After a late night with friends, I finally managed to get up at 9:30 in the morning. Chat and Nat were pretty excited and I had to answer a lot of queries regarding Tandem Skydiving….:) After much explanation when I went to change clothes, I heard Nat asking Chat, “Is she going to come back?” Huh…..so much so for moral support !!!!!! I yelled from the other room….”Yes I am going to be back”….and off we set to Dubai Marina for my ultimate skydiving experience !!!!
We were a bit late (come on it’s a Friday!) and hence I was no. 25 in the queue….Phew !!!! I was on the 8th shift…..and each took 20 to 25 minutes, after a quick estimation we headed off to JBR for a quick bite….and we hit back in an hour….after several fights between Chat and Nat, having tea’s, several restroom visits with Nat…about an hour or so my name was called up and GULP ! I was like NOW….Just NOW….so finally had to face the fact that I was actually going to do skydiving….:)
After giving me a quick brief about how to bend knees and lift hands, in no time was I in a harness being tied up, my adrenaline was staring to pump…my instructor Ellis asked me whether I am scared….I answered with a straight face “I am Cool”….Esssshhh Had there been a lie detector I would have surely failed….haaaa….haaaa
I then got introduced to my photographer Jason who was going to dive with us to record and click, cool huh….I was thinking…..what next ?…a makeup artist maybe….heeee….:)
Well in no time I and my instructor were sitting in the plane with 12 other people. Fear, Anxiety, Nervousness, tension…….I could actually see them on all the Tandem jumpers including me…..What am I doing here in the first place???? How did I even let Maddy talk me into this???? After a million such questions, I decided to shut my mind off and enjoy the view; after all there was nothing I could do about it right now!
I put on my eye gear, tied my hair tightly and let Ellis attach me to his harness. We were waiting for our pilot to sign us when we would reach the 12,000 ft mark and as he waived a Thumps up….Oh F***, we have to jump now….NOWWWW!!!!!!….we crawled our way to the entrance of the plane, I could see the Palm Jumeira view and he said Jump….I bent my knees, jus couldn’t think anything and I jumped….we both jumped together, the freefall was amazing, the cool air dashing my face. Was I flying?? Have I reached heaven???? Is this really happening??? Am I a bird???? Wait wait wait….I was so shocked by the whole experience, so stunned by the beautiful views of Atlantis and Palm Jumeira and the lovely infinite blue and green ocean…..its just like a different world….Mind blowing !!!!!
After about 1 minute of freefall, my instructor opened the parachute and we were actually hanging in the middle of nowhere, neither the plane….nor the land….he loosened my harness….phew finally I could breathe and was actually enjoying myself….:).He even let me hold onto the parachute and did teach me Twirling, what an experience….felt like a Bird….huge one though….haaaa. My heartbeat was back to normal and the Wind was our navigator, with my instructor at my back I was feeling more comfortable and getting the hang of it.
Finally after about 5 minutes of playing around with the wind, we started moving towards our destination. I could now feel the difference in temperatures and my ears started popping…..:) I initially bent my knees and did straighten them up when we actually landed, a bit nervous about it though, coz I had seen many people tumble and topple from inside…..heeee…..but excellent 2 pairs of legs….what more should I say…. we had a perfect landing !!!!!
Harness was removed and as I walked towards Mandy, Chat and Nat I realized how much I loved them and that this was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life! Well I was back afterall !!!!
P.S : I don’t think I would have done it without u Mandy !