On Sunday 1st September I was taken to a surprise location for a birthday treat! As we drove onto an airfield, my girlfriend gave me the good news; “I’ve got you a Tandem Skydive for your birthday”….
The whole process was dead simple, we arrived, checked in, had a coffee then we attended a group briefing where one of the instructors talked us through how it all worked. The humour was great, a real ice breaker!
I had to wait for about an hour before it was my turn, but waiting was good as your got to watch the guys going up and down, and the reactions of the other students faces.
When it was my turn, my instructor (Chris) gave me a jumpsuit then fitted me into a tandem harness. He also told me the colour of the parachute so my girlfriend could watch us from the ground.
We had to wait a couple of minutes for the aeroplane to land before we got on. It was really small, nothing like a jumbo jet… But it was very comfortable as we were sat on the floor, all stretched out. One thing that was strange was we were facing backwards in the aircraft. Chris explained that it makes it easier to get to the emergency exit! The big door we intended fall out of!!
The flight was great, it took about 20 minutes to get to the top. All the way up we sat back and enjoyed the views. Before we got to the top Chris talked my through the skydive one final time, then he tightened up the harness.
I was feeling pretty good until the door opened. However when the door opened all I could hear was my heart pounding! Chris moved us into the exit position. Which involved my dangling outside. Then before I new it we were in free fall!
120mph is quick, the veiw was stunning and I just cant describe how great it fell. 45 seconds skydiving were the best 45 seconds of my life! Then the parachute was open and it was like a half way house, not skydiving and not on the ground, flying but not in an aircraft!
After we practiced the landing position a couple of times Chris let me fly the parachute. So cool! We did some sharp diving turns before he took the controls for the landing. The landing was so easy; we just stood up like stepping of a pavement curb.
The whole process was totally mind blowing. I will be doing it again very soon! My only dilemma is what to get my girlfriend for her birthday!