A moment of silence, as I stepped back and let myself fall. It was a new sensation and almost peaceful. It was not my first time jumping from a helicopter, but maybe the first time I really appreciated the experience. For a non-skydiver, falling out of a plane or helicopter might seem like nearly the same experience, but they are actually quiet difference. Many skydivers try a helicopter jump because they… Read More
The skydiving season trickled to a start this year. Unlike other skydivers, I jump with some regularity through the winter, so for me it was a slow start to the season with sporadic jumping in March and April. Dropzones start Safety Days in May, which often marks the beginning of another season. Safety days are an opportunity for all experienced jumpers (or fun jumpers) to run through safety procedures and discuss… Read More
It was my birthday, my mom had agreed to try her first skydive, it was beautiful and warm out – I was pretty freaking pumped. My mom would be doing a tandem with the instructor who taught me to skydive. Coincidentally, he is also the instructor I desperately do not want to disappoint. At the time I had just over 100 jumps and he offered to let me jump with my first… Read More
Skijoring has been on my list of things to try for a long time. Unfortunately for me, my horse has lived a life of the pampered show horse and tends towards fits of fear when encountered with horse carriages. For this reason I thought skijoring would not go over well. I spent one winter trying to teach her to ground drive in preparation for skijoring, but we never really progressed. I did… Read More
Living in Canada tends to limit our skydiving season with all but one dropzone closed for the winter. Although it’s not my regular DZ, I have done a few jumps there and was pretty excited they were jumping last weekend. I officially did my first February jump! As luck would have it, it also was my first time “landing off.” A nice way of saying I screwed up, got lost in a… Read More
Well it happened! I got my B license this season and it feels pretty awesome. Earlier this year I wrote about getting solo certified and getting my A license, so I am incredibly excited to say I also got my B this year! I am a pretty goal oriented person, so having specific achievements to reach has been really important for me. There was a few times I thought I would… Read More
The sun glints brightly outside the hard metal plane. The light flicks to red, as a chorus of “door” is yelled out through the plane. I turn away from the excited tandem student beside me and push up the plane door. I peek out and see the dropzone far below like a tiny piece of a lego village. The lake in front of me sparkles like a jewel, as the wind rushes… Read More
It finally happened! After seven months off I got back in the sky! To get my solo certificate and eventually my ‘A’ license, I had to complete ground school. Over six hours we learned everything from body position in freefall, to canopy control, to malfunctions and how to correct them. I was encouraged to come back the next day to finish off ground school and get ready for my first solo assisted… Read More
The look as I tell people I went skydiving again is something to behold. But why? Didn’t you just go? Why would you want to do that again? Most people can understand one jump, in a cross-it-off-your-bucket-list way, but doing it again seriously baffles people. I think, although more extreme, it really is no different than learning to horseback ride in adulthood or taking up a new hobby. My goal is to… Read More
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