Like most people, I have always wondered what it would be like to fly. Well of recent, I got to fly for the first time, and it wasn’t by riding in an aeroplane. It was by jumping out of one. Very Scary Right?
Skydiving has always been of interest to me; I have always wanted to try skydiving as an instinctive desire to fly. It is one of those adventures that I consider a lifetime experience that I had to give a shot even if it was once in my lifetime.
I have always wanted to do it but never thought that it would be soon (Laughs). Mission Beach, Australia was my number one choice for this lifetime adventure. I have always wanted the beach landing, so I felt Skydiving with an incredible beach view will be a fantastic experience.
For months, I started making plans and saving for the D-Day. I even told my friends and families to direct my Christmas and birthday gifts towards contributing to my skydiving adventure.
Well, I told myself, if I had to go for this exhilarating jump, it had to be documented and I decided to give all it takes to make it worthwhile.
It costs around $500 AUD to do a 14,000ft jump along with a go pro video to record it. This is because they do not allow divers to bring their recording video. The price was steep but as if the universe conspired to make it happen, by some draw of luck, I had won a major raffle price from the Greyhound bus which amounted to $500AUD. Sheer luck you will say? I consider it a divine blessing. I said to myself, “Karla, you are meant to do this, so go for it, girl.”
Unfortunately, a day before the said schedule, I received an email, informing me of the cancellation of my trip due to bad weather. But because I have always wanted a bright and sunny sky for my first time diving experience, the cancellation did not bother me.
I usually pack my trip from one city to another but this again just confirmed I was meant to do this skydiving because we had several days extra in Cairns. This was the last stop of my companions. We had a mini reunion with friends whom I met while travelling in Europe, one from America, One from South Africa and One from Australia. After one whole month, Cairns was going to be our last stop before we parted ways.
Finally, we rescheduled our tour and amazingly, we got the best day ever. Clear blue skies and it was a very pleasant day all together.
We started our trip by being woken up extra early and driving. To get ourselves warm-up for the coming activity, my friend and I started drawing on each other’s hand. Yeah quite childish but it did helped ease some tension and anxiety.
The tour included lunch but because I was concerned that I could throw-up while skydiving, I decided not to eat until after the entire event.
Honestly, Skydiving was the greatest experience I ever had. My tandem master even asked me if I wanted to go first and eagerly, I said yes. I was so excited. My tandem master was great from the start till the end. Right from the moment, the plane took off; he was reassuring me and watching my back. If I’m honest, there was an occasion on the plane when I got slightly nervous. Well, that’s natural feeling right? 14,000ft jump is not so funny for a first timer.
But anyway, the tandem jump turned out to be very exciting. The duration of the entire jump from the moment we got out of the plane lasted about eight to ten minutes’. It’s such an incredible feeling, the closest you can get to flying!
From high above in the sky, I could behold the beautiful sight of the beautiful beaches and greens, and seemingly endless sphere view of the blue sky. The wind blowing my hair and loudly oozing into my ears was a breath-taking feeling I will never forget in a short while.
My much-loved part was that after the free fall, when the tandem master pulls the Shute, and it’s just paragliding and taking in the view.
Wow, I loved my skydiving experience. If I am asked to choose between Bungy and Sky Diving, after my first experience in Mission Beach, Australia! I am certainly going to choose skydiving over and over again. Skydiving is surely one of the things I would have regretted not doing; not because I overcame some fear, but purely because, for those few minutes, I was able to fulfil my yearning and desire to FLY!
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All in all, I had a great, Incredible free-fall moment. It is an experience that I hope to undertake many, many more times and shall never forget. It’s something everybody should try and do once in their lifetime. I assure you that you will not regret it!
For those considering undergoing this amazing experience, I will love to give you some tips on what to expect while you are skydiving:
- You’re instructor will be your lifeline, know that he is an expert in this field and have done this 1000 times before so listen to him.
- At 8000 feet, your instructor will start the necessary preparations like giving you the pep talk and attaching himself to your harness. At this point, my instructor kept showing me his altitude watch just to prepare me that we are nearly there.
- I was the first one, so for quite some time, I was hanging out with my hands crossed over my chest until we got to the drop zone. My instructor stepped out of the plane and that was 40-60 seconds of free fall.
- At a certain point, your instructor will pull the chute, this is when you can enjoy the view. Mine even taught me to how to maneuver the chute left and right. You will be given some time to enjoy the ride.
- When you are nearing the ground, your instructor will tell you to pull your knees up to your chest and that’s all you have to do. Next thing you know, you’ve landed on the ground and your instructor helps you to get up.
So what are you waiting for! Go on and book one of the most amazing experiences of your lifetime! HAPPY JUMPING!