Monday, May 28, 2012

Thanks, Thanks and Thanks Again.

I have my "A" licence in skydiving, but that's like saying I can ride my kiddie bike without training wheels. I have a long way to go.
I do what I can.  I read the "Skydivers Information Manuel."  I spend time at the drop zone. 
Each night I practice a arching pose I've been taught*.  The idea is to keep your knees just slightly off the floor.  It's easy to do do for a few seconds.  Five or six minutes is much harder.
Then there's  my solo jumps.
 "No more solos!" people warned.  "You'll learn more if you jump in groups."  This made sense.  I'd have to leave the plane with others if I was going to learn to control my fall rate. 
But why would someone want to jump with me?
Not that people dislike me, but I bring  very little to the jump.  I ooze "Noob" like an aura..
I'm the jumper who's still freaked about sitting by the open door.  Especially when it's "only" 1000+ feet  and everyone else wants me to scoot closer to it.** 
In  freefall  I slide all over the place. 
When I get into (beginner) group events, the coach often has big plans. 
Guess who botches these plans?
Everyone has been super nice to me, so I feel bad about being the troublemaker.   Then again, if this is what it takes to get better, I'll be making more trouble.  
So thanks, thanks and thanks again to the jumpers, coaches and organizers who have helped me so far!

*This is supposed to improve my body position in free fall.

*We have to wear seat belts for the first 1000 feet of the plane ride.  Then they come off and people spread out.  This means whomever is near the door is going to be getting closer to it. Yikes!


Pile Girl said...

I still love your bird illustrations.
And I'm impressed by the planned formations. I didn't know anyone could control their falls that way.

Leandercool said...

Hehehe, nice how you used the 'Off the training wheels' example ;) illustrations are improving too!

Keep breathing and have fun :D

Namowal said...

Thanks, Pile Girl.
Expert skydivers can control their falls quite well- check out these guys, for example. Not only can they stay together, but they can change positions instantly. I'm sure the practice/training to get to their level is very intense.

Glad you liked the "training wheels" comparison. It's so true. There's so much to learn- and I'm talking practical skills, not the fancier stuff.

Namowal said...

Damn link didn't work.
Let's try it again:
Expert Skydivers

Anonthemouse said...

I want to do this now. Good thing I signed up for AFF! June 26th will be my first jump. Can't wait. Nice illo's Jen.

~an old buddy of yours

Namowal said...


Okay, who is this?
Inquiring minds want to know. :)


Linda Davick said...

The first illo is my fave!

p.s. Namo, I thought having your "A" license was the ultimate!

p.p.s. MUST find out who Anonthemouse is. Any ideas?

Namowal said...

Glad you liked the first pic- I actually redrew it a few times to get the look I wanted.

As to Anonthemouse... ...there's a few people this might be. I hope he (or she) comes forward...

Anonthemouse said...

Sorry Jenn, but I cannot (yet?) reveal myself due to priviacy sircumstances... :)

Love, mouse

Namowal said...

You can't reveal yourself? How about a hint?