ABC40’s Brittany Decker Skydives in Orange
(WGGB) — Imagine flying above the clouds, nearing the oxygen threshold at nearly 14,000 feet… and then diving to the ground.
ABC40’s Brittany Decker went to Jumptown in Orange to do just that.
It begins, of course, with signing a waiver for the potentially dangerous stunt. “The risk of serious injury or death is real and should not be overlooked or underestimated,” the disclaimer reads.
Fortunately, Brittany had experienced jumper Leona Spooner, 72, by her side. For her, this jump was a stroll in the park.
“We usually come every weekend,” Spooner said. “Last year we were here both Saturday and Sunday every weekend”
She’s been diving for three years and she says before her first jump, she didn’t even know something like this existed.
“Theres a freedom and a joy theres no way to explain it you have to do it to explain it,” Spooner said.
Spooner has made more than 100 jumps. But instructor Brad Doherty has logged more than 12,000. As a first timer, Brittany was glad to team up with him for her tandem dive.
He went into detail explaining all of the equipment and the correct form during the jump. “Cross your arms, arch you back to lower your center of gravity.”
Then, it was time to get suited up. “You’re going to fall out of that doorway once we’re 2.5 miles up in the sky,” Doherty said.
The plane rises 4,000 feet into the sky and they’re not even halfway there.
Finally, at 13,500 feet, the door opens and everyone rushes out. Since there was no time to think, Brittany made the leap.
Dropping at 120 m.p.h. for 45 to 50 seconds, Brittany took a chance to smile for the camera.
“We’re at about 15-hundred feet right now,” Brittany said mid-jump, “this isjust incredible.”
Finally, Brittany hits the ground safely. A successful jump.
While Brittany likely won’t be an extreme sport regular, it was an exhilarating thrill that can’t be explained unless you take the jump yourself.
For more information on how you can take the dive, just visit jumptown.com.