Hurrah I did it! :D PHEW!!!
There was always that paranoid voice in the back of my head either saying, ‘what if you’re too chicken?’ or ‘what if the parachute malfunctions and you … DIE!!!’ (a few dark nights lately ;))
BUT surprisingly I was quite relaxed and confident about it when the time came! (At least more than I thought I would be.)
totally *game* ;)
I avoided coffee in the morning, (decided any kind of laxative would be a bad idea), had a few spoonfuls of good ol’ oats. (a good way to start the day) and made my way to Sky-dive Dubai.
Upon arrival the first thing I had to do was ‘sign my life away’ as the instructor told me. and that did basically consist of signing my name about 20 times on a few sheets of paper to promise that I accept responsibility that I might die (nice.)
Anyway, soon loosened up as we all joked around about what we leave in each other wills in such an instance.
I felt reassured by my pro-sky diver taking me on the tandem jump, as he’s done over 4000 jumps in the last 10 years. That is more than 1 jump a day for the last decade. Great record. So, if he was to mess up now, that would be VERY unfortunate.
Here I am doing the calculations, 4000 jumps.. 10 years... not bad... I think I can trust you..
"Don't worry, if the parachute doesn't work, it will be a quick and painless death" (*he didn't really say that but thats what I was hearing)
So off we went up in a tiny plane, to the inhuman height of 13, 000ft. The plane only fit about 10 of us in the back… I felt like we were off to war or something!
There's not much turning back now..
But I must admit, I love being high up and the world looks so beautiful from up in the sky..
Lets do this!!
So I was excited! We were right above the impressively mad made Palm Jumeirah island.. about to take the plunge off this plane! NUTS!!!
Then there was the big test- the jump off the plane…
"just lift your legs back..."
Actually for tandem its kinda easy, you put your legs back and let him do the jumping..
THIS IS IT!!
and now…what I cannot describe is the sudden feeling as you launch into the air and start to fall very fast with loads of air around you (the air is LOUD!) thats the crazy scary and fun part!!
This part sounds like "aaaaaagggghhhhh!!!!!"
Look at my face really close, at this stage of the jump, you look exactly as you feel at that moment!
One whole minute of freefall with no parachute!
... and then you're flying! :)
"this is totally awesome! ;)"
Its really hard to pose well when you're falling 120 mph through the air
I manage a kiss/ sniff thing though ;)
Right above the palm.... crazy crazy view
The parachute goes up!
Just hangin out ;)
Ah, that great smile of relief!
dude you rock, thank-you for not ending my life early ;)
another one off the bucket list! =0
Thanks to Sky Dive Dubai for a truly memorable experience!! :D
And, as mentioned before, this was all for a good cause too.
I’ve been asking for contributions towards an amazing project in the Philippines called “Rise above”, in aid of helping them to build a new school for kids.
All details here: http://riseabovecebu.wordpress.com/category/request-for-donations/
Peace and sunshine! =D
..I think I’ll do the ironing and watch some DVD’s tonight. nothings really gonna top that today