A Close Position of Trust
Favorite thing: Strangely there is no thought of the parachute not opening or something going wrong, the comfort factor is this stranger that is up close and personal behind you. You know he won't do anything to jeopardise his own safety.
Favorite thing: The next thing you know you are sitting in a tiny plane, lying on its floor squashed in with 5 other people including the pilot ascending to the altitude in which you will skydive from. I was nominated as the first person to jump since I was closest to the door. I was fine on the way up (since I couldn't see out of the windows) until they opened the door. Then I thought I had to be out of my mind.!!
Favorite thing: The cameraman descends before you so that he can take your gradual, falling approach. It was quite something to watch him manoeuver his parachute to hasten the decent. Knees bent in the position for the landing.
Favorite thing: The noise is what I remember the most of those first 30 odd seconds free falling. It was deafening and we were falling so fast (it seemed). That first rush is terrifying, exhilarating and over so very very fast and my eyes were closed a lot of it. The hair has ideas other than what you intended for it and your face takes on weird contortions that only a mother could love.
The Safety Net
Favorite thing: The rip cord is pulled and a great force tugs at you skyward. Then there is absolute silence and a feeling of slow motion. It takes a brief second to realise what you have just felt to what you are now experiencing, and its awesome.
A Weightless Environment
Favorite thing: You descend, dangling in an almost weightless environment forgetting that you are at the mercy of a piece of cloth billowing above you.
The landscape is fantastic, flat, proportioned, as if a tiled carpet beneath you, beckoning you to test its existence. The views down the coast are from Perth out to Rottnest Island and as far south as Bunbury.
Favorite thing: For a tandem jump, you get a 20 minute briefing which is required to show you exactly what is involved and what to do. You are suited up and then start with a plane simulator and are told how to climb out of the aircraft, how to position your arms and how you will free fall out. They then put you on a contraption where you are lying on your stomach and positioning your arms and legs as if you are in a freefall situation. I chose to have a video and photos taken since it was unlikely I would ever do this again. I needed proof!! Its not cheap but if you choose to have both in a package, then its cheaper. In my opinion it was well worth it.
Favorite thing: I booked my jump with WA Skydiving Academy and their drop zone was at Pinjarra, south of Perth. Amazingly I slept well the night before and was up early to drive and be down there at 10.00a.m. Because Pinjarra is at sea level you get a true jump of whatever altitude you choose (to a maximum of 14,000 ft). You need to be there well in advance of your jump to be fitted out in your suit and harness and go through the training session. I was fortunate, as just after I came down, jumps were suspended because the wind picked up.
W.A Skydiving Academy
199 William St, Northbridge
Perth WA 6003
Ph (08) 9227 6066.
Web Page: http://www.waskydiving.com.au
Up Close and Personal
Favorite thing: You float as if in a glass bubble, trying to take in the experience, trying to take in the scenery and trying to remember what the guy who is so closely positioned behind you is trying to tell you. All the 20 min instructions have just gone out the window because there are more important things to absorb here.
Don't you love that grotesque look:-)
This is It!
Favorite thing: When it all happened, that is get up, get ready to jump, it was all too late and too fast to think of even chickening out. The one good thing about Tandem, you have no choice if the other person decides to go, and believe me, this is a good thing otherwise I would not have made it out of the door.
Favorite thing: With a thanks to your 'intimate' companion in getting you safely and gratefully to solid ground again.... What a Buzz!!!
And now another 'tick' on the list of 'things already accomplished'.
Favorite thing: Trying to remember all that I learned in the short lesson... Bend the knees, then straighten for a perfect standup landing. Hey that was so easy.... very smooth:-)
Leaving My Security
Favorite thing: Oh my god, with a quick shove, we are outside the plane, standing on a thin arm of the wing and we are about to step off at 10,000 feet into nothing but fresh air.
Up Up and Away
Favorite thing: Up amongst the Clouds. If you want to feel overwhelmed by just how small you are in the world, this is where you will feel it.