About a month or so ago, I took the plunge and did a skydive, in Queenstown, New Zealand. The cost of it was what was holding me back, but I was having a rough time and really wanted to do something for myself. Before I knew it, I had booked it in. I am scared of heights, but the way I see it is we have one life, and I want to make the most of every opportunity and try new things. From the experience, I learnt a number of things:
- Book yourself in if possible, that way it is harder to back out when/if your nerves get to you.
- When you finish the skydive, you will struggle to wipe the smile off your face for at least an hour.
- When you go up in the plane, it’s not as high as when you go overseas. You can in fact see the ground (I guess I thought I would be jumping out into the clouds!).
- If you are scared of heights like me, at least try not to look down.
- When skydiving in winter, wear more than two layers.
- You have a face. Until you skydive. When you sky dive in winter, it literally feels like you have no face.
- As hard as you try to look nice and smile for the sky diving photos on the way down, you are going to look ridiculous in all of them. Embrace it.
- You won’t make friends with any birds.
- Free falling at 200kmph is fast. And you are free falling. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing it feels.
- The ground is your friend. And once the adrenalin and excitement eventually wears off, your bed is your friend.
Honestly, if you get a chance to sky dive I would seriously recommend it. When people ask “what was it like? How does it feel when you are free falling?” I literally cannot describe it. You really have to experience it for yourself.