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Once you have decided to get into BASE jumping, it is important to make your family and friends aware of your descision. This can be a hard thing to do, but it is absolutely necessary to do so, for several reasons.

  1. BASE might consume your life for at least part of your BASE career. Your family should be aware of such a big part of your life.
  2. Taking the time to explain BASE to your family will show them that:
    • You have put a lot of thought into this decision, and that you care about their feelings.
    • The true risks of BASE are not necessarily what layman think.
  3. Your family will understand that your decision to BASE jump was entirely yours and that only you can be held accountable and responsible for your actions.
  4. In the case of an incident, they will realize that nobody but yourself got you into that situation and they won’t unduly attack other members of the sport or the sport itself.

It is recommended you tell your friends and family before you actually start BASE jumping. Perhaps you can occasionally drop the word BASE in conversations while you are still skydiving, to gauge their reaction. When the time comes though, sit down for a serious conversation and touch on the following subjects.

  1. What is BASE jumping?
  2. Why am I doing it?
  3. What are the risks of BASE?
  4. How do I plan on getting into it?
  5. What’s important in case of an accident?

Make sure you spend time explaining what the risks are. Many people think the biggest problem is your parachute not opening. Explaining that this rarely happens, and that offheadings are the real enemy, can go a long way to reassuring your family.

Also explain your strategy to get into BASE. When your family and friends see that you are putting a lot of time and preparation into BASE and notice that you are approaching it in a rigorous manner, they’ll gain more confidence about your safety.

You don’t have to be overly pessimistic when talking to your family. There is no point in printing out the BASE fatality list and showing it to them. In fact, feel free to present BASE slightly more optimistic than you believe it is. As long as you are not telling blatant lies, you will be able to share your passion for BASE, the true risks, but not get them overly worried.


Submitted by admin on 2007-06-04 | Last Modified by sangiro on 2010-04-13

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 biker117
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 2008-11-19
.... .... .... .... THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS !!!!

"YOU" should entirely be held responsible for any case of damage/injury ... excluding any sort of common support.


YOU'RE CHALLENGING NOT ONLY THE LIFE OF YOUR OWN - MORE IMPORTANT - THE LIFES OF POTENTIAL RESCUE TEAMS !


HOW ABOUT ENVIRONMENTALISM ------- GETTING SHIPPED UP TO 3 TO 5 TSND METRES AND DROPPING OFF ... WHAT A WASTE !!!!

BASE ... ... no more comments




 SamstaUK
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 2009-04-20
What a PLONKER :P
 JackieHandunge
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 2009-07-11
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