Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sky's the Limit

Hi everyone! Today's the last day of the break, I hope you all enjoyed it! Yesterday it was my birthday, and I celebrated it jumping out of a plane. No, it's not any kind of tradition from Spain. It's just that I went skydiving! It's been one of the most amazing experiences in my life and yes, I would definitely  recommend it! 


We chose a company called Sky's the Limit. It's located in East Stroudsburg (in Pennsylvania), 75 miles away from New York City, but it's apparently the closest drop zone to the city. Compared to others, they prices are quite competent. This was my first jump, so I can't really compare, but I definitely enjoyed it. The people that work there are fun and friendly, they love their job (they better do)! You can check out their website here: http://skydive.skysthelimit.net/. We did the tandem jump, which is what usually beginners like myself do. The tandem jump means that you jump with a master stuck to your back. Therefore, you don't need to worry (that much) about anything else than screaming while free falling.

It was a very long day, that started waking up at 7am to catch a bus to East Stroudsburg. Once we got there, we had to take a cab for about 4 or 5 miles. Before that happened, we had to wait a couple hours because our jump had been pushed back. We enjoyed the woods, the food at a commuters cafe run by a lovely Jamaican family and the arcade games at the bus station. Finally, the cab arrived and there we were, on our way to the airport place. The area is really nice, surrounded by woods and almost no sign of civilization, a great escape from the concrete jungle I live in. 

The first thing we had to do when we arrived was watching a warning video and signing a contract. Honestly, that was the scariest part of the day. They tell you that you assume the risk of serious injuries and death, and make you sign a paper that says they're not responsible for whatever happens to you. Great. It was something like the drugs' commercials in USA, where they state all the side effects. Sitting there hearing all these things made me go bananas. But, as soon as we got done with it, we started getting more excited about jumping! 

They do have a big aircraft where a lot of people can fit in and jump at once, but not that day. We had to jump one by one for those who hired the video package and in pairs for the rest. It took a lot of time for each of us to get ready, fly and jump; so we were there for a lot of hours. However, all the waiting is really worth it! Once they call your name, you have to put on a funny suit, the security harness and listen carefully to the instructor. Then the plane arrives, and you're on!

The plane was really small and uncomfortable, but at that time I didn't care about anything. I was stuck to someone from my back and flying up to around 12,000 feet as far as I can remember. It took us around 15 minutes to get to the right spot. Once there, the tandem master opened the window and I had to stand up on a step that was outside the plane. I had to stand there for a long minute until the master found the right moment to jump. I think that minute was the longest minute of my life (and the scariest), but I would go back and have that feeling again, because it was awesome! I was standing outside of a plane, waiting to jump to free fall! 

After that minute, I jumped and it felt incredible. I really can't describe the feeling of free falling. Nevertheless, it doesn't even feel like falling, because you have no reference, you just see the ground. However, you're so far up that you can't see it coming closer. After another minute, the master opened the parachute. That moment was a big release. It pulls you up and then you're standing there flying like a bird. It feels awesome. I literally had the world under my feet. We kept parachuting for about 5 more minutes and then we landed. My landing was quite painful because the wind pulled back the parachute when we were already in the ground, but nothing to worry about... I had just jumped out of a plane! I didn't get the video package, but one of my friends did. You can check it out, this exactly what I did:


It was such an incredible experience. I've never had such a big shot of adrenaline. All the nerves, the fear, everything is worth it. However, if you are to do it... make sure you have a good master jumping with you! He is in charge of your life. I hope you all did fun stuff during the break and now ready to get back to school for the spring quarter! See you soon!

4 comments:

  1. Wow i definitely want to do that but you didnt inform anybody about it :(

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  2. Wow! Sounds like you really had a great birthday, Jose! That's something that I'd also be interested in doing... how cool!

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  3. Must have been a fantastic experince! Happy birthday Jose. Keep blogging , i really enjoying reading about your experinces in NYC ! :)

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  4. I just did the same thing as well! Except I went skydiving new york city. Overall one of the best experiences of my life, I highly recommend doing it! Thanks for the post!

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