This morning I was fortunate enough to step out onto the wheel of a small airplane and jump off 7 seconds later! Since it was my first time I decided to go tandem, so I can't take credit for doing much of the hard work. For anyone considering doing something like skydiving I HIGHLY recommend doing it. I was with 7 family members celebrating a bachelor day for my cousin's upcoming wedding. The funniest part is that the bachelor wasnt informed about our adventure until he got to the drop zone!!! I was the first one to jump, and was very surprised at the lack of nervousness I had. In fact, I think I was more nervous last week when I was taking my last final of the semester. Most everyone else that I went with agreed that nerves never were a big factor because once you commit to get into the plane the only thing you have time to think about is doing EXACTLY what the instructor tells you to do. Next thing you know you are standing outside of a plane about to take the plunge. Our dive was from 11000 feet, with the parachute opening at 4000 feet. That gave us 40 seconds of freefall; which in retrospect only felt like 15 seconds. All of a sudden the chute opens(not a violantly as i expected) and you float like a feather back to the ground. I now would like to be able to learn how to jump without an instructor. Like I said, if you ever have a chance to do this do not turn it down. Anyone else try this or have any thoughts?