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Irrational Skydiving Fears

So Kolla walks into the office from taking her dog out to tell me that she has an irrational fear of getting taken out by a no-pull.

I didn’t get it either. To explain, she’s afraid a skydiver will fall on her while she’s on the ground minding her own business.

Like the title says, irrational.

Mine is that I’ll have rigged every single piece of my equipment wrong and I am a walking fatality before I’ve even gotten on the plane. Mine comes from reading a fatality report when I was just starting of a girl who’d basically done just that – only I didn’t have enough gear knowledge to understand just how monumentally obvious her rigging errors were, and how easy they would be to prevent.

So, what’s your irrational fear in skydiving?

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9 Comments

  • Mine crops up every time I’m driving home from the dropzone. It is that I’ll have a tragic accident some time between then and my next planned trip to the DZ and won’t ever be able to jump again.

  • That I’ll meet a woman so unbelievably amazing, just as close to perfect as possible… all except one thing. She forbids me from ever skydiving again!!
    Eh, who am I shittin? I’d tell her to go jump off a bridge.

  • It’s that the beer fridge is empty and the liquor store is closed. DAMMIT!! That’s every Sunday in Minnesota!

    Irrational? I just have a vision of a double total mal and when I realize I’m going in I look over at the camera ,that isn’t really there, with an “Oh shit!” look on my face, kind of like a sitcom.

  • mine is similar to Kolla’s, seeing as i live on the airport i am always a little aware that at any time a skydiver can come screaming through my windshield/ bedroom/ garden…. as irrational as all of it sounds i was walking my dogs once when a cut away landed about 5 feet in front of me. I am also really afraid someone is going to vomit on me from above if i am anywhere near the peas when tandems are landing.

  • everytime i leave work for the weekend and say “see you Monday” to my co-workers in my head, I’m thinking to myself “If I make it until then.”

  • I was told a story about someone getting their back stomped on in a freefly exit fuckup, the instant edema from which caused a temporary paralysis that disabled the stomped-on person from moving a muscle for the entire skydive…waiting until AAD altitude to find out whether or not he’d remembered to turn it on. So I doublecheck my AAD, like, six times a day.

  • I have a weird fear of having a sudden, unexplainable mal under my decision altitude. Like I’ll do a turn and wind up spinning up or wrapped in my canopy. So I fly über conservatively under 2,000ft!

What do you think?

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