Skydive Orange was the location for our tandem jumps and it was only an hour or so away from where we all lived, so the drive down there was easy. After signing our lives away, a 15 minute ground lesson, and a 4 hour wait, and getting our gear on we were off to the airplane to climb up to 13,500 feet only to get thrown out of a plane and SKYDIVE.
You don't jump out of the plane. The tandem guide/instructor more or less pushes you out of the plane. You free fall for about 45 seconds.
You don't even really realize feel like you're falling because it's too high up, so your perspective isn't that good, but there's still a rush and it's very cool! When the parachute is deployed you and your tandem guide/instructor shoot up towards the sky.
With Chuck (i.e. my tandem guy) I was able to control the parachute and make turns. The harder the turn though, the more intense the feeling and the faster the speed. I didn't like hard turns as much, so we glided more or less all the way down. Great view of everything below!
Here's the video from my tandem jump! Enjoy :-P
Soooooo... Now what?!!?
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