I went skydiving for my first time on Nov. 10, two weeks ago ! We traveled to DeFuniak Springs, Fl, where there is a huge hanger 20 + acres of land, just beautiful open country. We were greeted by the owners of skydivelive Melanie and her husband Jim and her team of instructors. A nice welcoming family team.
We had to watch standard video on the risk of jumping, you sign a waiver knowing the possible outcome. I had no fear, no worries. Then we proceeded to meet our instructors who put us into our gear, that was provided. They explained having to strap you in tight and the several positions you would make during the jump. They were very professional , I did not have many questions, most of it is simple easy rules to follow.
Your first several jumps are tandem, before you jump solo with a instructor next to you.
It was a short and amazing experience. I analyze everything and because I did not know what to expect or how to feel, it went really quick. There were about 5 other jumpers besides us, jumping solo, one was a wingsuit jump. We were all straddling the two benches in the plane, Melanie the owner, is still active in the military, flew us into the sky for our jump. Four jumpers went before me. The wingsuit jumper was jumping last. So I am at the door with high winds and I’m looking out below me, not scared, and the instructors yells go ! The first 60 seconds of free fall, did not register for me. Once the parachute was pulled I got to float in the sky and take it all in. We jumped 13000 feet, it is the highest sky jump we found in our area. It’s a nice experience.
I will post video as soon as I can !