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So I'm sitting with my 14 year old son at the drag boat races at Elsinore. We are watching the sky divers at Perris between the runs.

Suddenly my son says "I want to jump out of a plane!" I asked if he was serious and he said yes. Has not quit talking about it since the races.

Looks like its going to happen later this month. How does the tandem deal work? Does he still get the same thrill?

Perris here we come!
 

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About 13yrs ago, I jumped out of a plane . Jim Wallace Sky Diving at the south end of Lake Elsinore. The 1st time was tandem. After that I took some more classes so i could jump solo. Tandem is still a Rush !!!!! Have a great time !!
Yes- Jim Wallace Skydiving is a good operation.

Have fun, and don't look down until you're already out of the plane...lol.
 

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So I'm sitting with my 14 year old son at the drag boat races at Elsinore. We are watching the sky divers at Perris between the runs.

Suddenly my son says "I want to jump out of a plane!" I asked if he was serious and he said yes. Has not quit talking about it since the races.

Looks like its going to happen later this month. How does the tandem deal work? Does he still get the same thrill?

Perris here we come!

I got certified and have jumped a bunch of times out at Perris. I am surprised that they will let a 14 year old jump, but if they will, great! In my opinion, you are more likely to die in a car accident on the way to the drop zone than jumping from a plane. :) It is surprisingly safe!

For a first skydive, the tandem is the way to go. It will give him the same feeling as jumping by yourself. He can take in the experience without over concentrating of your rate of decent, pull altitude, emergency procedures, etc... He can just have fun!

Personally, I would not spend the $ on the videos. They are expensive and not worth it.
 

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I got certified and have jumped a bunch of times out at Perris. I am surprised that they will let a 14 year old jump, but if they will, great! In my opinion, you are more likely to die in a car accident on the way to the drop zone than jumping from a plane. :) It is surprisingly safe!

For a first skydive, the tandem is the way to go. It will give him the same feeling as jumping by yourself. He can take in the experience without over concentrating of your rate of decent, pull altitude, emergency procedures, etc... He can just have fun!

Personally, I would not spend the $ on the videos. They are expensive and not worth it.
You have to be 18 to jump. Bummer. Guess its a hot air ballon ride for the birthday boy.:mad:
 

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The bad part about this thread is, you'll only get good experiences from people.

The people that had the bad experience with it aren't around to tell the story. ;)

JK looks like a lo of fun, on my "to do" list fo sho.
 

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I did a tandem for my 18th birthday and it was awesome. My brother was on the jump with me and now he has well over 1000 and I don't think he's ever even had a main malfunction. As it was said, jumping from the plane is safer than driving the car to the dropzone. Wish him the best of luck and if it's something he wants to get serious about, make sure you/he pays for the very best training.
 

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both of you should do it ive jumped recreationaly and in the military. (USMC gold winger) it is a blast. ive done HALO's (high altitude low opening) and regular jumps HALO's are dangerous but bad azz. esp into the water. recreational jumping is some of the safest stuff out there and the guys in perris or pure professionals. been there a few times myself. they also have an indoor wind machine you can practice manuvers in. not sure about today but 15 years a go they offed a 10 or 12 jump master package. first two or three were tandem then progressivly got more intense all the way to a cat and mouse arial chase be for finishing programm. then you were certified to go solo when ever and where ever you wished. by the time you were done it was about a grand. good times for sure your kid is gonna love it
 

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First time I was ever in a plane I jumped out of it. True story.
Great experience.
Wanted to go back and do it again every weekend, but I was 18, and didn't have that kind of cash flow at the time.
Hell of a rush.
I would love to do it again, but now, 20 yrs later, I don't think I have the stones to do it again, plus, I have a wife I love and and a Daughter to take care of.
 

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I used to for years but not anymore. I know Jim Wallace well, he and I have many jumps together, excellent man to learn from. I was a speed star and large round star freak and when they went to formations and quit speed star competition I lost intrest. Best day was 4 20 man rounds in a row at Perris with Capt. hooks team going out base. Those were some good times. D4021 SCS 422. Highest jump was 30K over Elsinore. Was in the night 21 man round over Perris photographed by Mike Jenkins.
 

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I am half way through getting my license. I have NEVER jumped tandem before due to the fact that i wouldnt get the same rush. My first time I jumped solo, however there were two people that jumped with me to help me stabilze and ensure that I did the proper checks (elevation, land, horrizon, right, left, and another elevation check). They also ensure that you pull the chute at the correct elevation. There is also an auto pull device on the chutes that learners have to wear. I believe it deploys the chute automatically at 2500' .

I have 9 jumps, and all were at Elsinore. They wont let him ump alone about 10 mph winds, so the opperation is pretty safe.
 

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There is also an auto pull device on the chutes that learners have to wear. I believe it deploys the chute automatically at 2500' .
I am pretty sure that most cypresses are set to open the chute around 1500'. I know that is where mine activates. At 2500 you still have time to deploy, perform a canopy controll check, make your decision if it is OK, or pull your reserve. I routinely pull at 3,000.
 
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