I used the company Skydive Sacramento, and jumped from 13,000 ft. We got a good deal using Groupon, so I definitely recommend looking there if you are going to go in Sacramento. My super cool dad came along with me. We arrived at the location in Lincoln, California, a warehouse building in a patch of dry farmland. After filling out paperwork (signing our lives away) and watching a corny safety video that was at least 20 years old, we were introduced to our tandem instructors. There was a bit of a breeze, so my hair decided to blow every which way during the entire experience, haha.
The instructors helped us put on the harness and explained the logistics of exiting the plane safely.
We entered the airport through a back gate and got into a plane. I had never been in a plane so small- it only had a seat for the pilot, and we sat on the floor, facing the rear of the plane.
The anticipation built during the ascent, watching buildings fade to squares, then fade to entire blocks and squares of empty farmland. We could see downtown Sacramento, Folsom Lake, and the mountains surrounding us. I couldn't believe that we would actually be throwing ourselves out of an airplane at such a dizzying height, but I was also very excited.
Our instructors strapped our harnesses to theirs, told us to put on our googles, and then the door opened. My dad exited the plane with his instructor first, and then it was my turn.
The instructor and I slid to the side of the airplane, swung our feet out onto a little step, and then he pushed us out into the void. We fell instantly, and time sort of slowed to a stop.
|This hairstyle is hereby known as the upside-down freefall mohawk|
|During a roll, upside-down relative to the Earth.|
|Realizing the awesomeness of freefall|
|I tried to look cute and instead look like a weird squishy alien|