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grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Oct 31, 2007, 2:13 PM
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Hi, A few weeks ago as part of a physics class I'm enrolled in, I did my first tandem skydive. The idea of skydiving had occasionally drifted into my mind, but I had never really thought I'd try it. Well, when the opportunity arose, I couldn't pass it up. What an experience. Sensory overload is the best description of the first few hours after the jump. Then, within a few hours my thoughts went to well, I could jump every year on my birthday, then well, maybe more often than that and before I knew it, I was calling the dropzone to ask about training to get my license. The physics instructor from tha class I mentioned also made his first jump that day. We both teach at a community college in eastern Oregon. He had pretty much the same experience. Well, yesterday, I called the DZ to schedule ground school and our second jumps! Thanksgiving weekend here we come! I can hardly wiat. Now for the more unusual aspect of this, I suspect. I'm 57 years old. I feel like I have a twenty something brain in a fifth something body. My grandkids think it's pretty cool to have a grandma who jumped out of an airplane. What do you guys and gals think?


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Oct 31, 2007, 2:22 PM
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I don't think age has anything to do with it. There was an 80 year old in my first jump course that did great. Every weekend I jump with 60-80 year old regulars at the DZ.

Have fun, and welcome to the sky!!


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Oct 31, 2007, 11:23 PM
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That is really good to hear. I instantly fell in love with skydiving and hope to someday get good enough to be able to do photography. There are pictures in my head waiting to be taken. From what I've read, that will take a lot of work, but I'm more than willing. I can hardly wait for my next jump.


andm31  (A 21908)

Nov 1, 2007, 2:47 AM
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That is so cool! And this is a great sport and as someone said, "you just had a near life experience" and that's a pretty good way to sum up the experience :D


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Nov 1, 2007, 4:57 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Smile It's interesting that you went with a class. How many people did the instructor get to go? I hope they got a good grade! It's not totally strange that you're starting out in the prime of your life. There is even an organization for "mature" jumpers called POPS- Parachutists Over Phorty! Cool


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 1, 2007, 5:46 AM
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Cool. How do I find that group? We did have about half a dozen students who wanted to jump but couldn't afford it yet. We are planning another field trip in the spring or summer. We did have 3 students on the ground taking pictures and waiting for us and they got out of doing some of the other assignments. I did too. It was waaaaay better than the watching toenails grow that was part of the skipped work. I have had several fo the students come by my office and watch the video. Yeah, I have a copy at work and one at home and I do watch once in a while. My grandkids think the video is pretty cool ltoo.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 1, 2007, 5:48 AM
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What a great way to describe it. It reallly fits. I feel like I had been missing a lot of life and I'm not about to let it get away again. Since that first jump last month, I have a few opportunities come my way financially and I have the money for ground school and the first 16 jumps ready to go.


skyjump11  (D 5595)

Nov 1, 2007, 6:03 PM
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11/1/07
Oh, Good Grief!
"Not too old, I hope"......
first off, 57 is young
I am 60
Now the people that jump
that are in their mid seventies
and early eighties, well now,
they are 'really' old. And I
love them all.
grace, peace & blue skies
sep


skyjump11  (D 5595)

Nov 1, 2007, 6:26 PM
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11/1/07
I'm sorry, I forgot to say this.
The fifth post down, mentioned about the
'mature' POPS...throw out that word 'mature'.
Mature people are in nursing homes, we
jump out of airplanes. On page 75, November
issue of Parachutist, gives you the information
on joining POPS. And guess what? You passed
the test. You're in! (Tandems count too.)
Besides the Parachutists Over Phorty (POPS),
there is Jumpers Over Sixty (JOS) and Jumpers
Over Seventy (you can work up to those)
You will note that they call it jumping instead of
skydiving. That was the term used back in the
1960's and early 1970's.
grace, peace & blue skies, young 57 year old
sep


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 1, 2007, 7:26 PM
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Wow! I had no idea that I wasn't the only one who discovered was interested in skydiving at my age, or at least at getting started now. I do feel that I am fortunate to have found this new found passion now. I couldn't have afforeded it earlier, and I used to weigh waaaaaay too much to even cobsider a tandem dive even a year ago. I've lost 80 pounds and it's fiven me a new lease on life that I'm not about to give up. I know I'vce got a lot to learn. I havce a passion for photography that will, I hope, be united with the new found freedom i experienced with that first jump. The idea of being able to capture the freedom and exuberance of jumping with photography is absolutely captivativating. I have looked at the SIM as well as some of the photography forum here and realize that I've got a lot to learn. But what a learning experience I've got ahead of me. Thanks


