After 12 years, I was finally able to cross off something from my bucket list. It started shortly before my 18th birthday. I wanted to do something grand to celebrate, but I wasn’t able to find anyone to jump out of a plane with me. Go figure? However today, I was finally able to skydive and with great company. A friend of mine wanted to know what it was like to skydive, for the first time, so I thought I would share my experience with you all as well.
First, you must keep your mind on safety-first and put your harness on. As you observe your instructor securing you into your harness you feel some strands dangling and all that you can do is hope that they don’t need to connect to anything or that you don’t accidentally pull something out. Then, your instructor informs you of what’s going to happen or how you should position yourself. You walk outside and you see the plane starting up. You all get in, in a particular order, they shut the door, and then the plane quickly leaves the runway.
THIS IS GETTING REAL.
You notice that all of the pros are looking at their altimeters to check for the current altitude. You gain height quickly. The red light on the wall turns yellow, as the plane approaches 10,000 feet, and then you can hear and feel the engines stop, and the door quickly slides open. All of a sudden, the light is green, and guess what? The video guys go first, and then…it’s YOUR TURN. You get maneuvered by the instructor, whom you are literally connected to. Since he prefers to jump from the side, you jump with him that way. There is NO time to stop and think twice about what you are doing because once he goes, YOU GO. At that moment, your brain has to register what is happening, but you’re also falling and falling FAST, and there is so much to do during the 30-second fall period. Also, it’s important to note that the pressure in your head and ears change (which hurt me so much), and meanwhile, you’re supposed to be smiling for the two cameras that are pointed right at you, while also enjoying the ride.
TAKE A SECOND TO RELAX…RIGHT!
Then the parachute gets launched and the instructor loosens up your harness. You finally get to relax and unplug your ears. At this time, you enjoy the sights from 2000+ feet in the air. The instructor allows you to pull and maneuver the parachute, which then spins you left or right. As you near the bottom, it’s incredible how much control you have, but you have to understand physics and understand the wind. As you near the ground, you put your feet and legs up and hands and arms on your chest, basically getting out of the way of the landing (this was my experience, but each instructor is different and it greatly is affected by your height difference to that of your instructor). ThanQ, John, for breaking my fall ;). You get up, your brain adjusts slowly to being on the ground, and if you loved it, you’re ready for round TWO! Who’s with me?! 😉