Re: [pchapman] Harnessing the fear before your first jump?
Very informative. I see that I might want to purchase a pair of goggles before hand? Anyone have any suggestion of a good place to order a decent pair?
I know its relatively "safe" to some extent. I know this. But it's difficult to control instinct. When suddenly being introduced to something rapidly that someones not used to, or caught off guard, it can have drastic results...such as black out...Pretty much the only thing I'm really concerned about. I have no history of black outs...non that weren't on purpose at least...but it's still a possibility. Especially after seeing videos of people blacking out.
Another way to describe the "control" thing: When someone tickles you(assuming you are ticklish, as I am) you are going to become very uncomfortable with the feeling and not being able to think straight. But, if you tickle yourself, it's a completely different experience...you don't feel a darn thing and you can concentrate on anything! This is what I mean from being in control. The experience can dramatically change if you are not in control. My boss has his pilots license, and he discussed the "stall" you have to perform to advance(I was preparing to get my pilots license, which is why the discussion started). He explained to me that when you are piloting the plane, you don't feel a thing, but if you are in the passenger seat...you get a crazy drop sensation.
It is, however, enlightening to hear that you get little to no drop sensation from skydiving.
I've been learning a lot from just watching hundreds of videos and analyzing what's going on as well as the persons movements. When I get into something, I REALLY get into it and try to learn as much as possible about it. I love learning how things work. I just love the knowledge. Not sure why, but the engineering is just fascinating to me. And, I want to figure out what can be done to improve it. When I look at an object, such as a building, I don't think, "Oh, a building!". It's more or less I'm looking to see exactly what went in to make that building. I drive a sportbike...and I got really into them. I tore my bike down to the motor countless times. Almost everyday that thing was tore down and up again ready to go to work the next morning. I completely re-did the bike. Only the frame is stock and that has been modified. I inspired a huge amount of people to do to theirs what I did to mine. Even today, I still receive emails asking about it and wanting tips, something I did 3 years ago. So, you might be able to understand just how much I've been looking into this. How much studying I've been doing these past months. Most of the written portion of AFF I should have down pat. It's putting knowledge to action that will be the only concern. And of course, nothing is like the real experience.
All and all. I think that I'm just gonna have to not think...for once. If you are not paying attention or thinking properly, you can easily walk into a pole. So, if I just catch myself off guard and make the jump without thinking, then it should go rather easy. :]
And I'll trust the instructor to know when I'm ready.
Thanks again for the info, guys.
(This post was edited by Shredex on May 7, 2012, 5:03 PM)