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BaNaNaJoE

Fear is back

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Hi, I started my AFF last year. After a few jumps my fear was gone. But now after the winter break, the fear is back. I'm not worried about what happens because I make mistakes but about situations that I can not influence. That's why I wanted to ask how likely it is that I'm hurt or dying by a mistake I can not influence (gear failure, double malfunction ...) Thanks in advance for your answers and excuse me for my bad english;)

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1 hour ago, BaNaNaJoE said:

Hi, I started my AFF last year. After a few jumps my fear was gone. But now after the winter break, the fear is back. I'm not worried about what happens because I make mistakes but about situations that I can not influence. That's why I wanted to ask how likely it is that I'm hurt or dying by a mistake I can not influence (gear failure, double malfunction ...) Thanks in advance for your answers and excuse me for my bad english;)

Blue Skies

Its funny you say that as i am in the same situation currently. Did my AFF late in the season last year and then had a winter break as well and now im having some fear about jumping. I think its perfectly natural reaction to this kind of situation, we are jumping out of an airplane at 13,000 feet after all lol. I personally like a little bit of fear, keeps me on my toes ;)

I am sure that after the first jump of the season the fear will get better and it will be manageable enough to let loose and have fun.

Thats what i am hoping for anyway lol...

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Fear comes back after time off and it's a good thing.  You are jumping from a plane which is not a normal thing to most people.  Review your emergency procedures and then practice them. Most importantly just relax :)

BTW, I would get the fear back while working on my A license by the next weekend.  You will see it come back occasionally when you try new things as well.  Just remember to relax, visualize your dive flow and you will quickly get back to where you were before :)

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Well, to answer your specific question:

Very low. 

Modern gear is very reliable. To encounter a situation where you 'do everything right and still die' is possible, but not likely.

 

Most fatalities are the result of a 'chain of events', usually a chain of errors. Take any link out of that chain and the accident doesn't happen. 

 

Be 'up to speed' on your EPs, have an RSL & AAD, jump a reasonably sized canopy and be smart when you fly it (and jump at a place where other jumpers in the pattern are smart too).
Do those things and you remove yourself from most of the accident categories.

 

If it helps any, what you are feeling is perfectly normal. Familiarity will alleviate it to a large degree. My first jump each season is scary. Every damned year. 
If I'm off for more than a couple weeks, the first jump is a bit scary. Not as bad as after the whole winter, but more than just a week or so. 

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