I booked this last minute since my original skydive did not work out in Queenstown due to weather. I debated a lot on whether to go through with this and even questioned my own sanity. Nonetheless, with lots of encouragement I took the plunge.
I began with signing a 2 page waiver that was pretty scary to read and would null any insurance coverage. After that was done, myself and a few others were driven to the location of our skydive. My instructor was very friendly and explained exactly what was going to happen, from start to finish. I was amazed by how many of us to could fit in the plane on the ride up - one pilot, three 'jumpers' (including myself) and three camera men to document our journeys. I was the third to literally fall out of the plane. I wasn't nervous until we hit 15,000ft and required oxygen masks. Within a minute we were getting ready to tumble out of the plane.
I did not dare take a peek for the first few seconds of the free fall, but after I was given the OK by my instructor, I completely absorbed the most beautiful view imaginable from that high up! I could see the ocean off to my right, the mountains off to the left, and the forests in different areas. I went for the 16,000ft jump (they had a promotion at the time where you were given a 1,000ft extra for free) and that gave me 66 seconds of free fall, which ultimately meant 66 seconds to take in and really enjoy this experience.
On a side note, my ears did pop really hard and that felt very uncomfortable during and after the dive, but it subsided after an hour or so. Also I felt that it was worth paying extra for the video and photos. Every other sky diving place I checked out in the South Island charges more or less the same for this. The video and photos were loaded on a branded Skydive Franz USB with a matching lanyard, along with a URL linking to my video so I could easily share it on Facebook, email to friends and family etc. shortly after I returned to my hostel.
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