So today is D-Day for the skydive and it’s scheduled for 12.30pm, but wake to find a text message saying all dives are pushed back of 3 hours due to weather. Not a great start! So I give them a ring to explain that it has already been cancelled 4 times and to see if there are ay options to be prioritised or moved up if there any cancellations and say will let me know. So it’s a nice surprise when I get a call at 1pm to see if I can go in the next 15mins for the 1.30pm skydive and luckily I am just around the corner, so that is no problem. When I arrive everyone has already started the briefing and so jump into watch the video telling you about what to do with the jump, which all seems pretty straight forward. Straight after that the instructors come out and I have a pretty cool dude called Brant, who says has been skydiving since 2005 so seems to know his stuff and is a pretty laid back guy, covered in cool tattoos. He puts the gear on me and runs through how it will all work t put any worries at ease.
We jump in the bus quite quickly so we make our flight slot and it is about a 10minute drive from the Cairns centre, that is located near the mall. The bus is a mix of nerves and buzz, with it being all girls apart from guy and the instructors being a mix of ages and types, with mine definitely being the coolest I reckon.
When we arrive Brant starts the filming for the video I have bought and says as we walk to the plane he is going to do a quick interview with me and capture some pre footage – although I do hate being on video! He also says that he has some good news, because we are going first, which is the best slot as you get to hang outside the plane for about 15-20secs while he makes sure the jump posistion is right.
We are in the plane for about 15minutes first and it’s nice going over the barrier reef and seeing the contrast of the forest and mountains. It is funny that despite being scared of heights, being this high really doesn’t feel high or even real so you don’t get that same vertigo feeling. Once we get close, he tells me to backup against him so he can attach all the parachute harnesses and make sure everything was attached. We do a last few video shots and then he opens the door and swings us around. I have to make sure my feet are tucked under the plane, as that helps them being in the right position for the freefall. Then its 1,2,3 and jump….
Once out of the plane, again it doesn’t feel scary being so high and falling as the ground never gets closer and the force of the wind keeps pushing you up so just feel like your floating. A very free feeling, probably why they call it free falling! That lasts only about 10seconds or so (maybe longer), but hard to tell but long enough for him to chat to me and we do a few more video shots to try and capture the moment. When the parachute opens, that made me jump a bit as it is suddenly a big jolt upwards and then you slow down so much. The speed in a lot different and here you can actually take a lot of it in and the view. This is where having the amazing views really comes into play and whilst it was nice flying over the barrier reef it would have been nice I think landing onto a beach and falling slowly over the ocean, as the view for Cairns is mostly grass and fields reminding me a little of England, but still nice to see he tableland and cape tribulation mountains in the distance.
he asks if I want some fun with the chute and starts twisting us round in circles quite fast, which does make me feel a little dizzy as I think the skydive has overall made me slightly lightheaded. We have enough time to talk about some of the best spots he has ever Skydived, which he says Switzerland and I have seen that come up a few times in the top 10 when was researching. His next stop though is NZ.
As we eventually get closer to the ground I need to hold my knees up for the landing, so that he can do all the work and we have a really soft landing, which is great! All a bit thirsty from the dive and tongue tied, I don’t have much to say when he wants t do the final interview haha, so am a lady with few words. But I am totally loving the experience and proud of myself for doing it. So head back to the bus and to the water, as feel a little light headed and unsteady and it’s lovely having the air con blasting on board that makes me feel a little better.
The bus back is spent mainly with the instructors reflecting back on the jump and showing us all the video footage. The problem with the sky diving is that it goes so quickly, before you know it, it is over and you just have the feeling you want to do it all over again! Luckily for me I have a few more super cool places I am able to skydive from!
9th March 2016