So the sign up sheet has come around the bus and it's time to sign up for activities. You know what you want to do but you are so nervous you can barely put the pen to paper to fill your name out!
"Abel Tasman Skydive 16,500ft" the title is literally bouncing off the paper edging you to sign up. It is still a couple of days away and you know you REALLY want to do it (and lets be honest, if not now, then when!?) so you quickly write your name down, you see there is a couple of other names there already so at least if you don't make it out alive you won't be going at it alone. (heavily breathing from panic) You pass the sheet back and instantly try not to think about what you have just done!
All of a sudden the day has somehow crept up on you and as you look out the window of the bus you realise your guide is actually pulling in to the jump zone which means it's time! (OMG thoughts are running through your mind! It's too late to pull out, but am i really about to jump out of a freaking plane right now!?!)
Your guide is telling you some instructions over the microphone that you probably should be listening too but for somew reason you have other things on your mind.....
You suddenly notice your Guides have tried to be funny and have started to play relative songs over the stereo such as "jump" by Van Helen - do they realise this is not helping!?
You start walking over with your fellow travel buddies (at least we are in it together right?) and soon enough you are signing your life away...
Your heart is beating so fast you think you're about to have a heart attack! You don't really know what to expect but your doing it.
A tandem master comes over to you and he is your guide that will be attached to your hip (literally) once you are in the plane and all the way till your back on the ground.
"how are you feeling? He asks. I tried to speak but nothing but noise came out....i try again "yes! Good! Great! Why am i doing this again?" he laughs. "lets go over the safety briefing and get you dressed" He says.
So I figure out quite quickly that the skydiving look is definitely not sexy, on anyone, haha! I am in this bright red and white jump suit with a leather cap on and these terrific plastic goggles. looking gooood. The hilariousness of all of us getting gearing up has slowly taken my mind of exctky what we are about to do, without me even realising - feeling more relaxed, perfect. Next i'm getting told that once we leave the plane i must do the "banana". LOL! "I'm sorry the whhaat?" So now that I'm a pro (almost) the "banana is what you must do with your body when exciting the plane so your jump master can stable your fall (as opposed to tumbling lots eek!). Basically, bending/arching you back and legs s much as you can before your guide tells you not to anymore, which is symobolised by 3 taps on your shoulder. (because apparently when you're falling at 200kmph you cant hear anyhting... who would have thought?)
Here we go!! We are walking to the plane to board, I'm the last one to get in. Wahoo! I think, last one to jump. Nope. Completely wrong thoughts.. FIRST ONE TO JUMP! oh god oh god oh god. Off we go, the planes taking off along the runway and i'm calmly telling myself that this is just a scenic flight (I think it's helping).
I'm looking out the window thinking, man we are pretty high, it must be about time to jump. Then my Jump master points out on his altitude watch that we are only half way from where we need to be. "oh, okay" I say calmly when really, I am starting to freak the f*** out!!
"Are you ready?" He says
"No!" I scream back
Then the door wipes open, wind is rushing around the cabin everywhere and suddenly I am sitting on the edge of the plane with my legs dangling out at 16,500ft!!!
"3, 2, 1, juummmpp!!"
... (more freefall)
And the chute is up!! Wooowzers! everything got really tight for a minute and then poof! The air surrounding me is so quiet, and we are just floating around like a gliding bird. We swirl and swirl and float around until we come in for landing, knees up! And i'm grounded! I'm alive! I did it! High fives are shared between me and my tandem master and my fellow travel buddies. I am on the BIGGEST HIGH! and i want to do it all over again.
I collapse into a bean bag and am stunned that i just got to jump out of a plane and that it has become one of the most incredible things i have ever done to date! Worth every cent.
If I can do it, You can do!