This is my virgin skydiving experience in Melbourne. The weather was great that afternoon, with clear skies and nice warm breeze!
This is actually a birthday gift from Huis, my girlfriend, who wanted to surprise me by driving me up there on my actual birthday, but the weather was bad, and she also felt bad that such a surprise would give me cardiac arrest. Best girlfriend in the world who knows what gets my gears going 🙂
I dived with the Melbourne Skydive centre Tandem Master Dave, who was really nice with walking me through the whole process as well as documenting the whole process.
So the experience was really beyond words as I have told many. Being on the ground, looking at the jumpers before me got me really excited. Being in the small (like Harry Potter’s room underneath the stairs small) airplane, I was extremely pumped up for it.
But I remember stepping out of that plane, whilst I was suspended mid-air, bound to the tandem master with some hooks and binders, thinking “oh my god.. I am actually stepping out of a plane at 12,000 feet. Who would do such a stupid,stupid thing.” Next thing I knew, I was flung out and came whirling back to the ground at full speed. It was hard to keep up with my thoughts at that moment. I kept trying to “ground” my mind, but I guess it was too far up in the sky. It was intense. I enjoyed every single moment of it. The tumble out of the plane. The swirling around. The incredible speed at which wind was gushing into my face, and mouth (which gives many the illusion that I looked like Jay-Z). The scenery before me. The scenery before me became not more of a height than it was a incredible sense of being able to see God’s green earth. And it was beauuuutiful!
As is all things in life, the free fall was over before I knew it and the chutes sprang out and I had a chance to play around with the gliding bit of it. Dave was showing me crazy maneuvers, which I think all divers get to try. But that was exciting as well. Banking far left and far right is by far even more exhilarating then any amusement ride! Your stomach whirls as you spin around at high speeds, giving you the experience of being flung around on a rope, at great heights.
This truly has been a very special and memorable experience for me. I am very glad that I got this opportunity to do this, and I am even more thankful to Huis for understanding what this means to me and blessing me with the experience. I would definitely do this again and look forward to the next time I get to fling myself out of a plane.
One more thing on my to-do checklist done!
***This is taken off the Dvd from Melbourne Skydive Centre, so I have no control over the music or the track mixes!
Cast: Ryan Tan