Down To Earth
What’s on your bucket list?
Perhaps visit the Pacific islands, watch a broadway show, sip green tea prepared in a monastery…Paul likes to do things that involve more adrenaline. He is not really badass- but if there is something that involves going down a ride or wave he is happiest when this is fast!
So there we were, four friends together diving in the Whitsundays, then looking out over beautiful beaches, sipping a cocktail at the end of the day. Paul decides to try and convince everyone that what we all need is to jump out of a plane! Now I could not think of anything worse and was happy to hear that I had this belief supported. But I should of known that Paul’s mate was going to be keen and we knew that there was no way to convince these two that this was NOT a good idea!
Here is Paul’s tale…
You simply must do this. We made the call and were given various options to jump out of a plane. We chose the highest and although it might be extra money, there is no point doing it unless you have a long free fall.
I was so excited. We arrived and were given a brief WHS video which went over the risks of falling from a plane, trying to put these into perspective. I really don’t know if it was needed, seems a little self-explanatory but it did little for
the French girl that was in our group who was visibly trembling after the induction…
We then made our way to a waiting area and watched a very rickety old plane sputter up and away from the runway and that made me feel better that we were going to land in a parachute. We got a briefing (emphasis on “brief”) on what we were to do. This involved- jump out, cross your arms, arch your back . Then how to land: lift your legs up. We were set. I thought, well, hopefully they give us more information in the plane because I had nothing…
So we met our instructors. I had a really cool guy from Zimbabwae who had been travelling the world for the past 8 years skydiving. He immediately put me at ease and I asked him to give me a “full experience”.