Wow. I can't begin to describe the feeling this sport gives me. I owe it all to my boyfriend for getting me into skydiving. Ever since I moved to California, I would always go to the drop zone with him and hang out on the ground while he jumped. After I while, I decided I wanted to give it a try. I was hesitant at first due to finances but I thought- if the money is just sitting in my bank account, why not spend it on a hobby that I can do for the rest of my life?!
So I signed up for AFF and started jumping!
I took my AFF course at Skydive San Diego (which I highly recommend) and all of my instructors were absolutely amazing. The drop zone overlooks beautiful mountains, the ocean, the city of San Diego, and Mexico!
What is AFF?
The Accelerated Freefall (AFF) training program is a comprehensive, 4-6 hour ground school that teaches you everything you need to know to make your first-jump safely wearing your own parachute. It covers all aspects of freefall skydiving, aircraft procedures, equipment, canopy control, landing, and emergency procedures. It is a mixture of classroom training and hands-on practical and participatory training using video, visual aids and skydiving equipment.
Following the first jump course, it's then time to make your first jump! After gearing up, you'll review the skydive and get a gear check with the instructors. Then it's time to ride up to 13,000ft in the plane! On your first jump, you exit the plane with 2 instructors holding onto you. You'll do the drills and deploy your own parachute at 5,500 ft then continue your canopy flight safely down to the ground! After that jump, you have 6 more levels to go. There are a total of 7 levels of the AFF course. You’ll be assessed on every level before you can progress to the next one.
The final jump in the program involves a thorough testing of all of the concepts introduced and a completion of a series of performance maneuvers. After you've successfully completed all 7 levels, you're a graduate of AFF and can solo skydive on your own and work towards your A license (25 jumps)!
This sport supports me along my journey because it forces me to be in the present moment, which I absolutely love. Yoga has helped me tremendously with skydiving. I stay present with pranayama during the whole experience. Yoga and skydiving are similar yet very different. Both are about coming face to face with your deepest fears and finding stillness amongst the chaos.
Skydiving has been such a remarkable experience that has forced me to overcome my fears. A psychological concept known as "flow" is a state of mind during which people become so involved in an activity that the world seems to fade away and nothing else matters. When in flow, time dissipates , focus becomes sharp, and people experience a loss of self-consciousness. Skydiving has taught me a few things: to face and overcome your fears, remain in the present moment, and go out and enjoy your passions.
If I could recommend a bucket list item for anyone- it would be to go skydiving. Even if it's tandem! It gives you a different outlook on life and a greater appreciation for yourself as a human being.
Thank you for being apart of my journey!
Now if anyone wants to go jump, holla at ya girl!!!