Place to learn to skydive

Place to learn to skydive

Post by R. Srir » Fri, 07 May 1993 22:22:32


Hi Everyone

I'm kind of curious about this adventure and want to try it out. But I
have no idea if there's any place near about NYC or north (as far as
Albany) where there I could learn to do so. Any pointers are welcome.

BTW, is fear of heights a significant disadvantage?

Tnx in advance

Ram

 
 
 

Place to learn to skydive

Post by Philip Yzarn de Lourail » Sat, 08 May 1993 06:13:33

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>Hi Everyone

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>BTW, is fear of heights a significant disadvantage?

I do not think so. I think the "fear" is triggered by a parallax effect:
when you are on a ladder and move your head, what is close to you moves a
lot more than at the bottom of the ladder.

Once you are in freefall, the ground is so far below that you can't
possibly see that parallax effect.

In my opinion, you will be so fearfull of the actual jump (a natural
effect) that your fear of height will be a second order thing...

Good luck and have fun.

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Post by Mark Smi » Sat, 08 May 1993 23:42:12

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: BTW, is fear of heights a significant disadvantage?

A friend of mine who has over 4000 jumps is afraid of heights,
so I figure Phillip is right.  Being that high off the ground
isn't the same thing as being 10 feet up.
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Place to learn to skydive

Post by Raul Alvar » Sat, 08 May 1993 22:26:52


Quote:

> Hi Everyone

> I'm kind of curious about this adventure and want to try it out. But I

Curiosity is not enough, you have to really want to do it, or you will not  
appreciate it, and to do it safely.

Quote:
> have no idea if there's any place near about NYC or north (as far as
> Albany) where there I could learn to do so. Any pointers are welcome.

The Sky Ranch at Gardener, NY has an Accelerated Free Fall program.  It's  
near New Paltz, NY; Exit 17 on NYS Thruway.

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> BTW, is fear of heights a significant disadvantage?

When you are two miles up, The world looks very different that when you  
are 50 or 100 feet up.  If you don't have problems being in small  
airplanes, you will probably not have any height problems.  If you really  
have a strong desire to skydive, and experience it, your fear of heights  
will not matter.

BTW, I think everyone has some fear of heights.  Most people are not  
paralyzed by it though.  If this is you, you are just like the rest of us.

Raul.

 
 
 

Place to learn to skydive

Post by Helmut Stoeckl » Wed, 19 May 1993 21:49:37


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|>>Hi Everyone
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|>.... deleted text ...
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|>>BTW, is fear of heights a significant disadvantage?
|>>
|>
|>I do not think so. I think the "fear" is triggered by a parallax effect:
|>when you are on a ladder and move your head, what is close to you moves a
|>lot more than at the bottom of the ladder.
|>
|>Once you are in freefall, the ground is so far below that you can't
|>possibly see that parallax effect.
|>
|>In my opinion, you will be so fearfull of the actual jump (a natural
|>effect) that your fear of height will be a second order thing...
|>
|>

        That's what I can confirm from my own experience. I too
        was afraid of heights when I started skydiving and that exactly
        led me to do AFF and not S/L, because in case of S/L I I'd have
        had to face ground from much a lower level and I told myself:
        if you are up 14000 ft it's much less freightening than being
        up only 1800ft and it worked fine, it 's just far from good or
        bad because ther's no 'realistic' reference point to trigger
        your fear of height.

                                                                helmut