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Uploaded on Jun 14, 2008
Ray's first skydive.
See also my "slide show" video of the same skydive.
Teaching technique is "Accelerated Freefall" (AFF) in which two instructors hold on to either side of you until you deploy your chute, and you control your own descent under canopy. (Different from tandem jumping in which you're affixed to an instructor all the way to the ground.)
To remain stably positioned facing the earth in freefall, you arch your back and thrust your pelvis forward. That's what makes my belly look round in some shots. It's really much flatter in real life. ;-]