I arrived early, didn't even get to watch the safety video because they started without me and I arrived at the end of it. So far, not a big complaint, they did say that the instructors would tell me more.
Once I learned that you are not allowed to bring your own cameras including GoPros strapped to you, I felt somewhat forced into buying their DVD and photos. I wanted to remember the time so I figured what the hell, I didn't fly all the way to Hawaii to not bring back souvenirs. This is where my disappointment begins. The camera man seemed hardly interested in video taping anything while I watched all the other couples get a fun and energetic cameraman. My instructor treated me as if I was going to kill us and definitely didn't give me the feeling of a good time. He was late to the plane so we were the last in and first out.
Once we got up there it was pretty amazing! The views, the adrenaline, all of it was unforgettable! The camera guy flies up next to us and he did his thing. Are parachute deploys and we coast down. My instructor had to do those spinning things which almost made me sick. He said there were a lot of other parachutes below us that we had to get away from to avoid something bad happening.
Once we land my cameraman is no wear to be found. My instructor did not land where he was supposed to and the cameraman didn't even try to run to us to get video. Whatever, it was a blast right.
Well I sit and wait for the video to display and I watch mine when it finaly comes on. The video was terrible. A bunch of stock shots that every other video had and he missed my landing. So I sucked it up and purchased the video and photos which amounted to an extra $190. I'm a photographer/filmmaker and that crap I paid $190 for is pathetic. Just about all the photos are out of focus and the video has some crappy copyrighted music overlayed on it. How they get away with selling copyrighted music gets me.
After this the instructor basically asks me to tip him and the camera man. I gave the instructor a $10 tip just for keeping me safe but refused to tip the cameraman. It's one thing to be safe but to be overally cautionus and make the customer feel nervous that they may do something wrong is not good. If it were any other person, they might have not been as daring and freaked out from what he was saying.
It was a blast, the most unforgettable experience I think I will ever have. I survived and even though the video and photos are terrible, I am happy to have something to remember it by. They need to have another option that maybe lets you just choose one photo or lower their prices. I know, a cookie cutter video like that is easy to make and doesn't really cost them that much, its pretty much a scam because they know you'll have to buy it. Other than that, it was amazing and I suggest everyone does it at least once. Once I left the plane, my fears disappeared, you just have to get yourself to that point. Once you do, all it feels like is a ton of wind blowing at your face. Oh, and watch the parachute pull, it hurts where you're strapped in.
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