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first-time (tandem) skydive: anyone done this?(18 posts)

first-time (tandem) skydive: anyone done this?JS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2002 10:37 AM
my wife is an adrenaline junkie. i'm thinking about getting her a first-timer's tandem skydive for her upcoming (big) birthday (shhhh...don't let the cat out of the bag!!!). she's always said it was something she'd like to do "some day". the price is not outrageous ($175 + $75 for full video documentation of pre-jump, jump, & etc.).

has anyone done this, or do any of you have experience with this kind of thing? TIA.
Some different experiencesAllisonHayes
Jun 19, 2002 11:06 AM
1. Sailplane in Colorado Rockies around Grand Lake--absolutely incredible, soared for hours catching thermal after thermal--what a ride!
2. Night helicopter ride over Manhattan. spectacular!
3. Aerobatics - a 1948 Fairchild open pit cockpit plane - nothing like flying upside down with only a leather strap holding you in.

The sailplane was the best; all were great!

Have fun.
Some different experiencesJS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2002 11:15 AM
wow, that last one sounds like a winner. i'll have to scout about for that around the region. thanks.
are you near Dallas? try this 4 fun:EpicX
Jun 19, 2002 4:49 PM
the cavanaugh flight museum located in Addison has rides available on vintage aircraft. They have an old WWI bi-plane, and a couple of WWII AT-6 Texans. I got a ride on the AT-6 a couple of years ago. WOW!!!! the pilot was cool and we did all kinds of aerobatics. it's incredible. like the fastest, highest roller coaster you've ever been on times 100, but nowhere near as uncomfortable.
500 miles from dallas. maybe on vacation? thanks. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 24, 2002 6:23 AM
JS - gliders near ChattanoogaMike P
Jun 20, 2002 5:19 AM
I have not tried the parachute thing but have flown in a glider. In Polk County, near the Ocoee River, there is a glider park that will give a nice flight around the foothills of the area.

I went up a few times with a friend of mine flying; quite exciting!!! One flight he made me fly it for a bit. I was white-knuckled and turning the stick into a big diamond at first but it was fun after the first minute or two. When you turn, one wing is pointing at the ground with the other pointing to the sky. The horizon looks different that way. The landings were always a bit frightening to me. You know, you only get one shot at the landing in a glider.

Mike
LandingsAllisonHayes
Jun 20, 2002 5:37 AM
They explained that the glide ratio on the sailplanes is so high that landing is no problem, just a little bumpy.

That is great you were able to pilot it.

What I found amazing was the pilots ability to spot a thermal, head over to it and ride it to the top. What a rush! He said he could travel for 500-1000 miles under the right conditions.

Another thing was the silence: no engine only the sound of the wind. It gave me a true feeling of flying. Effortless!

I do believe there is a difference between a glider and a sailplane. I think a sailplane has a higher glide ratio.
another option...i'll have to keep this one in reserve...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 24, 2002 6:22 AM
i'd thought about that, too. maybe b-day 2003...a good suggestion. thanks!
2 of my kids did it.Len J
Jun 19, 2002 11:08 AM
My oldest Son (who is now 20) always wanted to do this. He made a deal with my oldest daughter (who is now 22), that they would go together on his 18th birthday. She figured, he'd never remember, boy was she wrong! Anyway they did it & both loved it. In fact the have both gone back a couple of times to do it again.

BTW, I had some friends in Memphis who were skydiving fanatics & they took me to a place outside of Nashville that had an inverted DC 9 engine set up below a padded cage where you could practice freefall by putting on an oversized diving suit & falling/jumping into the propwash. It was a real kick. If she likes the diving, she may love this.

Good luck

Len
2 of my kids did it.Len J
Jun 19, 2002 11:09 AM
My oldest Son (who is now 20) always wanted to do this. He made a deal when he was 10 with my oldest daughter (who is now 22), that they would go together on his 18th birthday. She figured, he'd never remember, boy was she wrong! Anyway they did it & both loved it. In fact the have both gone back a couple of times to do it again.

