It usually takes about 45 minutes before a rookie will actually jump. The first few times are the most challenging. Our children’s friends had no idea what they were getting into when they came to visit. They look, watch others jump, and figure out how to get out of the water in the fastest possible way. It is one of the best examples of peer pressure I have ever observed. Often the first jump is from the slip – a ramp used by passengers to disembark from the ferry when the tide is low. It is often the first jump for the uninitiated. The drop to the water from the slip can be 0 to 4 feet but the water temperature is still frigid, and the swim to the ladder or float takes a few minutes.
I think the jump prepares one to take calculated risks later in life. To overcome the fear one will observe, assess the situation, figure out a strategy, and make the decision to take action. The thrill of the ride accompanies the sense of accomplishment.