It was one of the most amazing experiences I had. It was so serene going down from a airplane flying 4000 feet high ; so quite and very peaceful.
Usually in most countries (even currently in Jordan) when you decide to go skydiving they strap you on to a skydiver and they free fall with you strapped in front of them, while in my experience in Jordan (Royal Airsports club of Jordan ) I did a trial jump where they gave me a day course and then I jump the next day all by myself (don’t freak out I will explain), if you like it you can then join the club and jump many many times.
In the day course they taught us:
- How to position your body while free falling
- They teach you how to land
- They teach you , of course , how to open the parachute and they show you in cases of emergency how to open the extra parachute (yikes!)
- You get some theory to show you how to steer left or right, how to slow down and how to completely stop.
- They teach you how to read the height watch that tells what height you are on so you can track how high or low so you can start steering your parachute and slowing down when you are close to your destination.
So once you master these skills (well not really) you go really early the next day and they refresh the course quickly then take you up in a little airplane that went ,in our case, 4000 feet high.
The airplane we went on does not have a door to make it easier to jump (but it’s safe) . What happens next is they link your parachute opener on a special line on the airplane , the ask you to jump facing inside, at this second do not pause or think just JUMP because you will chicken out since you are 4000 or more feet high.
Because your parachute opener is linked to the airplane as soon as you jump and are 6 meters away from the airplane happily tumbling along ( it’s very tough from the first try to float like you see in the pictures) your parachute opens and then you slow down peacefully and serenely. I felt like a bird and I was singing up there..HA HA HA
I LOVED IT.
Of course I had to lie to my mom and tell her I was going for a flying lesson because not in a million years she would have let me go. SO I took my brother with because just incase God forbid the parachute decided not to open I would have family there.
A funny story:
During the training day we were a group of 8 – 10 people including four pilots. I remember one of the pilots did so well in the training session, his landing was great, his floating was great but then the next day when it came to the jump he was supposed to go first but he freaked out and said no no I’ll go second so one of the girls jumped and then he said NO WAY I AM NOT JUMPING and that’s it he would not jumpt out of the airplane his friends were taunting him and told him yee a girl jumped and you didn’t, I felt sorry for the guy but at the time it was hilarious.
A scary story:
One of the guys who was with us fully yanked his breaks when he was still 2 meters above ground ( you are supposed to only fully pull them once your feet almost hit the ground and not 1 second before and the instructor told us 100 times to makes sure we do it at that time) if you fully pull the brakes above the ground you become parallel to the ground so he smacked flat on his back, THAT HURT and I think he injured his leg. Well because the guy was wearing red overalls just like me my Bro freaked out and was running towards him to find out it was not me
Now when we had to go back to the centre we were supposed to walk but I felt sorry for my Bro because he was sitting there for 2 hours waiting for me to jump, so I asked the pilot if my Brother and I could go on the airplane instead and I told him, “my poor brother was waiting all this time and it would be nice to take him up” so he agreed and it was only my brother the pilot and I and he let me fly the airplane (well just steer it) and I was super excited. My brother was sitting there kinda scared shitless because the airplane had no door and he would not come to the front and fly it …lol
Here are some links if you are interested:
The Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan (newer)
Royal airsports club of Jordan (not sure they still operate)