DangerRoo  (A 53842)

Nov 1, 2007, 7:36 PM
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I think YOU ROCK!!! I am just over 30 and did my first tandum in september, starting for my licence in the summer!!!!! and I cant wait!! Wink


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 1, 2007, 7:47 PM
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I couldn't wait for summer. I figure I'm going to be in line at Wally World paying for thermals. I feel like I've always marched to a different drummer and that now I may have found the band I belong in.


Premier skymama  (D 26699)
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Nov 2, 2007, 4:56 AM
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Quote:
I'm sorry, I forgot to say this.
The fifth post down, mentioned about the
'mature' POPS...throw out that word 'mature'.
Mature people are in nursing homes, we
jump out of airplanes.

I could have said "old", I thought mature was a nicer way to put it! Wink By the way, I'm old enough for POPS too. I wasn't ragging on her or anyone over 40.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 2, 2007, 5:07 AM
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Finding the right word is really challenging sometimes. I understood the idea begind the word and sure didn't take offense. It is cool to find out that I'm not the only one who's been around a while that wants to jump out of planes. My daughter thinks it's pretty awesome having a mom that jumps, but my son is a little less sure. We did have an interesting conversation the other day. He and his fiance has a bet about who can get his/her mom to get a tattoo first. I've been pretty resistant, to say the least, but he wanted to know if I would get a little tattoo if he would do a jump. Well, anybody have ideas for a little tattoo?


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Nov 2, 2007, 6:48 AM
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Little tatts usually look kind of tacky, go with something with at least a little bit of size to it Smile My first was a dragon wrapped around my left ankle, my newer one is an upper arm sleeve of a phoenix. Next is going to be a dragonfly. Feel free to steal any of my general ideas!

And under armor is even better than thermals... worth the extra money too.


skyjump11  (D 5595)

Nov 2, 2007, 3:36 PM
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11/2/07
just 'kidding' about the use of
the word 'mature'....you know
how us jumpers like to 'pick at
one another'
way to go for sticking with it
grace, peace & blue skies
sep


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Nov 2, 2007, 5:17 PM
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I "believe" the oldest skydiver to date is 101. Means ya gots a good 44 years of skydiving ahead of you. You go, girl!!!!!! Laugh


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 2, 2007, 10:34 PM
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Welll, that dragon sounds like a raal possibility. I'm sort of a dragon fan. Has jumping out of an airpain done something to my brain? I seem to be a lot more willing to take risks these days.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 2, 2007, 10:36 PM
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I'm getting that idea. I think its part of what is attracting me to the sport. I really like to atmosphere here and at the dropzone. It feels mighty free.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 2, 2007, 10:37 PM
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Damn! That sounds good to me!


ladydyver  (D 30784)

Nov 5, 2007, 8:34 AM
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My husband starting jumping when he was 51 and has been jumping for a couple of years now. I think it is great that you are doing something that you want to do.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 5, 2007, 10:00 AM
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The encouragement I have found here is fantastic. Sometimes I wonder if I'm a little bit crazy for pursuing this idea, but maybe anyone of any age wanting to jump out of perfectly good airplanes is a little crazy anyway. Right now, I'm just anxiously awaiting the 24th when I have ground school and my first jump as a student, not a tourist, scheduled.


ladydyver  (D 30784)

Nov 6, 2007, 9:22 AM
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I am sure that you will love it! My husband now has 400 jumps and we play in the sky together all of the time. Good luck on your adventure!Wink


TheCapt  (C 38102)

Nov 21, 2007, 1:31 PM
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One morning last year I showed up at a DZ for the first time, and six hours later did my first AFF dive. One year later, this year, I got my A License. Last month was my 60th birthday. Now I got more miles on me than a Michelin retread, so if I can do it so can you.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 21, 2007, 10:45 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement. Just a couple of more days and I get to jump again, it the weather holds. This isn't the best time of year to start this, but I'm not waiting until spring. Pat


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