up tossing his cookies on the way down. The video guy got it all on tape. We all laughed pretty hard on that one. The jumpmaster knew how to handle it. Obviously wasn't his first time dealing with it.
     
  2. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger Big, educated kitty cat!

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    You haven't seen many skydiving airplanes, have you.

    (I made this quip to a friend who was big into skydiving and that was his response).

    To the OP - if you're not the type of person that suceeds on the first try, stay in the airplane.

    If when you ask if the chute is packed properly you get the answer "probably!" with a smile and two thumbs up, stay your ### in the plane.
     
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  3. Tom P

    Tom P Senior Member

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    Bring your Tandem Instructor a case of beer or some liquor to share!

    And don't die.
     
  4. raven11

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    So since its going to be about 65 degrees when I jump how should I dress?
     
  5. Tom P

    Tom P Senior Member

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    They will put you in a jumpsuit anyway, so just wear what's comfortable.
     
  6. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Something that matches your sandals?

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    :supergrin:
     
  7. Al Czervik

    Al Czervik My arm!

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    ^^^

    :rofl::rofl::rofl:


    A good rule is about 4 degrees per thousand. So if it is 65 on the ground, and you are going to 13,500, expect it to be around 10-11 degrees at altitude.
    A light T-neck and jeans will be fine as you will probably have a stinky, old jumpsuit on top. When you exit, you probably won't notice the temperature anyway.
     
  8. The Maggy

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    That was a couple of weeks ago.

    For a tandem, the only advice to give is to relax and enjoy the ride. It's a once in a life time experience for most... don't ruin it by being nervous and freaked out the entire time.

    ETA: dress comfortable for the ground conditions. You lose about 3 degrees for every one thousand feet,so it's going to be cold no matter what when you get to the top; but you are only there for a few minutes and you will have a jumpsuit on over what you were wearing on the ground.
     
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  9. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    Comfortable shorts, T-shirt, (No Collar!) A collar will "whip" your neck bad in freefall. Your fav tennis shoes. (tie the laces good).

    Nothing in your pockets. As you sit in the aircraft, anything in your pocket will "bind" and you won't be comfortable.

    Harness. Snug yet comfortable. Do not tighten the leg straps as you sit in the plane. Do it on the ground. If you do this, the harness will be TOO TIGHT for you on opening of the canopy. Don't put anything between you and the leg straps, you want to keep.

    Post pics!! :cool:
     
  10. MB_G19

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    :thumbsup::agree:
     
  11. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

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    Oh yeah...and watch this first.
    Everything you need to know.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEE2NFPDezM"]Fandango (1985 film complete skydiving scene) - YouTube[/ame]
     
  12. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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  13. The Maggy

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    A classic!

    I didn't learn at a fancy twotter dz, I started at a little Cessna drop zone; while proof joked about the small DZ culture... they hit the nail on the head.

    Oh, and all of the flight scene, taxiing off the highway, the loop under the overpass, ect was all shot in my hometown. It always made the movie a little more enjoyable :supergrin:
     
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  14. Halojumper

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    I agree for people who want to actually learn to skydive and get licensed, but for the typical person who just wants to go for a ride, and has no intention of pursuing it further, the tandem is still the way to go. FWIW I did AFF and have never done a tandem.
     
  15. Huaco Kid

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    Arch, thousand,

    Look, thousand,

    Reach. thousand,

    PULL, THOUSAND!
     
  16. itstime

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    To heck with your hobby. Your sig line just woke up my wife.

    Oh that's funny. I'm in trouble and blame you! :)
     
  17. That is good advice as well as telling him to take out lots of life insurance and make us all the benefactors. :whistling:
     
  18. The Maggy

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    Most Skydivers that I know ended up with A.I.D.S. (Airport induced divorce syndrome) :supergrin:

    You never break up with your skydiving girlfriend, you just lose your slot:whistling:
     
  19. sns3guppy

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    I began jumping about 30 years ago, justifying it by saying I'd try it once. I failed.

    The problem with starting skydiving is being able to stop.

    It's the best remedy I ever found for stress. Bad day? Job pressures? Preoccupied? Jump.

    Nobody at the DZ cares who you are or what you do. All they care is that you don't care, and that you want to jump. It's a place you'll find it's easy to be accepted and to accept. It's a great place to get away, to hang out, and to be.

    Skydiving isn't about a thrill. It's about freedom.

    It's not about financial freedom, of course; once you start, kiss your savings goodby.