May 8, 2012, 5:15 PM
Post #28 of 30
Re: [Shredex] Harnessing the fear before your first jump?
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Now, with skydiving, I can't just stop when I want too...No baby footsteps...once you jump you jump and your getting the full experience without a throttle. And what I'm trying to get at, is the point in which a tandem jump might be unhealthy in a way that I wouldn't feel like I'm in control and would thus make me terrified. But on the other hand I've never even been in a plane before! And a tandem might be safer encase I freeze up.
The skydive is more like the motorcycle than the roller coaster. If you don't like the ride, reach back with your right hand and put on the brake.
May 9, 2012, 12:09 PM
Post #30 of 30
Re: [bochen280] Harnessing the fear before your first jump?
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Wow. Dude is thinking this through a lot more than I did. Kinda makes me wonder whether he enjoyed it at all, and why he'd want to do it again...
OP: Be very wary of newbies like me giving advice. With that caveat, I went through this not long ago. I had a fear of heights as a kid, that I (mostly) got over riding amusement park rides. I still get nervous on the ride to altitude, and I'm certain my AFFIs thought I was going to be a wreck in the sky (the smiles I gave them must have looked quite scary), but in the door and in the air, I calmed down. It looks more like a map than a planet, and I get too busy doing my thing to be nervous.
Now, on the ride up, I a) meditate and b) picture the dive flow in my mind a few times, all the way through pull and EPs. Also, gear checks, but go with whatever your instructors tell you on those. Helps me a lot. YMMV.