Today I had the pleasure of falling 12,000ft plummeting to earth at an average of 200mph! Today I did a Tandem Skydive.
So it’s Sunday morning, the alarm goes off at 6.30am… on a Sunday… yes it is a killer and we jumped in the car 45 mins down the road to our local aerodrome. At this point I felt 100% fine and ready for the jump. A little excitement and not one ounce of fear. Whenever I set my mind to do something I make sure I complete it to the best of my ability and in the best way possible, so today, nothing was getting in my way.
De-briefed and forewarned I waiting for my slot to board the plane. This seemed to take a while although It was only an hour or two.
My name is being called on the tannoy and Im getting kitted up with harnesses, jumpsuits and re-de-breifed. All of a sudden a video is shoved in my face and they’re filming me… how do I feel… why am I doing this… so many questions.
Next thing I know I am on the plane accelerating at god knows what speed climbing up to the 12,000 mark. It takes around 15 minutes to get up in our rickety gaffe taped aircraft but before you know it I am sitting on the edge looking down at the ground. Thumbs up and we are away.
A mix between suction and gravity sends you into an endless spin of sky and ground before you level and ‘enjoy’ a 48 second free fall which feels like it’s over in 4.8 seconds.
YANK! And the parachute extends, the guiding ropes are passed to me and with a quick middle finger I can say there is no chance I was being handed the steering handles, my hands were firmly staying out in front of me. My instructor laughed as I looked on in horror (little did he know I would get him back haha).
My instructor turned to me with a dad like grin and says, ‘So… do you come here often?’ I couldn’t even reply… jokes at 7,000 feet plummeting to earth with a bit of sheet as my safety- no… just no!
A few twists and turns and the best view I think I have ever seen. London was in the distance and a quick turn and you could see France. Another turn and you’re looking at the Isle of Sheppy and another you can see Surrey. It was stunning not a single cloud in the sky.
A few more turns and suddenly the 10,000 feet drop has caught up with me….SPEW… right over the instructors arm. (oppsy). Apparently two-thirds of people are sick but I think he was just being nice.
Knees up, legs out and we are coming into land. The softest landing I could have hoped for into freshly cut long grass! 12,000ft down and we are back on home ground.
What an experience. I am definitely not rushing to do it again but I am so glad I did it.
Now you’re probably asking how has skydive changed my outlook on life as per the title… well.. It has made me more determined, it has made me want to try so many other things and it has made me passionate about life. Life passes us by too quick. I am 26 in 2 days and in a blink 6 years of my life has disappeared! It is time to live every day like it is my last. 50 before 30 is just the start!
All these wonderful photos and videos are courtesy of the Aerodrome. Thank you so much for making a wonderful dream come true and ticking off another of my 50 before 30! To book your skydive at Headcorn simply click here.