One word, no make that two, fantastically exhilarating
I got to Ukunda the afternoon before my scheduled jump, and the whole time on my way there, I kept thinking, wait a sec…….did I just pay to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft on my own volition!!!! Oh, well, you only live once right? Live it fully……………or so I kept telling myself.
While trying to remain calm and collected throughout the night, i got a few palpitations each time I thought about my adventure for the following day.
Awoke to a beautiful Diani morning, blue skies, wonderfully warm weather all psyched up to enjoy my first sky dive. I wasn’t staying too far from the hotel where the rest of the team was so I took a walk along the beach to the venue.
Found a team getting ready to leave for the airstrip, with one of the masters shouting out time left for them to leave. I had already gotten myself registered having booked, so what I had to do was to sign the indemnity. I’ll not expound too much on that, all I can say is might be nice not to think of it as signing off your life 🙂
While waiting for the group that was getting set to leave to be done, I was told I could go check their landings out on the beach, so I excitedly found my way there. The first jumper I saw coming down had the Kenyan flag waving across the blue Diani sky and it looked so cool, all I could think was ‘when and how can I get to do that?!!!!!’ The others came down thereafter looking very colorful as they ‘touched down’
I noticed the tandems coming into view and the novices looked so excited, made me lose a little bit of the scare feeling I had.
Well, my time came up and I was introduced to Andy who was to take me through the experience. Andy is one of the coolest guys I’ve met and he was very patient, explained every bit of the process, from the harness to the actual jump.
The drive to the airstrip seemed longer than usual, the high spirits of the team however was infectious, so found myself smiling all the way.
On getting to the departure lounge while waiting for the aircraft, a modified Caravan, Andy checked and rechecked my harness, and we went through the procedure again as he assured me, ‘screaming is good’ 🙂
We boarded the aircraft, no door!! And all sat real close each wedged against the next skydiver. We took off and the ascent was so so so fast and steep, I almost thought we’d be jumping in a few seconds!!!!! We didn’t. The view of the islands below was spectacular and was able to recognize a few, of course with Andy pointing them out.
We got to over 10000 feet altitude, and Andy tapped me told me to wear my eye protectors and get ready.as he had showed me, we crawled to the open exit, he tapped me, counted backwards from three, my first scream and………….we were out.
We were free falling and I couldn’t believe it. I just dove into the sky! I don’t think I’ve ever screamed that loud in my life and it felt goooooooooood. I didn’t even really feel the jerk as the chute opened, it was very subtle, and that is when I got to really appreciate the beauty of the beach below. I even got to steer the chute, moving it from side to side, accelerating feeling the wind all around.
We slowly started to descend to the beach where we were to land, I got my instructions on landing, and slowly slowly slowly landed on my backside on the white sand very very excited and feeling totally exhilarated and proud to have accomplished this. I can’t thank Extreme Outdoors enough, and Andy for making this happen for me.
See you during the next Sky Boogie!!!!