Over the weekend I had the privilege of experiencing unmatched adrenaline rush for the second time in my life. I decided to go for round two of Skydive, at the Parachute School of Toronto. Seems like this summer is the perfect time to turn into an Adrenaline Junkie, EDGE Walk last month, now this. When I went for the Skydive for the first time in my life last year, on my birthday. The experience was nothing short of exhilarating. I decided last year itself that I wanted to make Skydiving an annual tradition. Following on that, I decided to go again on June 16. The perk of going back as a return jumper is a heavy discount on your second (and subsequent) jumps making the experience even more 'cost effective'. [caption id="attachment_449" align="aligncenter" width="461"] The greatest moment ever![/caption]
A total of five people confirmed including me, and like always, over 60 people were 'down to go'. No surprise there. Skipping past the booking and getting there we lucked out because our group of 5 was allowed to all go up at once. The journey up there was itself uber thrilling, and the video below will elucidate the emotions going thru my head. To be honest, after speaking to the experienced jumpers including my tandem instructor - every jump is different. The experience is going to simply making you gush with adrenaline, and the folks I went up with absolutely love their jobs. No surprise there either. So after my quick interview and pre-jump checklist we got on board the plane and of course my instructor decided to be the first one in, so we'd be the last folks out. I was interviewed again at close to 6000ft, and my mind quite literally was being blown away the higher we went. I even had a moment where I reflected on my entire life. I kid you not, it seemed like a good idea at that time, given the three documents I signed off on relinquishing any legal rights before going up for the jump.
[caption id="attachment_448" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Pre-jump interview/questioning-my-decision moment![/caption]
And then, the moment came. The door was wide open, and it was my turn to slide over to the edge of the plane, at the ridiculous height of close to 14,500ft. I also wore shorts to actually feel the temperature up that high, and to be honest, it seemed like a good idea before the jump itself. The sensation of the cold temperature only pumped more adrenaline in my mind. And once I positioned myself at the edge of the plane, I looked down for a brief second, and smiled, and fell towards earth. The jump lasted for almost 55 seconds, and the sensation of weightlessness is something that can only be fathomed by fellow skydivers. I truly didn't realize the speed at which I was falling down when I was looking straight down and absorbing the view. It was only when I looked straight at the clouds and noticed the terminal velocity in action, a cool 200km/h downfall. And before you knew it - I was landing. The entire experience was surreal. I could not come up with a better word (not that my brain was functioning at the point anyway, it was having mind-gasm at that point) to describe the entire experience.
[caption id="attachment_446" align="aligncenter" width="461"] The drop![/caption]
Skydiving is something that is truly a privilege, and after having a few conversations with experienced skydivers, I'm considering making this a routine activity. I truly wish the folks that can muster up strength to go skydiving, actually give it a shot, at least once in their lifetimes. The experience will be a lasting one, something that can be talked about for years, if not forever.
And here's the video of my jump - Please excuse the poor editing. I literally learnt how to use Final Cut Pro X by the experienced Jing for the purposes of this video and I apologize in advance. The embedded video isn't HD, but if you 'Watch on Youtube' you can see it in all it's HD glory!
For the sake of humanity - get your eyes opened up to a perspective like no other, and go skydiving!
PS: This entire post was written in this new app I’m experimenting with - something a lot of writers swear by, called OmmWriter. Brilliant, visually appealing and intuitive.
[caption id="attachment_447" align="aligncenter" width="461"] The landing![/caption]