An update from David Chambers on SMU Outdoor Adventures’ September skydiving trip (see more photos here):
Our group of brave souls – Christina, Judith, Morgan, Nicole, Rebecca, Daniel, Robin and his sister Alice and Emily and her father David with OA staff Dexter Jacobs and David Chambers – headed for our rendezvous with what many felt was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a chance to tease gravity, that impeccable and consistent force of nature.
“Once in a lifetime” was a common response when asked, “Why?” Ah, to be so innocent. Yes, it may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, but did it occur to anyone it could the “last of a lifetime?”
We had no worries as our outfitters, Skydive Dallas, is well equipped and capable of handling the likes of us … thrill seekers, “bucket list” achievers, and naive consumers of this thing that keeps us all on the surface of the earth.
Regardless of my ramblings, it was not very long after our arrival that we entered the “classroom” for our briefing on what to expect this day. After watching a video designed to both entertain and warn us of the possible but improbable impending doom and loss of life, we were on the floor practicing our “exit” maneuvers, and getting some laughs.
Before we knew it, a knock on the door informed us that our first group needed to get ready to jump. Had we seen enough of the video? Did we practice enough to secure muscle memory? Is there anything else they want to let me know before it’s too late? Probably, but we had a schedule to keep.
Our fears and apprehensions were soon replaced by excitement. By twos and threes, our group left the ground and then, as if by magic, floated, albeit some more gracefully than others, to the ground. A chance to race at 120 mph toward the ground, the breeze in your hair (and teeth, and nose, etc), the peace of a floating canopy, the gradual left, then right, then left, and right as you glide to a landing.
Many people ask what it’s like. I don’t think there are words to adequately explain it, at least to my knowledge. It is one of those things you need to experience for yourself.