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Unread 03-07-2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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Anyone here skydive? How about scuba?

This spring I'm thinking about getting my Open Water certification and at least trying a tandem dive to see if I like it. I HATE flying, so I figure if I learn to skydive I can take my parachute with me whenever I have to fly, sorta like a security blanket. Anyway, I'd love to here from anyone who does either of these.

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Unread 03-07-2005, 10:35 PM   #2
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I know of at least one person here who skydives. And it isn't me.
I am sure this person will chime in soon enough.
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Unread 03-07-2005, 10:36 PM   #3
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I'm PADI Certified. Unfortunately, I don't dive often.
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Unread 03-08-2005, 04:50 AM   #4
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Scuba is amazing. I got into it initially for rescue purposes, but ended up doing alot more recreational stuff later. Do it just for the exposure to aquatic life. You'll see more things than you even knew existed. If you decide to scuba, don't stop with open water, at least get your advanced open water so that you can go a little deeper.

I used to jump on a regular basis, but not so much anymore. It was just getting too costly, and with my regular hobbies (climbing and kayaking) I sacrificed jumping to make time and money for the others. Jumping, to me, isn't really all it's cracked up to be, anyhow. It's fun, it's neat, but it's costly and there's alot that's not in your control. My opinion is that if you don't like flying in the first place, jumping's not for you.

Climbing is great. Depending on where you live, it's alot more accessible than finding a local jump spot. Paddling is awesome, too, but obviously you need to live near water.

Good luck with whatever you decide on.

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Unread 03-08-2005, 08:44 AM   #5
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I was a "5 Jump Chump" in the Army, but its static line, no free fall, but technically we did jump out of a perfectly good aircraft.

I got my basic open water Scuba back when I was in High School, After I did my certification dives I have only used it once, and that was in Mexico where all you really need is $, I need to get a new card, cause my current one has my picture when I was 17, now at 32 It looks a little odd.. I wonder If I have to go to a recertification class since I have not dived in so long.
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Unread 03-08-2005, 08:59 AM   #6
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If you have not dove recently, a recert or at least a refresher is always a good idea. It gets you reacclamated to the water and things you need to do. Supervised bubble time after a prolonged dry spell makes it a lot safer for you and those you dive with.
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Unread 03-08-2005, 09:05 AM   #7
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One of my best buddies was a Para Rescue guy in the Navy, and he talked me into jumping with him a couple of times. It was a rush, fun to do, but after doing it a couple of times it lost its luster for me. Definitely something to try though. And for the record, you will lose a disposable camera very easily while jumping. Who knew?

Now diving, that is a whole other animal. Awesome. I used to dive all the time about 10 years ago, did a couple dives on some blue holes down in the Bahamas, and I plan on getting recertified since I haven't dove in so long. Definitely worth it.
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Unread 03-08-2005, 09:33 AM   #8
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Used to be PADI certified ... nice to do in warm, clear waters !

Moved to the east coast and lost interest.
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Unread 03-08-2005, 10:47 AM   #9
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I'm a water girl at heart, it's my first love... grew up on the TN River, but have never tried scuba diving.. I would love to and I've snorkelled down in Mexico and various places....

As for skydiving... I started back in 2001... I've always loved flying and like some people have said, if you don't like flying in the first place, skydiving is probably not for you... I started out with a tandem and did a few tandems and then went solo in 2002... I got very frustrated with Level 5 in the AFF (Accelerated Freefall) program, I decided to go to Orlando and try out the wind tunnel down there... I was rigid and couldn't relax... I took a break, got back in the air at the end of 2003, had a great dive, but just had to get over some mental stuff and took all of 2004 off.... I started back up this year... did a tandem, then did my level 4 (which I landed in a tree) and then this past weekend I finished up my AFF (level 5, 6 and 7) and now I am done with my training... I am all about getting off the ripcord and training for a throw out pilot chute... I also want to downsize my canopy for more response... but that will be in due time...
I highly recommend doing at least one tandem just to check it out and see if you like it.... and since you are close to Cullman that would be a good place to go, that's where our Cessna flies out of every weekend for my dropzone in Rome, GA... They also have a King Air, which is nice because it gets to altitude faster and more peeps can get on...
*When I said getting over mental stuff, I meant that I had to get over the garbage in my head about NOT being able to get past that level 5... skydiving like anything that seems hard is 90% mental and 10% actually doing it... once you believe in yourself, you can do anything you set your mind to...

Here's a few pics... If you have any questions, you can PM me...

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This is my exit on my level 7 on Sunday...


This is me on my level 7....
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Unread 03-08-2005, 12:51 PM   #10
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i have advanced open water cert.

i was going to go pro and be an instructor but ended up going corporate

have dove in the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Carib, Borneo, Malaysia etc.
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Unread 03-08-2005, 03:06 PM   #11
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I went for my first dive about a month ago in Hawaii. Off the western side of Oahu. It was my first and one of those combo's where they train you on the spot for a shallow dive. No cert neccessary. They took us to 40 ft, through some caverns. Awesome. If I lived a little closer to dive places I would get certified, or if I travelled places like that more often. Great experience and could make for a good hobby.
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They also have a King Air, which is nice because it gets to altitude faster and more peeps can get on...

King Air = Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccee!!

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King Air = Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccee!!

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Casa > King Air... which there are going to be two Casas, a King Air, a hot air balloon and a heli in Dublin, GA for the RoamingDZ boogie next week... YAY!!!
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Unread 03-10-2005, 02:45 PM   #14
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Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane? I love to fly, but I've never tried skydiving. Sounds like fun though. I was also thinking about getting my SCUBA cert this spring.
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Now diving, that is a whole other animal. Awesome. I used to dive all the time about 10 years ago, did a couple dives on some blue holes down in the Bahamas, and I plan on getting recertified since I haven't dove in so long. Definitely worth it.
Hey, I'm just up the road here in Dayton, and a couple friends and I are talking about doing some Great Lake diving this summer. Sposed to be a few awesome wrecks to dive on since it's fresh water. If we do go, interested?

Heh... of course then you'd be diving with some UD fans...
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