Bucket list? I don't know but I decided I wanted to skydive two years ago. I selected Skydive Hawai`i after a friend recommended it after his jump. It's costly and you really must get the video (you can get pictures or pictures and video) so that adds a other big cost but if you're going to do it, do it right!
Before you jump, you must read a seven page waiver and sign nine times waiving suing if anything happens to you. If you do sue, you pay the costs. Each page (and the video you are required to watch by the inventor of tandem diving) reminds you that you can be seriously injured or die. It's kind of amusing that we all still decide to do it even with all those warnings!
We had a weather delay but there was still plenty going on to keep a first time jumper interested. The skies cleared and I was up. My Tandem Master, Nelson, was excellent. Great personality (young enough to be my son), put me at ease, took great care with our gear. He checked my gear 5 times that I know of. He explained exactly what I needed to do and when. Since I wanted the video, I had a personal videographer, Will, who is a big as a pencil but full of energy and enthusiasm! He added much to the experience.
Will was first out of the plane, then Nelson and I went. I wasn't expecting to go head over heels but once I got my horizon back, I was ok until I realized my ears were plugged up. We jumped at 10,000 feet so I guess I should have expected it. Between my ears and tumbling over my head I got a little queasy but my stomach finally settled down so I didn't feel I would chuck!
When Nelson deployed the main chute that was awesome! As fun as the free fall was, the gliding feeling with the main chute open was indescribable. I looked down and saw my feet dangling and I said, "It doesn't feel like we are moving!" Nelson said we were moving at 120mph! He asked if I could see the landing area and when I did, I was sad the jump would soon be over. When we landed, my body was like a wet noodle. I could not even stand up! I didn't land on my butt but I did need help standing. My legs were just gone!
All the Tandem Masters, photographers and other staff bent over backwards and thanked each of us many times. Everyone is so nice. You get a certificate showing you made your first jump, signed by your Tandem Master. I would do it again and I would ask for Nelson. I felt very sure with him. I'd also try to find out how to keep my ears open and I'd take something to prevent nausea...just in case. If you want an experience of a lifetime, do this, and choose SKYDIVE HAWAI`I. They will also pick up at your hotel. And oh...book online for a nice discount.
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