Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane?

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So I was watching Finding Nemo last night, and during the part where Marlin and Dory were getting ready to "jump" I suddenly had the urge to skydive. So emailed Ric and he said he'd be interested in doing it with me. Cool. Then I was thinking how great it was that I'm not answerable to anyone, and don't have to get permission from anyone to do anything silly like that. The only person that'd really miss me if I died would be my mum (and maybe the odd blog reader out there ;) ). But then I started thinking about work, and the number of things I'm in the middle of at the moment, and if I died what a mess there'd be to clean up (literally and figuratively :) ). Even though my boss doesn't actually like me, I think he'd rather I didn't die, so that he wouldn't have to find someone else to setup three new servers, redesign the whole website, electronicify a bunch of our forms and reconfigure the external disk array. So I think I might organise a jump for January, when things have settled down somewhat :)


Dave2 said:

Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Because you never feel more alive than when you are closer to death! I do recommend having a "tandem" dive as your first jump... that's where a professional skydiver is attached to you for the ride down, so you don't have to worry about anything and can just enjoy the trip. If you like it, then absolutely go take the introductory class to static-line parachuting, which is a lot of fun (and required, before they toss you out of a plane or let you skydive alone... at least it is here in the States).

November 7, 2004 12:11 AM


kazza said:

I have a feeling you *have* to do tandem dives on your first jump here. But that suits me fine :)

November 7, 2004 12:22 AM


soss said:

Sounds cool ... just so happens i was watching one of those tv shows that show what happens when things go wrong, you know.. rampaging elephants in a circus... sky diving in tandom with an instructor while being filmed and the parachute line gets wrapped around the instructors neck. He can't release it, and the guy who is in tandem is waving to the camera thinking it is all part of the experience. Finally camera man manages to release the cord and they crash to ground but survive.
No really, sounds cool. Just make a will before hand.... just in case hey.

November 13, 2004 1:53 AM


Yvonne said:

Girls I have two things to say about this topic.

1 you have lived on your own for FAR to long. ARE YOU MAD!!
2.There is a skydiving school up the road from my house. If you don't die you can come for coffee later.

You have to do a certain amount of jumps tamdem before anyone can authorise a solo jump. Like getting a licence. Hanggliding seems to make people want jump from cliffs and plung towards the rocks below where the ocean can wash your remains away. Cleaner really.

November 13, 2004 10:44 PM


lillian said:

well in australia you can do a solo (AFF) for your first jump! i didnt though because i only had two weeks until i moved to Germany, so i did two tandem dives instead. why would i jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane? when i arrived at the drop zone for my first jump, they were standing around the plane, wondering how to stick the wing back on. i got the feeling if i didnt jump, i would die anyway in that plane!

March 10, 2005 4:37 AM


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