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  • The proud boys with their certificates
    The proud boys with their certificates
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  • John & I at Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub
    John & I at Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub
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  • John & Eugene landing after their jump
    John & Eugene landing after their jump
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    "And I'm freeee, free fallin'....!"

    by JessH Updated May 1, 2008

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    The Aeroclub was custom built in 2004 & includes runway with length of 1,800 metres and 30 metres wide. There are currently over 175 members; almost half are overseas members & European expatriates. The club also offers private pilot licences, helicopter flights, aerial sight-seeing tours, hangar rental, etc.

    This is the only aeroclub in the UAE that offers Sky Diving, which coincidently is also their primary activity with a team of fully qualified instructors.
    Eugene, the main skydiving instructor, has done over 5,000 tandem jumps & many of the other instructors (such as Marc the camera man) are ex-military. We were really impressed that these "dare devils" also displayed a high level of professionalism; something you don't find very often in the UAE!
    Because of the UAE's stable & highly predictable weather conditions, courses & scheduled jumps are usually carried out & completed on schedule.

    Equipment: Tandem Skydiving is the safest way to experience skydiving for the first time: 2 people using one large parachute, this is an ideal way where you can enjoy the thrill of skydiving with just a few minutes of instruction.
    Before boarding their specially modified plane, the instructor informed John & Ruben of all safety procedures & went through the various body & leg positions for jumping, flight & landing with them. To partake in a tandem skydive you must be older than 18 years of age & not weighing more than 200 pounds.

    Eugene had one final "warning" for the boys:
    "Be careful... you do this once, you get addicted to it!"
    As there is limited space in the Cessna, John took off for his jump first & Ruben afterwards. The climbed to an altitude of approx. 12,000 feet above sea level, which takes around 20 minutes... a last prayer to all your gods, angels & mother earth and out you Gooooooo!
    Eugene immediately released a small stabilising chute to stop from spinning, and after about 30 seconds of free fall pulled the main parachute to float safely to the ground below, where I was waiting anxiously but also extremely happy to see my honey with a huge smile on his face (a grin which he couldn't wipe off his face for the whole next week!)

    PRICES (Year 2007):
    Tandem Jump with instructor: Dhs 850.-
    DVD film of your jump: Dhs 300.-
    (1 US Dollar = 3.67 Dirhams)
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    PRICES (Year 2008):
    Tandem Jump: Dhs 1,000.-
    DVD film of your jump: Dhs 400.-

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    • Desert
    • Sky Diving
    • Adventure Travel

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