Has anyone ever gone skydiving?

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As I said, my first (only) jump was a solo freefall and I highly recommend it. It is more expensive though. And tandem misses the other half!
Good point. Controlling the chute is half the fun, and it's also the longer half of the jump. Solo freefall is the way to go, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who isn't sure they can take the first step on their own.

*You're supposed to jump straight back and arch, but I jumped back and leaned forward like an actual inward dive, which meant I went tumbling out of the plane. I stabilized after a few seconds though.
This sounds a lot like what I did on my first solo jump. The instructors called it "the hill". It's the change in velocity after exiting the aircraft. I tried to put my front side to the ground because that was the way I wanted to go. I was actually moving forward so I had no control over my dive and coupled with the uneasy falling sensation from acceleration I forgot my posture and ended up on my back. I fell down the hill. It was easy to correct after the first few seconds when I was moving downward fast enough.
 
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I went this past July and it was one of the best things I have ever done. Talk about exhilarating. I jumped tandem and ended up lucking out to get the best seat in the plane. My buddy and his partner went in, then my jump-guy and I was the last one in. The plane was going down the runway when my instructor was closing the door. I sat right next to the
window in a little Cessna. We were crammed in there. The ride up took about 20 min.

Around 7000ft we started getting ready to jump at which point my instructor made me his *****. Once he was hooked up to me we reviewed our training and the instructor's coordinated when they would jump.

Then the door was opened.

My instructor and I shimmied ourselves so that we were next to the door facing the rear of the plane. I was a little worried but reminded myself that my intent was to fall out anyway plus I had the chute strapped to my instructor strapped to my back.

Next I oriented my left leg out the door and place my left foot onto a little platform followed by my instructor moving his left leg out the door. Then the same was done with the right leg.

At this time I was sitting out the door of a plane at 11000ft.

My instructor tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I was ready to skydive. I told him yes and gave a thumbs up.

All I did next was cross my arms over my chest and literally let myself fall out of the plane. I immediately went into my arch and plummeted toward the Earth. There was a small cloud that we went into (small enough not to warrant not jumping because of limited visbility) which was pretty cool and then I saw the Earth below me. Its pretty trippy. The cool thing about the cloud was that I was ble to look straight ahead and get a gauge of the decent speed.

Falling is an interesting sensation. It doesn't really feel like anything, especially once you hit terminal velocity. I forgot to mention how incredibly loud it was. Very loud.

At 5500ft my instructor flashed his hands in front of my face and I pulled the ripcord. (W)OW! That was the probably more intense than actually falling out of the plane, and painful. My groin was sore for a few days afterward. Not to mention the whole ride down was very uncomfortable. However, it was a samll price to pay for the experience. Plus I found out that if needed I could have stood on my instructor's legs and adjusted myself.

On the way down I took control of the toggles and we did a few corkscrew spins and practice landings. Floated around for a bit and the instructor aimed us toward the ground where we came in and landed.

Very, very cool. I want to do it again and if you get the chance to by all means do it.

PS-gives you a new meaning to the word faith.
 
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At 5500ft my instructor flashed his hands in front of my face and I pulled the ripcord. (W)OW! That was the probably more intense than actually falling out of the plane, and painful. My groin was sore for a few days afterward. Not to mention the whole ride down was very uncomfortable. However, it was a samll price to pay for the experience. Plus I found out that if needed I could have stood on my instructor's legs and adjusted myself.

On the way down I took control of the toggles and we did a few corkscrew spins and practice landings. Floated around for a bit and the instructor aimed us toward the ground where we came in and landed.
That's cool that you got to pull the cord and pilot the chute a little. I didn't get to do that on my first jump. Did you hold onto the cord? Did they let you keep it? I dropped the cord on one of my dives and the deal was that I had to buy the instructors a 6 pack.

For any male considering skydiving, wear loose fitting or stretchy pants, and maybe some tighty whiteys. If things are in the wrong position when the harness pulls on your groin you won't forget it for a while.
 
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I actually have no idea what became of the cord. I definitely did not hold on to it and I do not believe I was told to hang on to it. If they make a cord that auto-retracts that would be my best guess.
 

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