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“You have nothing to fear Craig, I have been sky diving over 9000 times!”…
Those words from my instructor Dave, and the fact that I would be sky diving in New Zealand for my first ever jump as a tandem with him calmed my nerves, somewhat.
If he can sky dive successfully 9000 times, I can do it once I told myself.
And everyone kept telling me that sky diving is much easier than bungy jumping, another activity I have yet to do that scares the life out of me.
I don’t do heights well and have already been freaked out here in New Zealand on the sky walk in Auckland.
Although I have always been petrified of heights, jumping out of a plane is something I have always wanted to do!
And today was the day I was going to face my fears. Mentally, I felt as ready as I ever would.
Not only would I be jumping with Dave, but with other friends from the Great Crusade tour who were also jumping for the very first time.
We were in this together.
I was the last of four people scheduled to jump. One by one we were to be flown 12,000 feet up into the sky.
The flight up was going to take approximately 15 minutes in a tiny cesna plane with only enough room for three people.
They calculated the free fall to last 45 seconds and we would reach speeds of over 200 kilometres per hour.
After the parachute opened, they assured me it would be a peaceful and amazing experience as I float back down to earth.
I kept saying to myself one of my favourite slogans. And I kept visualising the experience and really focusing hard on enjoying the moment.
If I was going to jump, I wanted to be present and in the moment.
It’s hard for me to put into words my 20 minutes of fear, anticipation, excitement, and relief.
So I’ll let this short video take you on the ride with me…
Getting suited up by Dave…
Last minute instructions…
I did it…
Top 5 Sky diving safety tips from WorldNomads.com
Anyone who agrees to jump out of a perfectly functioning aircraft clearly has issues, but if you must, here are 5 skydiving safety tips:
1. Use a licensed or registered and well-trained operator. This is not the time or place for your mate with a secondhand parachute from Ebay to show you the basics!
2. If you’re not fit and healthy, don’t jump. Or if you have a pre-existing medical condition, like high blood pressure or osteoporosis, talk to your instructor about it – be honest!
3. Do exactly what your instructor/jump leader tells you. Exactly!
4. Stay within your limits. Most accidents occur when divers try tricky stuff beyond their capabilities. Over-confidence can be a killer.
5. Don’t forget to deploy your parachute. No, really! You need 600 metres to open your main ‘chute, make sure it’s working, or if it’s not, to open the reserve and land safely. So open it early.
QUESTION….Have you been sky diving before. Share your experience in the comments section below…
Craig Makepeace is the founder of yTravel Blog and has been traveling the world since 2002, first with his wife Caz, and now with his two daughters. Get his free email series on the 4 best ways to reduce travel costs. Follow him on Google+
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