Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Skydive

I have been home for 48 hours now...I am wide awake at 6am on a Sunday morning, which means only one thing - jet lag.

New Zealand was just incredible and there is NOWAY I will be able to cover it all in just one post. There is just too much to tell. At some point I will do a video encompassing it all but it isn't a priority right now. I just want to get some rest before starting back up at work on Tuesday.

Since I have been home nearly everyone I have seen so far has said 'What was the best bit?' And even though so many thoughts come racing to my mind. It would have to be the sky dive!

Before going to New Zealand Oli had reeled off potential activities to do. I remember sky diving coming up but it just didn't appeal. I am not much of a person who chases adrenaline so jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft just sounded unsafe rather than fun. 

A week into our trip we were headed to Lake Taupo on the north island. I had really sore feet from all the walking we had done and the idea of doing the Franz Josef trek became really unappealing. As much as walking on a glacier and doing the helicopter sounded AMAZING- I had lost the pizazz to do it. Our driver - Diesel (who had an unhealthy fetish with sheep) put on a video of a skydive in Lake Taupo. I remember so clearly I was listening to music and was just watching the images flicker on the screen. At the end of the video I turned to Oli and said:

'I want to do that!'

I had never been so sure of anything in that second. I wanted to fling myself out of plane overlooking a stunning lake! I could afford it now I decided to not do the glacier hike. So I signed myself up with less than 24 hours to go before the jump.

If anyone knows me well, they know I am a planner. Something like a skydive would have to be pencilled in with weeks of notice to mentally prepare and psych myself up. But for some reason I just wanted to go against my 'norm' and do this!

On the actual day I was a nervous wreck. All I could think about were the 'what ifs' and making up dramatic scenarios in my head. Some girls from the bus tour were doing it too so it was nice to share the experience and not be alone. We were collected in a limo, taken to the sky dive location, filled out waiver forms and got to choose the music for our videos.

Within an hour I was harnessed up, met Steve my tandem man and we were walking towards the plane.

God I felt sick as we flew up. I also found out I was jumping out first so I was right by the door and could see the land getting smaller, and smaller...I was really shaky and Steve told me to lie back and rest my head on this chest. I thought this was really strange but his heartbeat (which was totally normal compared my 120+ bpm) was so soothing. All of a sudden I felt like I could do this and I really trusted I was going to enjoy it.

And I really can't say it in any more of a simple sentence. Within a minute I was flipped out of the plane and doing a 60 second free fall. You really don't feel like you're falling. I didn't feel like I was hurtling towards to ground (even though we were). I was so busy screaming at how amazing it was and looking around that I just didn't notice the falling process. One thing I want to document are the clouds. It wasn't a perfect blue sky. There were a few clouds about and Steve said it would feel colder with the clouds around. But I just thought it was wonderful that I was going to feel actual clouds!!!! They just felt like mist touching you as you fell through them and my face was damp at the end of the jump because of them. But I flew amongst the clouds how awesome is that?

The 60 seconds was over quite quickly and the parachute came into action. This bit hurt a little as the harness really dug into my groin, you can even see it on the video that I go 'ouch.' This isn't normal and poor Steve was really apologetic at the end for tightening me up so much. The parachute part was lovely though! I got to see amazing views of the lake, steer the parachute, start to see the sunset beginning and just take it all in. It was utterly breathtaking and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

So below is the video of my skydive. It is about 8 minutes long and I have watched it about 4 times now. I still can't believe I did it. I had the words 'I'm dreaming' written on my hand and reflecting on the felt exactly that.

Kia Ora!



Joyce said...

So AWESOME! My stomach was churning for you : ) The hardest part looked like sitting on the edge of the airplane doorway. Good for you!

Mary said...

I am SO proud of you! I don't think I could ever do something like that! CH was a paratrooper in the Army & he's done a couple of civilian jumps, but there's NO WAY I could do it!

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