So what happens when you’ve finished reading a book on economics and you’re digging around in your file cabinet to find all your old saving’s bonds? You just might come across something you’ve not seen in years. Like…say…your old skydiving logbook. OK, maybe not everyone. But that’s what happened to me yesterday so I figured I’d share it’s contents with you in a post. Don’t worry, I only made two dives. After the $$ signs were adding up, I decided to quit after my second jump. I never looked back. Here’s what the Jumpmaster wrote in my logbook after my first two jumps:
- Date: 10 June 1997 / Place: Raeford D.Z. / Aircraft: Cesna 182 / Altitude: 3500ft. / Winds: 0-3
- Description: Good awareness, good climb out. Good hang. Good response to jump commands. On exit: De-arched (looked down). Good job!! Do it again…
- Date: 13 June 1997 / Place: Raeford D.Z. / Aircraft: Cesna 182 / Altitude: 3500ft. / Winds: 8-10
- Description: Excellent exit and super hard arch – super stable body position. Super dive. Excellent canopy control. Cleared for PRCP(Practice Ripcord Pull). AWESOME.
So there you have it, my entire civilian skydiving career summed up in two small paragraphs. I love the “Do it again…” after the first jump. Yeah, so you can get paid, right? It was seriously fun though. Very expensive too and I picked up right away on the whole culture of skydiving. Most of these guys were either current or retired Special Forces dudes from Ft. Bragg. They were definitely a group of very “cool”, thrill seekers. I figured if the federal government would pay me to jump, I’d stick with that. Once I was married and had children, I’ve never really desired to do it again. Not that I wouldn’t love it, but it’s just too great of a risk given my new responsibilities. If you’re young and single and looking for an amazing rush, give it a try. Skydiving wouldn’t be on my bucket list but I’m glad I gave it a shot back in the day.