Blog will be updated with missing jumps, costs, equipment etc, and this post edited to remove this line once done, but…….
FS1 BABY!!!! YEAHHHH!!!
Finally, and, completely unplanned :). After a whole day jumping, 2 other people had attempted their FS1 jump, with one passing (congrats sophie 🙂 ) so, i was talked (bullied) into finding people who would do the FS1 jump with me, so, theres kris, the FS coach, mikey the FF coach, and lewis, whos a bit of a ninja. Now, the only issue i had with this, is, im as tight as a ducks arse, and this is a £100 jump, so, if it goes horribly wrong, ive blown £100 on one jump, and still got no FS1 sticker, and even though jump 173 was an awesome confidence boost, the last jump has me feeling not so sure.
We dirt dive the jump, first all explained stood up, im shown the positions, and told their names, bow (i think of a bow and arrow), star (i know this is ‘holding hands’), phalanx (im not even going there for what i thought), satellite (i thought of a satellite dish), and that they also have letters, for each position. We then go outside, and lay on small trollys, so we are able to wheel around the floor, on our bellys, and link up, and go through the positions. Im trying to find a way to remember all of this new information, in a way that ill be able to recall it, perfectly, screaming towards the ground at 120mph, without killing anyone.
Then i find out that its all being filmed, people are going to be able to re-watch me blow £100 in 60 seconds while flapping around the sky, oh god, what have i agreed to.
We get all of our gear on, and make our way to the mock up of the planes door, getting 4 guys through a door thats 3 feet wide, and 4 feet high, all at the same time, takes practise. We go through the combinations of moves again, and this time ive got my ‘remember this $h!t at all costs’ head on, and, it clicks. The entire combination of moved is remembered using only 3 words, after exit. Exit, star, right, kris, right, star, right, kris, right, star, right, etc, etc, if its not a right turn, then its a left turn, to the position ive named it. Now, i know all of the moves, I just need to do them, in the air, being filmed
Time to get on the plane, and im only thinking one thing, star, right, kris, right, star, right, kris, right, star, right, all the way to altitude, im only thinking one thing, star, right, kris, right, star, right, kris, right, star, right,
Red light goes on, door opens, im only thinking one thing, star, right, kris, right, star, right, kris, right, star, right,, green light goes on, i get into my exit position, we are all squeezed in the door, ready, 3, 2, 1 and we are all out, the exit has flown and we are stable, now, im only thinking one thing, star, right, kris, right, star, right, kris, right, star, right,
To be honest, it went so well, that im shocked, im wearing my new weight belt, nearly loaded to its maximum capacity, and, here i am, actually DOING FORMATION SKYDIVING!!!!!!!! im turning, im grabbing where i should be, theres a few wobbles, but, its actually working, im making my way through my star, right, kris, right, star, right, kris, right, star, right, combinations, and its actually working, this is fookin awesome!!!!! :), but, at around 5500 feet, im suddenly moving downwards, and backwards, oh crap, what have i done, im grabbed at the last second for a final grip, before we all turn away from each other, and track like hell to get some seperation to deploy our canopies.
I level out, and deploy at a little over 3000 feet, before doing some hard turns to get myself down as fast as possible, and land next to kris, the FS coach, to be informed that if now got my FS1 sticker, YAYYYYY!!!!!
Logbook entry from Kris reads as follows
HMQO – Good exit
Stable flight throughout. One cheeky grip-switch, but solid flying elsewhere.
Note – fly to break0off alt! 8th point on the last second but all good.
Recommend award FS1