Alison Adams Sky diving for christmas story on what to do in th holidaysI’M sitting in the open door of a small plane 14,000 feet in the air with a thousand conflicting thoughts flying through my head.
For the last five minutes I have been asking myself why on earth I thought that taking a tandem skydive out of a perfectly good plane was a nice way to spend a Sunday morning.
But then Phillipe, my tandem master, says it’s time to go and all thoughts of foolishness are banished as we drop into the sky.
Two hours earlier I had met my new best friend for the first time at the Simply Skydive office which is based at Penrith’s International Regatta Centre.
I was one of three taking the leap of faith.
After a safety briefing which was, well, brief, we were in the bus and off to Camden Airport.
The tandem trio were all experts who had clocked hundreds of flights between them.
Their sense of calm had the desired effect on my slightly anxious mood and by the time we arrived at the airport I was ready to take to the skies.
Harnesses were climbed into and the procedure explained once more.
Phillipe and I would be the first out of the plane.
Before I knew it Phillipe was telling me to put on my goggles as we were about to jump.
The noise was incredible as the door was slid up and then we were out of the plane for a 60-second free fall, the feeling of which is impossible to describe.
It’s not like falling and you are hardly aware that you are actually plummeting towards the ground at 200 km/h.
It’s what you imagine flying must feel like.
The noise of the wind and the sensations on your body are incredible and the minute seemed to pass in seconds.
It was, in short, a total adrenalin rush.
Then the parachute opened and all was quiet and calm and we were floating down to Earth.
A sense of joy and relief flooded through me.
All too soon we were nearing the ground and it was time to lift my legs into a sitting position and hope my landing was graceful. It was.
My sense of achievement and, let’s face it, pride in myself, was incredible.
The beauty of tandem skydiving is that you’re merely a passenger who can rely on the expertise of the person strapped to your back, relax and enjoy the view, then congratulate yourself on ticking one major experience off that bucket list.
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