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A good friend gave me the best birthday gift I have ever received this year On February 18th He and I jumped out of an airplane at 11000 feet WE WENT SKY-DIVING It was the peak experience of my life Here is how it happens You pay 220 for a full day of training The training consists of being shown all the parachute gear and how it operates Next you are suspended from a parachute harness to learn how to pull levers which control the direction and braking of the parachute as you fall and what to do if the main chute fails to open Then you get into a skeleton airplane a cockpit with no wings or engine with two guides who go through the routine of getting out onto the wing strut and jumping Then you are suspended from another harness that hangs you parallel to the ground while you practice looking at your altimeter and pulling your rip-cord You practice these things until they become second-nature There are a large number of safety features to significantly reduce the chance of death or injury you still have to sign a waiver though that says in eight different ways that they have no insurance and that I agree to assume all risks for engaging in an activity that can result in serious injury or death For example on your first few jumps two trainers hold onto you during your freefall to make sure you remember what to do while you are falling Also the field you land in is HUGE so there are few trees roads or power lines to fall into A guide speaks to you with a radio transmitter on the ground to direct you to where to land In addition your back-up parachute is nearly fail-safe If something goes wrong with the main chute there are two or three ways to release the expert-packed back-up Even if you are knocked
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