So, yesterday – May 22nd was my 24th birthday. It also happened to fall during the May 2-4 Victoria Day long-weekend. But, I didn’t organize a crazy party. That’s been done and over with. This year, I wanted to do something exciting, and adventurous. Something I haven’t done in a very long time. I decided to fulfill one of my childhood dreams of reaching out in the sky. Flight – something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the privilege of doing so. I got in touch with my friend, Nora who suggested we go Skydiving. After a few days of research, she found a place and time that would be suitable for the experience.
We decided on the Parachute School of Toronto (PST) – up by Newmarket for this awesome experience[VIDEO ATTACHED BELOW]. I decided to post this as a status on my Facebook wondering if anyone else wanted to be a part of this as well – and turns out four more people signed up. What I did discover is – a lot of people are all talk. Initially well over 25 people approached me to be a part of this – yet only four of them ACTUALLY paid the initial deposit and followed through with it. The other four brave souls were Ghayas, Nataly, Takbir and Kumanan.
21st May finally arrived, and we embarked on a 90 minute drive to the PST. Once we reached we were told that the schedules had been pushed by almost one hour so we decided to kill our time by watching other divers make their way down from the heavenly blue skies.
An hour passed and we found out we were on a ‘manifest’ and were assigned to experienced divers who would be doing the Tandem jump with each one of us. We were split off into two’s and Kumanan and I decided to go up together with our divers. After some basic ground training, we suited up and boarded the plane. We boarded up one of the tiniest plane I’ve ever seen and prepared for the 10,000 feet jump.
And then, the moment came. The door opened – my heart started racing at speeds I’ve never experienced before – and then I looked down. Unbelievable. I could not believe that I was actually going to jump off a plane – a perfectly working plane at 10,000 ft. I angled myself the way my diver, Chad had told me to when I was on the ground, and that was SCARIEST part of the entire experience. Sitting on the edge of the plane, at that height, at that speed – trying to plant my feet was just insanely exhilarating.
And then Chad and I jumped. The 30 second free-fall is still the most intense part of the entire dive. To be honest, I’ve spent the last two days trying to figure out how to describe my experience but the only words that I know in my vocabulary are surreal and exhilarating. The entire jump pumped so much adrenaline through my mind for an hour after the jump I had no idea what just happened. I could not believe I had just done what I had done. I’m glad I purchased the pictures and the video to be able to relive those exciting moments of the jump again and again.
To better understand the entire post above – just watch this video. It’ll explain everything. And show you my nervousness during the start AND my confusion/dazed behavior during the landing.
To sum it up – it was Epic. Legendary. Mind boggling.
Feel free to ask me any questions – and I truly hope you guys get a chance to go for Skydiving at least once in your lifetime!