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It you had the opportunity to skydive would you do it?

Poll closed May 21, 2009.
  1. Yes, I would love to try it.

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  2. No, I would never do it.

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  3. Wouldn't know until I was in that situation.

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  4. Would need to know more about it before I would consider it.

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  1. becca
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    Skydiving - Have you done it?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by becca, May 14, 2009.

    Hello all,

    I am writing and nonfiction article for my writing school assignment about skydiving. I was wondering if any of you have, and would be open to an e-mail interview. Please message me if you are willing to hlep me out.

    Otherwise, lets just talk about it.

    Does anyone want to try skydiving?
     
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    Now why would I want to jump out of a perfectly good plane? ;)

    Kidding aside, I've thought about it, but I'm not sure I could overcome my fear of heights enough to actually do it.
     
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    I'm pretty ignorant on this subject...but a parachute jump is not the same as skydiving, is that right? (if it isn't, ignore me :p)

    I would prefer a parachute jump to sky diving. I think.
     
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    You can do a static line dive. As coulpe seconds, usually about 2 seconds after you leave the plane, a cord opens your parahute so you float down. Not a lot of free fall.
     
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    Huh-uh. No way. I have enough anxiety just going on a rollercoaster. If I tried to jump out of a plane, I'd probably have an aneurysm.
     
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    I would do it in a heartbeat. It looks like so much fun, plus, even if I didn't think it looked fun I'd still do it. That's one of those things that you have to do just so you can say you didn't chicken out later, like eating bugs during a survival training course.
     
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    LOL

    I yo-yo back and forth between never, and maybe someday. So I wouldn't really know until I had the chance. But I am not going to go out of my way for the chance.

    I just start imagining what I would be thinking AFTER I had jumped out of the plane. Like what the H**L was I thinking!

    It's not supposed to be as bad as a rollercoaster. One of the books I am reading for research says that there is no stomach bottom out, that you get when you are on a rollercoaster. Also, you are not supposed to get sick, if you do, it's supposed to be from nerves and whatnot. Not from the actual jump.
     
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    As any skydiver will tell you: ain't no such thing as a perfectly good plane. :)

    I sky dive from time to time. I'll answer any questions I can.
     
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    I have never experienced that stomach bottoming out while skydiving that I experience on roller coasters. It makes sense, do you get that feeling when you, say, jump off of a high diving board? The only time I have ever gotten a little sick was strictly from AFTER the parachute opening. The first time I ever jumped out of a plane, civilian style, was on a tandem jump. The instructor, after opening the chute, pulled all sorts of high G moves. That was rough on my stomach.
     
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    Different names for the same thing for the most part. But there are different types. In the military we usually do static line jumps, which are just as becca described. The chute is pulled right as you are jumping out. This is usually done at lower altitude, like 3,500 feet or so.

    You can go tandem, which I recommend if you just want to do it once. In this case you are strapped to an instructor. You will usually jump out at about 2 miles up or so. You will freefall for a mile, pull the cord, and then complete the next mile under canopy.

    Solo jumping is the same as tandem except you are all on your own.
     
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    I would definately go with tandem then...I would probably end up too paralysed with fear to pull the cord by myself :p
     
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    I do. I would never be able to skydive...big, fat chicken, right here.
     
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    I've never been on an adult roller coaster..

    NEVER...too scared.


    However I have rappled on a 40 feet mountain jag, and done mountaineering on a 75 ft jag.

    I'd probably close my eyes and jump, and then think-****, now why did I just do that?
     
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    You're really missing out. I simply can't get enough of them. (I used to be deathly afraid too)
     
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    I went tandem, took the classes, went out of the plane, not willing, screaming, and I hit the ground, threw up. It was the scarest thing I have ever done.
     
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    It does sound completely bloody terrifying
     
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    Right its decided! i'm gonna do it. But to be honest its one of the things ive always wanted to do in life along with bungee jumping. i think i would go tandem first and then do the solo jumps after.
     
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    You know, while I don't think I want to jump out of a plane, I wouldn't mind trying out a Wind Tunnel. They look like a lot of fun!

    Wind tunnels, are tunnels that give you the same wind resistance you would feel during a free fall. Professionals use them to practice tricks, and they can also be used for training.


    Here are a couple sites, if you want to find out more about skydiving. :)

    Skydive Space Center
    www.skydivespacecenter.com
    Skydive Universtiy
    www.skydiveu.com
    United States Parachute Association (USPA)
    www.uspa.org
    DropZone.com
    www.dropzone.com

    really cool pics!
    Joe Jennings
    www.joejennings.com
     
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    Never would do it myself. Watching my dad bungie jump in a straight jacket was enough for me.
     
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    That sounds...um....tramatic...
     
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    Well, a lot of escape artists, i.e. in Houdini, do that kind of escape simply hanging upside down. He decided to take it to another level in a way he'd never seen before.
     
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    Wow, that must have been really, really, intense!
     
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    Yeah. Despite that experience, I don't think he would sky dive either.
     

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