When I was asked by CRY to explain my experience of the charity sky dive I couldn’t wait to tell other people about it.
If you have relatively few inhibitions and are prepared to give it a go you will love every bit of the experience.
I can’t say I wasn’t a little nervous but as soon as you let your fear go it is an awesome experience.
The skydive was programmed for 8.15am but due to thick fog it was put back to 11.30am. This wasn’t ideal as it just gives you more time to think about the crazy thing you’re about to do! However once my name was called by the announcer I was pumping with adrenaline.
I was shown a short demonstration of the jump and then it was all systems go and we walked down the strip towards the plane.
The plane climbed and circled until we reached 12,000ft. This was it! As it was a tandem jump I was attached to an instructor, so there was no going back. They opened the hatch and I was the third to jump. I couldn’t wait. Soaking up everything I moved to the front of the plane. We rocked on the edge of the hatch for a moment then let go and plummeted down towards the earth.
They say you reach speeds of up to 120mph and drop for a minute but it didn’t seem like that at all. There was such a buzz and the feeling of free-falling was awesome.
The views from the air were incredible and when the parachute opened and you had more time to notice, it was breathtaking. The landing went without a hitch and I can honestly say there was nothing to worry about.
I’m so proud of myself for doing it and for raising some money for the charity that means a lot to me and my family. I couldn’t ask for anything more.