Nov 10, 2003, 11:32 AM
Post #1 of 21
I made my first jump!
I did a tandem at Perris on Saturday. As I was standing there with my TM waiting for the otter. I got a little nervous. When I got in the plane I got a little more nervous. Okay okay stop looking out the window! Then a guy doing a hop 'n pop opened the door and when he jumped I wasn't nervous I was scared! Then everyone else that was jumping before us went. As I slid down the seat to the door my palms were a little sweaty. Now I'm on my knee at the door 1,2 & 3 All I can say is that freefall is simply incredible. Words can not describe it. After a good bit of freefall I pulled at 5K. After the canopy opened I felt like I was just hanging there suspended it was so peaceful and quiet. I spent three days at perris this weekend. I met some seriously cool people from all over the world. I still haven't met a skydiver that I didn't like. Everyone at the DZ was telling me how soon I'd be back. I'm fairly sure they're right and this was only a small taste of something I'm going to do over and over and maybe even over again. I liked the vibe at Perris so much I think I'm going to do my AFF there even though there are DZs closer to my house. I've been lurking around this site for almost a year now. So I wanted to post about my first experience. I've learned a lot here so far.
Welcome to the forums! I'm glad you enjoyed your first jump! Perris is a great dz, you can't go wrong with doing AFF there. We have a lot of dz.commers who hang around there also, so you're bound to meet up with some of them. Don't worry, they won't bite....too hard.
Congrats on tandem.....I did my first tandem last sunday and am beginning my AFF training this Sunday the 16th. I can't wait.....they say less then 1% of the population have ever jumped out of a plane...that's a pretty exclusive club..... Tom
I think @ the beginning of next year I will start AFF. I have some financial loose ends that need tying up. After I deal with that I will be back in the air. I will go by myself but I have two friends that want to go as well so hopefully I will have a buddy or two to do AFF with.
Good thinking; get your friends hooked too, that way you'll have people to talk about skydiving with!! Non-skydivers just get soooooo annoyed when you're amped and talking about your last freefall or landing or whatever...all my 'previous' friends were too chicken to go with me. Thankfully I have a bunch of new friends that understand my addiction!
I did my AFF Level 1-3 there (finished up at Eloy). It was great. All of the jumpmasters I had were great. I especially remember the two on my AFF L1. Joe DiGioia and Vinny Palmieri. They were both awsome. Who did you have?
(This post was edited by rugburn on Nov 17, 2003, 8:21 PM)