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OK guys, I'm flying ...like a bird!
One of those great moments in life. Scary? Nah...kid's stuff. Calm as can be. If I 'bounce' (terminology for a terminal descent) I won't know about it. I'll just yell my head of to the last second and go out enjoying it.
Although how I got into skydiving over the Skeleton Coast in Namibia is quite a crazy story. Our tour group pulled into Swakopmund, Namibia right on the Skeleton Coast, so named because many shipwrecks had occurred there and because of the bleached bones left during the heyday of the whaling industry. Wreck survivors may have reached the shore thinking they were saved, but soon died of thirst on the desert coast: the desert stretches inland for over a 100 miles in some parts. For years I had dreamed of a scenic flight along the coast.
None of our group would share in the cost of a scenic flight and way too much for me on my own. But the young guys were daring each other to go skydiving, and wanted numbers. I figured that to get my desperately wanted scenic flight all I had to do was jump out of the plane at the end. I thought that was a good idea, as I get to watch the scenery on the half hour flight up to 10,000 feet for nothing...purely a bonus. Yeah, I was into that deal!
Kay wasn't too worried...she was probably texting our insurance broker to bump up my cover!
Actually, had a queasy stomach that morning, and the tight harness around my gut, and sitting so cramped up in the plane was torture...I was so glad to get out and jump. Well, you don't jump...the guy you're harnessed to shoves you out! No last minute scaredy freeze-up, or turning back. It's not your decision...you just get pushed out.
Mind you, Paul was good. Talking quietly in my ear, telling me what to do, going through the countdown, making sure I had arms crossed while sitting in the doorway, and staying calm and firm. Paul is a great guy to jump with. A class act for Groundrush Adventures, Swakopmund.
I was thrilled to be jumping. No thoughts of fear. I just wanted to enjoy every minute, and be able to see the scenery, the coastal dunes contrasting with the deep blue waters, and the topography of the land. I thought the unique overhead perspective of the massive sand dunes, and the rivers snaking their way across the plains was worth the adrenaline buzz. A totally amazing way to see the Skeleton Coast!
I was the last to jump and so I got to see all 9 others jump and land. Most were tripping over, landing on their bums, or scared shitless. They all loved it though.
Check out this video. I paid extra to have another skydiver jump separately and video me and Paul. Watch for my landing...nope, I have never jumped before. But with that perfect landing I sure got asked if I had!
I have a confession- it was so freezing that approaching the ground I knew I was so cold and stiff there was no way I could take any steps on landing. So I made sure I listened and re-acted to Paul as he talked me through preparation for landing. And when he said " Put your feet down." I put them down ...for that perfect finish.
For a long time I just stood there until I could move.
Info and rates are there. For the extra DVD and heaps of pics you'll need to pay for another skydiver. All up around $2050 Namibian dollars. Worth every cent.