Ready, set, go!
The dreaded dive (okay, it was more like a cartwheel-dive hybrid) was easy! I didn't even flop around. In retrospect, I thought "Well of course it was easy! When you're in freefall your whole body is outside. Who cares what part goes out first!?"
As for the dive tasks, here's how I graded myself.
- Front Loop: A-
- Barrel Roll: B- (crude and awkward. Yahtzee Dice Roll is more like it)
- 360 degree turns: C (I rushed these, body position could be better)
- Docking onto instructor: A- (nobody got hurt)
- Turn and Track: C- (It was close to pull altitude so I cut it short. Better to pull on time than to track neatly into the ground.)
- Canopy Landing B- (Who flared too high? Tsk. Tsk.)
Me? Solo? I thought. I couldn't do that. I'd mess it up. I'm not the kind of person who can...
Then I remembered those "I couldn't do that" thoughts aren't necessarily true...
I didn't tape my dive, but a tandem student sitting next to me had her jump recorded, and you can see me leave the plane (blue suit, with the yellow helmet). I'm only there for a few seconds, then the action returns to the tandem student.
(To see what happened when I tried my first solo, click here)