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Skydiving before I-Day....

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by usafacademy4, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. usafacademy4

    usafacademy4 5-Year Member

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    I know this comes down to a personal choice, but is it a good idea to go skydiving before I-Day? I know there is alot of risk in it, but the risk is very small. Any ideas/suggestions??
     
  2. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013 5-Year Member

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    Go for it.
     
  3. batmom

    batmom 5-Year Member

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    I would not go!

    When you realize that this is the smallest incoming class in the last 50 years, why would you undertake any NEW sport that could cause you to be injured and thus lose your appointment.
    I would wait and do skydiving at the academy next summer.
    Then, if you did get injured, you wouldn't lose your appointment.
    There are only two weeks until "I-Day". I would not do anything out of the ordinary workouts.
    That is my opinion.
    Thanks, batmom
     
  4. AFAYahoo

    AFAYahoo 5-Year Member

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    I agree with batmom. There are already so many "simple" things (twist an ankle playing basketball, trip over the dog in the middle of the night) that possibly could lead to an injury you couldn't recover from before I Day, why add to the risk by doing something like sky diving? If you can't come in physically healthy on I Day, you'll be turned away and have to reapply next year. If you make it to I Day, take the oath, and get injured during BCT, there is a certain number of days you can miss (maybe 7? not sure) before getting turned back. A lot depends on when it happens during BCT (beginning vs. the end) and whether you can participate to some degree. Once you've taken the oath, if you get turned back, you will have a spot waiting for you (and won't have to reapply) the next year if you can physically rehab and be cleared medically.

    My son had a dislocated shoulder a YEAR before BCT, rehabbed and was probably stronger than before, got DQ'd anyway, but received a waiver. He was told in the waiver letter that he would be evaluated at the start of In-Processing and might be sent home if they felt his shoulder wasn't strong enough (luckily he passed the eval with flying colors). But they are serious about basics coming in healthy and able to participate 100%!

    Is it really worth the risk? You're so close now!

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  5. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    Just how good is your PLF?

    Unless you have been doing it for a while, I would probably hold off.
     
  6. Christcorp

    Christcorp 5-Year Member

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    I think u need to realize that a sprained ankle, broken finger, pulled muscle, etc. On inprocessing day is enough to semd u home. If u want to sky dive, do it at the academy.
     
  7. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Let's see...

    500+ plus jumps...

    a. Wrenched knee x ??? (a BUNCH)
    b. Late opening...messed up back upon impact...couple months of PT
    c. More twists, sprains, etc...

    Okay, I was a "stupid" skydiver, did things not too brilliant at times...

    But my first wrenched knee was on my first jump.

    Wait until USAFA is paying you to jump...my opinion.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
    (former Serious Sky Nut)
     
  8. AFLEADMOM

    AFLEADMOM 5-Year Member

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    I agree with everyone else. Don't risk it!

    I went with my DS, almost 2 years ago. It's very safe, and a huge high.

    BUT, the amount of forms you have to sign, releasing them from any liability...
    The videos of lawyers, you have to watch, warning you about the risks that you are taking...
    You are told the most common injury is a broken ankle, from putting your feet down wrong on landing...

    With the chance you have been given, there is no way I would say go for the risk now. You have plenty of time!
     

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