My first first skydive experience happened on 14th August 2005. That was a few days before I was headed back to Pakistan from USA after college. It had been my dream to skydive since before I even went to college! It was just too expensive to do while being a college student. Finally, I had a chance to do it. I was living in Minneapolis at the time and the nearest drop zone was 40 minutes away!
Little did I know, this would only be the beginning of a great love affair with skydiving! Unfortunately, I had to leave for Pakistan in a few days and since there were no drop zones here, I had to wait for my next trip to USA to go skydiving.
Lady luck smiled upon me once more in the summer of 2009. I was going to be staying with my fraternity brother in Minneapolis and I had made a plan of spending most of my time at Skydive Twin Cities to get my license to skydive independently. No matter how many tries it took or how much it cost! Well, it wasn’t that easy! I kept going there for a week and spending a small fortune on my retries.
It was really difficult to keep my balance and stability while free falling from 15000 feet at 120 mph! They wanted me to turn, twist, go forward, go back etc etc. At the end of the week, I had managed to get to Category D1. There are 7 levels to pass before you can fly solo. These are Categories A, B, C, D1, D2, E1 and E2. So I was still halfway there.
I had to finally call it quits and head back home! Now, since I will be heading back to Minneapolis in a couple of months, needless to say where I’ll be spending most of my weekends! :)
Eventually, I would like to be experienced in skydiving and have 500 jumps under my belt so I can progress to training for wing suit flying. More on that later! :)