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  1. Thanks wolf! Your words inspire confidence. I really appreciate the reply, and words of wisdom. Forever grateful.
  2. Hahaha it's so comforting knowing I'm not the only one who has felt this way. Cant thank you enough for the reply. Your awesome!
  3. Thank you so much for your reply! I wont let it stop me. I'm going back as soon as this rain let's up to conquer. Cant tell you guys how much the replies mean and help me to overcome. I seriously love the skydiving community.
  4. Thank you for your reply Seth. Its reassuring knowing others have gone through this exact same thing. I really appreciate it.
  5. Hello everyone. I recently started my AFF course. My first day I did 3 jumps and passed all 3. I really enjoyed the canopy rides and the free fall alike. I felt a good bit of nervousness for my first jump and every subsequent jump the fear seemed to lessen, thus increasing my enjoyment. Today however, I woke up early to capture as much of the sun and blue skies as I could. I am about 2 hours away from my DZ and about half way through my drive I realized I had forgotten my logbook, my vape pen, and my hoodie I planned on wearing due to the colder weather. I was in such a rush to get to the drop zone that I forgot all of these things. This really threw me off mentally and exasperated my anxiety to the point that I did not feel right jumping. What I felt was far worse than my first jump, and I sat in my car for 45 minutes trying to discern what i was feeling and why it was so intense today. I did not want to give into these feelings but dissapointingly i did. I decided that I had not prepared properly, and to take today as a lesson. I went home and discussed my decision with some experienced skydivers and they told me I made the right choice. Ive read and listened to alot of information saying to trust your gut, and only jump when you feel right about it. It was hard to not think of my choice today as giving into anxiety. I knew I would be safe, I knew I would be able to do it. Ive spent almost an hour in the tunnel and countless hours studying dive flows of the various jumps, emergency procedures etc. However, today just didn't feel right for some reason, and I listened to that feeling. I think I rushed today too much and paid the price for it. I'm wondering if anyone has any similar stories, and what they did to better prepare for next time? How did you overcome the nerves? I have such a respect for this sport and those who pursue it, it hurt leaving today. I have a worry that this anxiety is going to come back regardless of how much further I prepare myself. I dont know if things would have been different had I not forgotten so many things. I know how I felt my first few jumps and today was filled with much more nerves than any of those jumps combined. The only difference is the forgotten items and waking up much earlier. Interested to hear others stories. -Blue skies
  6. Thank your for the valuable information. This has helped clear up alot of confusion for me. Thanks so much!
  7. Hello everyone. New skydiver here. I have spent 15 minutes in the tunnel over the weekend and immediately booked 30 more minutes. However, I'm am a little intimidated because I was told that this time would run constantly. So I decided to reduce this time to 20 minutes and it has me wondering. What is the longest you guys have gone without a break in the tunnel? By the end of the 15 with 1 minute breaks I was pretty tired, but still had more to give. I'm a little worried that I wont be able to use all of my time flying. We will be working on belly flying, just the basics. They wouldn't allow me to schedule it in intervals. There is definately some fine print when it comes to tunnel flying. Has anyone else had this experience and if so how did you fair?
  8. Lmao! Im starting my AFF in a little over a week. Went tandem last weekend, and I can embarrassingly admit that I asked this question to my TI. This is just hilarious.