If you have been playing around with the idea of doing a skydive, but would like to know a little bit more before you take the plunge, have a look at the reasons our very own Event Coordinate gives as to why you MUST DO IT!
“So there I was, on a beaming sunny day in rural Oxfordshire, clad in a jumpsuit and nervously waiting to board the aircraft. It’s a cliché, but if you’d told me a year ago that I would be about to skydive from 13 000ft, I would have (to put it mildly) asked if you were feeling quite alright. So why did I – someone who would have never previously thought of myself as an adrenaline junkie – do a skydive, and why should you?
- The fundraising. We all know there is no shortage of friends and family chasing us to sponsor them for various runs and walks. A skydive, however, really helps drive in the donations for your chosen charity. It’s an event that makes a great focus for a fundraising campaigns and your friends won’t believe what you’re about to embark on.
- The day itself. It may be quite nerve-racking when you’re on the way there, but the staff at the airfield were absolute experts at putting me at ease. First you sign in, then you get kitted up and trained by the instructors. I was relieved to find myself having a good laugh with the instructor, and it puts you at ease speaking to someone who goes through dozens of skydives each day. It’s a great atmosphere on site too, surrounded by your friends, family and crucially other fundraisers who are all equally nervous about their jump!
- The freefall. Nothing – nothing! – can prepare you for the feeling when your fellow skydivers have left the plane and it’s your turn to jump. On the way up, my instructor was great at letting me know exactly what was about to happen and the best advice on things like landing and breathing whilst mid-air. As soon as you exit the plane you’re in freefall and this is the absolute highlight of the jump. I was really rushing off the adrenaline and I could feel the speed of the wind against me as I was hurtling through the air. I was scared to leave the plane, but that only intensified how much I enjoyed it!
- The view from the sky. When the parachute comes up, it’s a real feeling of intense calm and peace – you almost forget just how high in the air you still are! Being at that height you can take advantage of having an amazing 360 degree view that you’d never otherwise be able to get. Where my airfield was, I was able to take in the stunning views of rolling Oxfordshire countryside from a completely unique vantage point.
- The memories. I’ll never forget my skydive as long as I live, and the intense feelings of leaving the plane, or the joy of landing, really stand out for me. It’s great that the airfields all offer video services as it means you can get a document of this extraordinary moment. I may not be looking my best but it’s a video I really treasure!”
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