Learning to Skydive: Accelerated Freefall Course

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Last year I made it my mission to become a certified solo skydiver. I was a few months away from my 30th birthday, and was going over some goals I had set out for myself a few years back. One of the ones that was not ticked off was to learn to skydive. I decided that there was no better time than now to learn. After all if not now, when would I get the next chance? I wanted to live more fearlessly, and to do that I had to conquer not only my goals, but myself.


I woke up in a hotel about 20 minutes away from the dropzone. I got a decent sleep, and despite being a bit groggy, was eager and admittedly nervous to take the plunge. I got everything together, got a decent bland breakfast, and left around 8 am to meet my instructor.

It was a pleasant, warm California day with clear blue skies and a faint wind. The perfect weather for a student jumper. I drove past sunflower fields and hot air balloon enthusiasts flew above me. It was almost too idyllic, I thought. Was this a bad sign?


I came back the next day for my second jump, which was basically the same routine as the first one, but learning how to turn. I had learned how to turn earlier in the wind tunnels, and was very confident about this jump.

It was a fun jump, and everything went according to plan. Like jump one, I landed nicely on the field and left the dropzone more confident in myself and my abilities.

Founder and main contributor to This Adventure Life, Kirsten Alexis has passion for all things adventure and the outdoors. She is an avid participant in action sports, such as skydiving, paragliding, snowboarding, high-altitude trekking, mountain biking, surfing and more. She is passionate about inspiring others to live their wildest dreams as well as conserving the environment for others to enjoy for years to come.

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