Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Skydiving Is Not For You!

I jumped out of a plane at 13,500 feet! By choice!

The Director of Student Activities at the school I work at was hosting a skydiving trip for the students and needed more chaperones, which meant a free trip for me. The shirts are always funny but you only get one if you jump, so I had to do it!

It was actually pretty fun and not as scary as I thought it would be. Did you know the human body falls at an average of 120 mph? We were in a freefall for about 1 min before the tandem instructor pulled the chute and we floated to the ground for another 4-5 minutes before our picture perfect landing.

To answer some FAQs that I have already been asked:

No. I am not afraid of heights like the rest of my family apparently is. It was more a fear of the parachute not opening!

Yes. It is safe for a diabetic to jump out of a plane (thanks Mom). My blood sugar was actually excellent the whole day!

No. I did not wear my pump during the jump. I know it is attached to my body but I kept having these visions of it floating away from me at 10,000 feet and it is kinda expensive. There was actually a fight between the other chaperones about who would ‘get’ to hold it…don’t ask, I have no idea. 🙂

Yes. I would do it again, but only if it was free. It is just too expensive any other way!

You can view a short video of my jump at the link listed below. You have to enter an e-mail address to view the video, but it does say that you can opt-out of receiving any e-mails from them. View the full version when I am in CA for Christmas.

Video link:

Please leave a comment here and let me know what you think… and let me know that someone out there is actually reading this! 😛

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  • George says:

    THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!! I have bungee jumped but I wanna do the real deal out of a plane! That looks like such A rush!

    October 13, 2006 at 1:41 pm
  • caramaena says:

    Hey Sara, jumping out of a perfectly good plane is fantastic, isn’t it?

    I did it several years ago and it was just wonderful. I can still feel the ‘rush’ from it all.

    Like you, I’d love to do it again – if it were free!

    October 14, 2006 at 3:02 pm
  • Sara says:

    See George, that is the funny thing about it. I loved skydiving but I would never even consider bungee jumping!!

    October 14, 2006 at 3:04 pm
  • Malcolm says:

    For this you needed a Master’s Degree? Mom must be so proud of you. We are. We miss you but we have no intention of following you up there to see you!
    The Geffons

    October 14, 2006 at 8:27 pm
  • Minnesota Nice says:

    What a brave soul you are!
    Looks like you enjoy adventure (and a bargain).
    Have a good weekend.

    October 16, 2006 at 9:08 pm
  • Karen says:

    WOW. I never pictured you as the sky-diving type! I’ve been tempted to attempt it myself, but I’m scared my nerves can’t handle everything up to the time I actually jump. I figured I’ll have blacked out or barfed before I even step out of the plane! YOU GO GIRL!!!

    October 16, 2006 at 9:08 pm

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