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Published: October 4, 2018
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A group exits ahead of me.
As I took this, I was counting to give them at least eight seconds before I left. That would allow a safe separation between groups.
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1/800 second
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Date Taken
Sep 1, 2018, 11:43:51 AM
Aperture 3.6
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Talk about diving head firsts LOL
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The dive out exit is one of the simplest, most straightforward of ways to leave an aircraft.

For some reason, most novices develop some trepidation to it. That included your's truly! 

From the first time I exited like this, with no one holding on to me(and tumbled like an idiot), I learned to dread it.

I loved rear/center float, and in the door, but retained a phobia of diveouts.
about jump 42, when I realized my door fear was gone, I learned to thrive on, and enjoy doing this exit! 

I now will do this exit, and sometimes turn 180, and film the aircraft, while still on the hill. 

Now it is simply "Ready-Set-GO" dive. Tuck feet against butt, and stick arms out! Perfect control, and lots of fun.

If I need to close up to the other jumpers, I can stick my feet out as much as needed to fly toward them.

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Amazing.. very cool..
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Notice the degree of "Feet Out/In" and arm positions.

The guy in red, has his feet out, trying to close the base of the formation..His arms show he is making a turn.

The base(black/white purple, and black with blue grips) are somewhere between Blue grips still has his feet in to somewhat level off as he leaves the hill. 

Above the base, black with purple grips, is really diving after them. Feet out straight, and arms pulled in.

This sounds complicated, but by 30  jumps, you simply take no more thought than you do walking! 

That isn't to say there isn't a lifetime of mastering the fine points of flying one's body, but it isn't something hard to do.
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Yes it a ballet of divers
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You haven't lived until you have danced among the clouds.
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I live with my head in the clouds does that count *LOL*
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