Learning to Fly

Acclaimed author Sequoia Schmidt shares her personal journey as she learns to skydive.

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 5

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 5

Pretty in Pink By Sequoia Schmidt Photo: Skydive Perris Flying does not come naturally to me. Believe it or not, flying does come naturally to a few people, I’m just not one of them. Failing level 2 of my AFF (Accelerated Free Fall Program) was an important...
Learning to Fly: Entry Log 4

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 4

Presentation is key By Sequoia Schmidt I have found that tunnel time (indoor skydive center) is the best way to train my body. This morning starts out with two minutes in the wind tunnel. My natural reaction when exiting into high winds is still to move my hips...
Learning To Fly: Entry Log 3

Learning To Fly: Entry Log 3

The Dollar Bill Method By Sequoia Schmidt “Just think of a dollar bill between your butt cheeks,” Rom tells me confidently. “Excuse me?” I say, a little embarrassed. “When you were in free fall last time, you were not steady because your...
Learning to Fly: Entry Log 2

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 2

OMG I’m going to die … By Sequoia Schmidt Class #2 of the Accelerated Free Fall program began with an examination of the steps and procedures we learned in session one. Once again to a small classroom with a table and three chairs we went and toward the...
Learning to Fly: Entry Log 1

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 1

Reflections and connections By Sequoia Schmidt Why does someone want to learn how to jump out of airplanes? What generates and motivates this desire to be one with the skies no matter what the danger? I’m not quite sure how to answer these questions since I suspect...
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