Laura Berry tells us all about how she has finally marked Sky Dive off her bucket list.
MANY PEOPLE have a list they wish to conquer before they leave this Earth. We all only get one life so we have to make the most of it. With many things on my own personal bucket list from bungee jumping to getting a tattoo.
Mam and dad must have picked up on the hints I had been dropping around the house, as to my delight for Christmas last year what arrived in the post only the voucher for a full Sky Dive all paid for all I had to do was pick a date, and rope someone into doing it with me.
After looking through the calendar and having us agree on a date I made the phone call to guarantee my spot on for the day. Not being given a time, as the rules are first to come on the day is first served.
The night before there was no sleep to be had as the excitement was overwhelming, counting the hours till I was allowed get up and make my way to Clonbullogue. Up, dressed and at the door of the Parachute Club all before 8 am, waiting what felt like an eternity till we could check in at half past.
We were brought in and given waivers which we signed without hesitation.
From then it was waiting for the weather to pick up before you can get your gear on and get up in the plane. Sitting around till 3 pm, before we were allowed to do our jump I think we became cloud experts by the end of the day.
Soon we began to talk to the people around also waiting, we were quick to find out that we were the only two nuts there on the day doing it for the laugh, everyone else present was doing it for charities.
When you hear your name being called the butterflies started up in the pit of my tummy all over again. In to get our jumpsuits on and met our instructor, Marcus, was mine. He gave me the final run-through of how you are to exit the plane and that's its all fun from there. Two of us, our pros and the pilot all squeezed into this small plane. Up up and up again the excitement made the trip up to altitude feel like forever.
We finally got to the height required for jumping. All strapped up to Marcus, the door was opened and the engine of the plane cut. That was the signal to go. No turning back now we were out the door and falling through the clouds.
You free fall is at 200km per hour and once that parachute opens, the views you see on your decent were amazing, you could actually see the curve of the Earth on the horizon.
Each instructor is different on the day, one will allow you to do flips and tumbles, mine allowed me to steer my way down to certain heights. Once it comes into landing time he takes back over the reigns so we can get back to the ground as safely as possible. You get the tap on the shoulder, legs up and you are back down to earth with a soft landing on the grass
All in all, it took longer for the plane to taxi out and hit the height of 1200 feet than it did for me to exit the plane and land safely on the ground. But it was still the most amazing thing I have ever done. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is an adrenaline junkie like me. I can’t wait for my next one, Dubai here I come.
For anyone wishing to part take in a Sky Dive please contact Irish Parachute Club, Clonbullogue Airfield, Clonad, Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly. You can buy on their website skydive.ie or by phone on 046 973 0103