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Marina Marina | 14:22 UK time, Sunday, 29 August 2010

Hi guys!

There is always something that happens for the first time with us. But, in my opinion, the older we get the less "things-happen-for-the-first-time" we have. It's quite sad, isn't it? I think we should make our life more diverse considering the fact that our routine is sometimes eating us alive. Don't you think so, friends? Of course people are different, so are their interests.

Friends, I'm going to tell you about my first parachute-jumping experience)). Well, it was new and unusual feeling, although it didn't live up with my expectations! Honestly, a steep waterslide in Aqua Park seems more dangerous to me). May be I just didn't understand what was happening as the duration of flying wasn't so long - only 4-5 minutes; and the free fall lasted only 3 seconds. BUT! I felt like screaming "aaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!" when the door of the airplane was opened. As a result I've got a huge bruise on my knee and my nails broken, and of course I've got my adrenaline going! :))).

OK, let's start from the beginning. We came to the airfield Bayserke at 10 o'clock yesterday and started training which lasted 4 hours. Our trainer was telling us about the theory of jumping and describing how the parachute works. The main canopy of the parachute Д-1-5у ("jellyfish 'chutes") we have jumped with is round and has 82, 5 square meters in area. Can you guys imagine! It could cover up to three big cars! These parachutes are the USSR made and still have no analog.

Well I was a kind of model for our instructor. And, friends, I must say those parachutes are so heavy!!! The main parachute weighs 16 kg. and an emergency one is about 8 kg. You see, guys, it was quite hard to wear them both as my weight is only 49 kg.) But, believe me in the air it hardly does any matter :).

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The main rules are quite simple:

1. You have to weigh from 40 to 95 kg. and be over 16 years old.
2. No alcohol, drugs or energetic drinks.
3. You have to be examined by doctor: your blood pressure and pulse must be standard.
4. You have to sign a standard contract, get the insurance, and pay the money.
5. And of course you are forbidden to wear skirt and high hills during the jumping)))).

After we got a portion of theory we began to train how to jump out of airplane (there was a sort of "door" on a training field, which was removed from an old airplane :)) and how to land. You see, guys, if you don't follow these rules you will break your legs in the best case. So we were training until our instructor told us it was enough. To be honest, I felt like a soldier in the army :)).

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Finally it was time to divide us into the groups of 10 because the airplane has only 10 sits. I was in a second group. So before jumping we had to be examined by doctor who then decided whether you're allowed to jump or not. Unfortunately, my companion had some problems with his pulse and he was excluded. I myself had a classic combination of blood pressure and pulse. I was near to scream: Hurraahh!! :)).

Our group of 7 boys and 3 girls went to big field where our parachutes and the airplane were ready. The trainer assistants helped us to put on parachutes and helmets. And finally we followed our instructor towards the airplane!

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Inside the airplane our 10 parachutes were attached to the cable so that they could open automatically in 3 seconds after jumping. Well the airplane took off! Guys! Despite my skepticism it was just fantastic! Boys and girls was screaming and cheering each other up :)). When the airplane got altitude of 1000 meters our trainer opened the door! I was so excited and looking forward to my turn to jump, although I was the last. First our instructor allowed going 4 boys. Then the airplane made a circle and another 3 boys jumped out. You see, guys, according to the rules of parachute jumping the lightest person goes the last. Finally it was girls turn! When I looked down I saw the whole city! It was really amazing!

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Well, jumping down was the best moment! After a few seconds I felt a rapid leap up - my parachute was opened and after that my helmet fell on my eyes :). You know, it was so quiet in the air! I was really enjoying the moment!

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But after one minute I remembered the rules we were told about :)). I had to direct my parachute towards the white cross that was as orienteer for us. When I finally discovered the sign I was trying to fly towards it, but I realized soon that it was in vain. I noticed a herd of cows as well and was getting closer and closer to it :)). Fortunately, I managed to fall nearby :)). So every cow is still alive :))). One of the instructor's assistants was watching me during my flight and met me on the ground.
I arrived home safe and sound, and happy of course!

