Like everyone I have a bucket list, a list of things that I want to do one day whilst I can, for me skydiving was one of those items. I mean logically it just seems stupid doesn’t it, first of all why would you want to go up in a tiny plane that has in this case perspex for a door let alone jump out of that plane.
That being said I did just that I went up in that tiny plane, I was strapped in front of this guy I had just met who was a real fidgiter the whole 20ish minute ride up to our jump height 9000 feet he was constantly playing with the harness tightening, adjusting, re tightening, re adjusting and so on and so. I was lucky enough to being going through this with a mate AJ, he was jumping as well he had a completely different type of guy strapped to him all smiles barely adjusting the harness seemed completely relaxed. I wasn’t sure what to think did I have the safety conscious guy and that was a good thing or was my tandem master the guy who controls my fate super nervous.
I was nervous I’m not going to lie, but at the same time I was super excited as we reached height Justin my tandem master handed me some goggles I put them on, and once again he tightened the re tightened until it felt like my eyes were bulging. Justin tries to slide the clear plastic door out of the way but it get stuck and we miss our jump window, we circle around again AJ and his tandem master jump out. Justin and I waddle towards the door my legs are hanging out the excitement is massive right now, wow its a long way down though we start the rocking motion back and forth to jump
Were out were spinning around I’m holding onto my harness as instructed waiting for the tap on the shoulder to throw my arms out, and it comes my arms go out I’m looking around this is amazing what a rush right at that point I am literally just falling through the sky. Then the shoots pulled a small jolt and we are floating the googles come off and its just time to enjoy a casual float around the sky for a few minutes throughout the rest of the way down. Most of the rest of the way down was just like a lazy Sunday stroll all except when Justin tells you he is going to loosen the straps a little ready for landing as they loosened for just a split second it feels like you are coming loose and dropping heart sinks then you instantly realise you only dropped about a centimeter and its back to floating around taking in the view.
As we come into land I pull legs up to slide in onto my arse for a smooth landing, what a feeling that was was a rush you get as you jump out of that plane. One of the ground staff walks up asked about the experience and lets me know we reached 200kph whilst in free fall that’s fast, but I was still a little disappointed though when I found out AJ hit 210kph during his free fall.
As we are waiting for our video packages to be completed a call goes out over the loud speaker advising there is a spare spot on the plane about to take if any jumpers are interested and i was so close to going again it was exhilarating. I will do it again one day but not that day next time I am thinking 15,000 feet longer freefall and hopefully faster but we will see.
If you are interested check out Adelaide Tandem Skydiving I highly recommend them the experience was great the team out there were awesome really good and just made the whole time your there incredibly easy and stress free and if your a lolly eater on landing you get a lolly pop and even though its just a lolly pop your mouth is so dry from being open in amazement the whole way down it taste incredible.
Is this something you would do or have done, It would be great to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below