I’ve been googling like mad all morning trying to figure out exactly how I can process the fact that I am about to jump out of a FRIGGEN PLANE!!!! Again, I know everything is going to be kosher and all that snazzy jazzy stuff – however, this is very real that I am ABSOLUTELY petrified!!! For reals … right now, I am shaking like a leaf. Again though, this is the logical brain trying to process an illogical life. Life is sooooooo illogical that of course the brain cannot understand it, and therefore creates this element of fear because it is just that a False Event Appearing Real.
I know this is going to be hands down one of the coolest days of my life, and I have ItsTheSheets.com to thank for it – but I am always very honest with you nerdy folk. No matter how cool I say this was afterwards, know right now … in this moment … I’m shaking like a polaroid picture.
Here is what I found on google to help you guys understand (and myself) what this is going to feel like:
What does freefall feel like?
Freefall is not the “roller coaster drop” feeling most people expect it would be. It is a comfortable sensation of floating and support, with a slight pressure of air against your body.
Freefall is the closest thing to human flight, especially when falling “relative” with other skydivers. In relation to other skydivers in the air, a jumper can move forward, backwards, up, down and all around in the sky. He or she can dive vertically over 200 mph or achieve horizontal movement over the ground up to 60 mph. The constant air flow allows aerial maneuvers with precision and control.
If you want to experience many of the same sensations of freefall without making a parachute jump, visit a vertical wind tunnel or “skydiving simulator.” There are only a few available around the world, including about five in the U.S. Here is a link to a directory of these facilities: Wind tunnels.
What is opening and flying the parachute like?
The opening “shock” of the parachute is much like jumping feet-first into a pool of water. The opening takes about two to five seconds and is not uncomfortable.
Square parachutes are simple to maneuver and steer to the ground. Steering lines are attached to the rear right and left side of the parachute. By taking the controls in each hand, one steers the parachute by pulling on one control. To turn left, simply pull down the left control. To stop the turn, simply return the control to its original position.
What is landing like?
With the new, modern square parachutes, a proper parachute landing is now just like stepping off the curb. Parachutes used by beginners are typically much larger and more docile than an experienced jumper’s parachute. Thus, landings are generally soft in most conditions. This doesn’t mean jumpers don’t get hurt while landing; they sometimes do, just like participants in other active sports get occasionally injured.
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