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So guys, I feel really good because it was another "fear-overcoming" for me. Now I know for sure I'm not afraid of heights!

I hope you'll share your stories with me, friends!

Take care,

Yours
Marina

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    After reading I have an impression as if I've jumped myself. Very good story! Marina, thanks!

    One of my friends told me the most dangerous time in parachute-jumping is flying in an airplane. She also said that everybody feel relief when the airplane gets specified height.

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Marina. It has been nice to read all your comments during this months.
    During the summer a row of buoys are set on the sea at about (I'm doing a wild guess) three hundred metres of the beach in the town where I live, to protect the swimmers from jet ski, sailing boats, etc. Every now and again I swim to one of the buoys by myself and, all the time I'm swimming, I think there's a shark right after me ready to eat one of my feet. This has happenned to me since,in my youth, I saw the Steven Spielber's film Jaws. In spite of this I've kept doing it every single summer. Maybe I like the feeling of being frightened.

  • Comment number 3.

    waw
    its a wonderful experience.
    congatulations.
    rachid

  • Comment number 4.

    Congratulations Marina! Your new experience was a success. Are you going to repeat it? I was surprised by the size of the equipment, too weight for thin people. I was frightened just by reading your post. Thanks for the information that was as excellent as the previous ones. Beatriz.

  • Comment number 5.

    Marina jumped with parachute. I'm sure it was her the first jump of a whole series.
    Francisco de Paula likes swimming among sharks... Who knows maybe they really escort him on a way to the buoy and back.
    I like riding on a motorbike. People who have experience of driving in Moscow know what I mean.

    We all "go crazy" by our own ways but what unites us is adrenaline. It's real drug but as opposed to its other forms this king of drug leaves us a chance to stay alive!

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Dear Marina!
    Well done! It seems you made it brilliantly! I'm delighted to read this your beauty blog! Honestly, we were about to worry about you, in so far as you didn't write anything next day after your the quite extremely experience: we thought you are become disenchanted with the parachute jumping and didn't want to write anything :)
    What of your month's last blog will be about today, Marina?? Or it will be just a farewell one?
    Best wishes,
    Emat

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Marina,
    You should start thinking about joining the Army or Airforce. They might consider you're experience as big credential.You are such brave and strong gal. Who encourage you to try parachute jumping? I'm sure not your mom and dad. I think it took a lot of convincing to get their approval, isn't?
    Parachute jumping is such an extreme advanture and there's a little risk involved especially if you are inexperienced. I admired you determination, you are one of a kind.

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Marina
    very excellent work
    now i am also thinking to jump

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Marina,

    Wow! Your parachute jump experience was lovely to read. Your style of explaining things is very natural. It felt like if I was there seeing everything. Anyway, well done! I think it is a great achievement because not everyone is as courageous as you. I will be dead before I jump. To be honest, I can't even think of parachute jump, let alone actually experiencing it. You should be proud of yourself.

    Take care

    Negee

  • Comment number 10.

    hi..İ get used jump parasuthe about 10 years ago.İ had fallen onto truck..i was not injured that i was so lucky...some of friends lived little accident but it wasnt important things... everyone should live this experince...

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Marina,

    It's seems so exciting and a good experience.
    But if I were you,I can't just brave as you can to tried those work.
    You are well done!

  • Comment number 12.

    you had a really great, amazing adventure. I am scary girl and I have never thought of parachute jumping. Reading your experience I wish to get that opportunity too someday. Hope you will try it again

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi guys!!!

    Thank you very much for all your comments :)

    To prabina: undoubtedly I'll do it again :)

    Best wishes to you all,

    Marina

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Dear Marina!
    Congratulations!!! to get a rare experience, not everyone parachute jump made ​​to the need to overcome their fears, I believe in the jump off the moment you really fear, but security must be a sense of accomplishment after landing full , What a blood sport
    Remember the next time to do dangerous sports safety first
    I wish you be happy and healthy

 

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