Skydiving over Canberra

johnboy 6 December 2010 13

[First filed: Dec 4, 2010 @ 14:31]

“paddy217125” has posted to YouTube an excellent video of tandem skydiving over Canberra.

For those who haven’t tried it yet, trust me, this really captures the experience well.


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zllauh zllauh 11:39 am 28 Jul 15

i would reckon to have this experience before satan takes us :p
amazing fun

chris820 chris820 6:38 pm 06 Dec 10

Gungahlin Al said :

But I recommend checking out where the ripcords are on your tandem buddy. I woke up that night in a sweat when I realised I had not checked out this basic thing, and if something had happened to they guy, I would not have been able to save myself (us).

I’d like to think that that tandem jumpers would use an AAD (Automatically deploys the reserve when you hit a certain altitude – in freefall).

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:13 pm 06 Dec 10

Holden Caulfield said :

I would love to do this, I think; but don’t think I’d have the balls to go through with it.

That’s why they get you to stand there with your arms crossed – so you don’t grab anything. I distinctly remeber as my toes started leaving the plane’s doorstep thinking “No not ready yet…” but before my arms could move out, the wind snatched us off the step and we were away. A half-second of (I thought understandable) panic, then all good.

Going tandem (despite looking like a couple of cane toads doing it) is the best way to conquer your fear on this, as it takes away some of your control.

But I recommend checking out where the ripcords are on your tandem buddy. I woke up that night in a sweat when I realised I had not checked out this basic thing, and if something had happened to they guy, I would not have been able to save myself (us). Sure enough, a few months later a tandem jump somewhere went wrong when they tumbled out the door as the newby was a little out of control, and the lead guy pulled, but got the drone chute line around his neck causing him to black out. There was a separate cameraman going down with them and he caught up and tried to signal to the passenger, but the guy just waved back! The cameraman then flew in and ripped the reserve chute himself, saving them both.

Like a lot of basic risk management – 20-20 hindsight…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:40 am 06 Dec 10

I would love to do this, I think; but don’t think I’d have the balls to go through with it.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 10:07 am 06 Dec 10

A pity about the music actually. The sounds are the aspect of my first jump that stuck with me. The “Shiiiiiiiiiiittt” to start, the roar of the wind, my groan when the shute pops and hauls up on your crotch (do make sure you’ve got everything arranged out of the way of the straps gents), then the absolute silence when as the chute filled bringing us to a temporary stop, then the wind (lighter) again as we started “flying”.

It was a very short free fall though – I’d recommend shelling out more for a higher jump. I recall mine was about 30 seconds. Passed through clouds, time to look around.

motleychick motleychick 8:25 am 06 Dec 10

Awesome!! Nothing like a video to capture the moment. Mine is hilarious – facial expressions are classic.

peterepete peterepete 10:21 pm 05 Dec 10

Can only imagine the sound on the way down is less Foo Fighters + Lenny and more like a flapping flag in a cyclone? Looks like fun

Fender Fender 5:22 pm 05 Dec 10

Holy moly. Fantastic camera work and some new undies needed for the jumper I would think.

Chaz Chaz 2:50 pm 05 Dec 10

great video! such a blast…

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 11:04 am 05 Dec 10

It’s a blast. I did 6 “static line” drops when I was 17. It was my proud boast then that I’d been up in a plane 6 times but never landed in one.

ashnkym ashnkym 2:35 am 05 Dec 10

Interesting. I did this in NZ and there was another sky-diver that went up with us to take photos and video so we got shots from above, below, as well as front on. I actually didn’t realise sky-diving existed in Canberra. I was going to buy a gift voucher for my dad to go sky-diving in Temora for his 50th but I think doing it over Canberra would be heaps better.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 6:12 pm 04 Dec 10

Fantastic! Talk about capture the moment!

vg vg 4:49 pm 04 Dec 10

Nicely captures the facial expressions identically to when I did it. The ‘this is nothing’ look at the start which progressively weakened once in the plane and climbing. Culimating in the look of absolute horror on the person who did it with me, who saw how quickly I plummetted when I went out the door.

Highly recommended experience

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