Went 4 times. Great experience.
Well, I'm picking up a new addiction. Skydiving. Does anyone here do it? I'm starting my AFF training soon, well, probably will wait til the spring time to do it. I want to have enough $$ to get my own gear etc. I have been a scuba diver for over 20 yrs. & this is just another addiction for me.
haven't been yet but when i do, i want to do it enough to get me a wing suit !
I've done it once 2 years ago.
I'll probably do it again at some point but it didn't scare me enough to be addicting.
Not interested in the least. I can appreciate the idea, but I know it ain't my thing.
Have fun, learn well, and be safe.
I've been and had a blast. If I had the time and extra cake I'd pick it up in a second.
I did AFF at orange. It'll seem a bit like work till you solo (which will be the longest skydive of your life!). Then for me the most exciting part was packing my own (rented) rig for the rest of the coaching dives. Money I've never regretted spending.
I went skydiving last year soon after my first track day. For my money I won't be doing it again. It was fun for about 8 seconds, then it was loud and uncomfortable. I'd have to say turn 2 is as exciting or more exciting than skydiving.
I just did a tandem jump on Sunday in Peperell. Definitely an awesome experience and one that everyone should try in their lifetime. After the jump they were talking up the AFF course but I dunno...I'm sure a solo jump would be an amazing experience also, but for the expense and time required...I thought about it and I don't personally see long term enjoyment repeatedly jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Lot's of others there who seemed to be really into it though, so I'm sure you'll have a great new hobby ahead of you if that's what you're into, just not for me I guess.
Interestingly enough, contrary to the others in the group I actually found the section on parachute more gratifying than the freefall. Sure the adrenaline rush of the freefall was interesting but it was over so fast and felt so uncontrolled...whereas the parachute section gave me time to really appreciate the surroundings, and I definitely liked the ability to control the speed and direction of descent. Maybe hang gliding or sailplaning is more up my alley...
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I want to try it at some point, but given the $/minute equation, it's hard to beat trackdays .
Hang gliding and aerobatic flying are worth a try if you enjoy skydiving.
did 2 tandems with skydive newport ( http://www.skydivenewport.com/ ) and the second time didn't really excite me...if i had the cash to take the training courses so i could solo jump i would think about it but i'm not sure i would get into it enough to get addicted...plus it might be a haul to get to an airport where i can jump from...i'm thinking of getting into kiteboarding since i'm near the water so i have quick access and don't have to schedule anything
Also according to some instructors I talked to 50% of people say they are going to get their license after 1 or 2 tandems...and only about 1% actually do. It is a major commitment to get your license.
been dying to go to AFF training but I have wanted to get scuba certified since I was 5 so that one is coming first.
? on Scuba Diving... do you go around here a lot? not having nice clear blue warm water is the only reason I have never done it, as well as not knowing anyone who does.
I too am a 20 year SCUBA diver and have jumped tandem twice. I would LOVE LOVE to get the aff license....
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I think at some point in my life I'll do it. For now, I'll stick with flying planes, I see no reason to jump out of a perfectly good one.
I've been meaning to go one of these days. Who knows if I will actually ever get around to it.
Always wanted to do this, but 6'2" 290 lb the parachute needed would eclipse the sun and cause global cooling.
I just can't see myself really getting into something that starts off at the high water mark. I'm sure solo beats tandem, but after that it seems it just gets nerdy in an attempt to make it more "extreme." Wait. let's jump out at the same time and hold hands... no, wait, I'm going to jump out with a skateboard taped to my feet. Seems it's the extreme sport equivalent of the above-ground pool. (except for Pastrana's stunt. That shit was cray)
All that said, I haven't done it. I need to go cross it off the list.
YOLO... i think it's totally worth it to go at least once in your life. Mike you should definitely try it, as you dive from the plane it's the most surreal experience
it would be nice to get certified to do a couple jumps a year just for fun but they make it so freaking hard and expensive the jump by yourself. it's like 20 something jumps some as high as $200 a pop.
I haven't been to the track yet and scuba diving is something Iíve wanted to do more. The will come first for sure.