So if you want to go skydiving, this post might be of interest to you. I will try to describe what my first tandem skydive feelt like!
I booked the tandem jump three days ahead and I didn’t really start getting nervous until the night before. What calmed me down was googling statistics. Skydiving is actually really safe. It turns out you should be more worried about the car ride to the drop zone than the actual skydive…
After arriving at the drop zone (Outside Sevilla with Skydive Spain) you’ll have to sign and fill in a lot of forms. My heart started racing a bit when I wrote down the contact information of my mother in case of an accident. When the paperwork was done, an instructor will take you to a room and explain everything that is about to happen.
I reached the peak of my nervousity just when we got dressed and introduced to our tandem instructor. (Of course I got the guy wearing a multicoloured viking helmet that kept cracking jokes about getting disconnected during the fall…)
My brain stopped working when we boarded the plane. This was probably the moment when I realized that I was about to jump out of one.
Since there was no way of backing out, I felt calm during the takeoff. My tandem instructor tightened and checked all the equipment. He kept showing me the altometer to see how far up we were, and all of a sudden it was time to get out! People were disappearing out the door, and we started sliding towards it.
The camera guy got out first, and I was just dangling from my instructors chest when we dived out of the plane at 15 000 feet. Let me tell you something; it feels nothing like falling. That awful feeling you get in your belly on a roller coaster is not there. If anything, free fall feels as if you are flying.
When your instructor is about to jump out of the plane, you need to keep your arms close to your chest. After a few seconds in the air, he taps you on the back. This means that you can open your arms and relax.
It is incredibly noisy because of how fast you are falling, but I didn’t pay attention to it. The whole scene is so surreal and beautiful it seems quiet and serene even though it really isn’t.
After a minute of free fall you get a second tap on your shoulder which means that it’s time to cross your arms in front of your chest. The parachute is about to open! We did spins on the way down, and it was really cool. The other tandem skydivers did not, so make sure you get to go with Robert if you visit Sevilla to do skydiving! He is awesome(and a bit crazy).
If you are like me and always felt like you wanted to do it, but didn’t dare; You really should! I finally understand why everyone that tries skydiving either love it, or get hooked with the sport.
I feel like I’m living life to the fullest! I have no words. I can’t wait to do it again!