I arrived in Mission Beach on a bright and sunny day and that would be the day i was doing it :) i couldn't stop thinking about it all day,thinking that in a few hours i would be jumping out of a plane!!!!!!
Mission Beach is a really nice town but wilth noting there apart from a really long beach...mission to walk ? who who where that name came from.There was extensive damage to a lot of the tree's and a few houses as Cyclone Yassi had hit the surrounding area earlier that year.
A few hours later after hanging around and having some chicken noodles...i was a pro at cooking noodles back then ;) it was time to do my Skydive.A guy in a van picked me up from my hostel and drove me into town where i then waited around for 1 HOUR ! that was the worst bit of the whole experience i think nerves where really kicking in haha. A whole 1 Hour later i met the person i would be jumping with and he went through all the drills on how to open a life jacket and so on....lets face it if you do fall into the water your probably not going to survive any ways so... yh that didn't help my confidence nor did seeing him roll the parachute up ! We all got kitted up and were on hour way to the airport which was half an hour away,everybody was really excited and were chatting away, whereas i was crunched up with nervers thinking what the bloody hell am i doing????? We arrived at the runway and i saw the plane running, that gets your heart going for sure ! no messing around, you get in then your off. Within minutes we were hammering down the runway WITH the door open !,the take off was a step one and a long one for that matter.We were soon climbing to an altitude of 14,000ft i soon thought we must be nearing getting half way but "no he said not even close".I think the instructor new i was nervous as i asked him every question under the sun haha quite literally, then he strapped me on and i remember asking "is this on tight enough?" haha.The plane door was yet again opened and people started to go !, within seconds i was the last one and he started to slide me along towards the door.I felt the ice cold air on my legs and the sound of the propellers in my ears as i dangled my legs over the edge and under the plane as instructed. Seconds later he threw us out of the plane and we rolled completely over in till settling intp the horizontal position, the worst bit was over and i was loving it, one of the best feelings, i can't describe it apart from feels like your falling just one of the things you have to experience yourself i think.60 seconds later he deployed the parachute and we were gliding around still quite high up at this point,i felt a little ill almost as if i had been on a high speed roller-coaster think it was the adrenalin and the anxiety and the relief that the parachute had opened haha.The ground got closer and closer intill i could hear the air rushing past my ears and then we touched down on the beach... prety awesome !. Happened all so fast the waiting around..well maybe not that bit but the driving, the take off and now within 5 minutes i was back on the ground amazing.I would definitely recommend it great experience,i was happy for the next few days haha, just wanted to say i had done a Skydive :) ....
Up next The Great Barrier Reef :) ......
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