BTW, I had some friends in Memphis who were skydiving fanatics & they took me to a place outside of Nashville that had an inverted DC 9 engine set up below a padded cage where you could practice freefall by putting on an oversized diving suit & falling/jumping into the propwash. It was a real kick. If she likes the diving, she may love this.

Good luck

Len
cool-thanks...and,JS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2002 11:17 AM
how many kids you got? oldest son and oldest daughter makes me think four or more. ouch.
4Len J
Jun 19, 2002 11:51 AM
Daughter 22 just graduated from college
Son 20 Junior in college
Son 19 Freshman in College (Took a year off
Daughter 17 Senior in HS

Wouldn't give up any of them, but it does take a lot of work to stay close to and know 4 emerging people, especially for a non-custody parent. It goes so damn fast.
But, I do like the people they hae become/are becoming.

Len
Since you askedDMoore
Jun 19, 2002 11:36 AM
Oh boy, now you've gone and pushed my button.

Do it. And BE SURE to get the stills and video. She'll want the stills to blow up for the wall, and the video is to watch over and over again, make all her friends watch it, etc etc ad nauseam! (It's OK. We ALL did it!)

Be sure to do some checking on the drop zone, make sure it's a USPA member. There are a few (only a few, fortunately) fly-by-night operations out there that don't have the dedication to safety that they should. If you need a number, I can give you the USPA office in Washington to check. If you're in the SoCal area let me know, because that's my home base.

The day of the jump, adrenaline will be running high. Don't let her eat too much before the jump. Accidents can and do happen, and nothing puts off the jumpmaster like a face full of vomit in freefall. I'd be surprised if she gets much sleep the night before the jump, and I'd about guarantee she gets next to none the night after the jump.

The tandem skydive is pretty easy, some jumpsmasters even refer to the "passenger." Training beforehand is only 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. It's 40 degrees colder at altitude than at ground level, but she won't notice that. Shorts or tights are all she needs, unless it's cold on the ground. Here's something they don't mention - wear a T-shirt without a collar, not a polo style shirt. Shirt collars can beat your neck to death at 120 mph.

Be warned, the typical first-time jumper won't shut up afterwards for about 2 days. There was a hilarious episode on the old TV show "Taxi" where Alex made a jump, and his friends in the bar had all fallen asleep while he was still talking nonstop about the experience.

Any questions?

email me at dmoore@da.sbcounty.gov
whoa! thanks!!! e-mail is on its way. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2002 11:43 AM
It is the best way to experience skydiving for the curiousTig
Jun 19, 2002 2:54 PM
My first jump was a tandem and I was hooked. Only the love of cycling and the high cost of gear and jumps pulled me away from it a year later. A tandem skydive is the quickest, easiest, cheapest way to discover the thrill. The AFF (acelerated free fall) class costs more and take a full day of training.

Funny, but 12 years later I still have skydiving dreams...
re: first-time (tandem) skydive: anyone done this?Shad
Jun 20, 2002 12:59 PM
My friends and I also talked about doing this "someday" after watching the classic "Cheers" skydiving episode. "You're just floating in the air." "...but the ground is hurtling upwards at 100 mph."

It's definitely worth doing. It's really not as dangerous as people think, but the tandem is nice in the event something were to go wrong a professional is there to know what to do. After all, he wants to live too. I would recommend you plan to do it together because once you get caught up in the excitement you will want to do it as well. I noticed there are quite a few couples that skydive together and I can see how it would be a bonding experience. You both sort of conquer your fears together and live to tell about it together.
Never gone, but soon....peloton
Jun 20, 2002 8:25 PM
I can't wait to jump out of a plane. I'm going this summer with some friends. Got a good deal through a buddy in a sports related company. Should be a good time. Let us know how it goes for you and her. You are doing the jump too, right? ;)
thanks, all, for the great suggestions...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 24, 2002 6:26 AM
and no, i won't be jumping as well. i figure somebody has to be on the ground with a camera, and that somebody is me. i'll stick to haiku and leave the "jumping out of perfectly good airplanes" to somebody--anybody--else. :-)