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