Video -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X1_ZzfYPPA
Arrived at the airport, registered and got called 40 mins before the jump to prepare and get briefed. The brief goes as followed:
"When we exit the plane have your hands on the straps and lean your head backwards and push your stomach out.
When I tap you on the shoulders let go of the straps and put your hands in the air.
When we land raise your legs up like you are about to sit down so you can land on your bum.
Ok lets go!!!”
That’s it…??? A 20 second brief… Everything is going to be alright… right…?
Pretty uncomfortable, sardine style. My legs went numb and I got pins and needles luckily it went away just before I jumped. Takes 20 minutes to get to jump altitude (3800 meters) but felt like forever….
Scariest Part - Part 1
Seeing Anna going from sitting in front of me to falling out of the sky and seeing the last bit of her head disappear through the door…
Exiting the Plane
Here is where I felt let down in terms of preparation. A little warning or explanation of what/how you would feel when exiting would have helped a lot but for some reason they didnt think to mention it.
Im guessing the guy forgot what the first time feels like since he has jumped 8000 times…
Free falling first 3 seconds (Scariest Part - Part 2)
The first 2-3 seconds of exiting the plane I couldnt see anything, hear anything, didnt know where I was, if i was falling up or down, and I couldnt really breath… I started panicking and wondering if I was going to pass out….
Lucky I snapped back into reality and remembered the guy saying raise your head up. I did that and I think it must have reduced some of the pressure and wind from below from going into my nose and mouth and giving me a chance to actually start breathing again and calm down.
Free falling 3 seconds+
While I still didnt know if I was falling (if it was even real) or what exactly was going on I could now see and move my body freely (superman poses etc). However about 20 seconds later and after seeing the cameraman for the third time I was pretty much done and hoping for it to be over… Not sure if I subconsciously stopped raising my head, got tired or hit terminal velocity but the pressure and wind from below all of a sudden became unbearable…
All of a sudden it felt like I was swinging from a rope in mid air and then everything became quiet and calm and my ears started working again… Felt pretty crazy just floating in mid air, everything below you is tiny and you feel like king of the world. Wasn’t actually sure if what was happening was real or if I would wake up any second.
The free falling and parachuting are a pretty interesting contrast. The first is chaos and the second is calm and serene…. The instructor performs maneuvers to steer you towards the landing zone and you get to help using the secondary ropes on the parachute. Turning mid air hurts the groin though…
After the free fall there was nothing to really be scared of.. Was actually fun sliding thru the grass…
Im curious, if you know what to expect beforehand will the free fall feel better? Or does your body have to experience the stress of it a few times to get used to it?
I guess there is only one way to find out….
Suicide from the top of a high building must be a terrifying way to die… I dont advise it