A SKYDIVE SPECIAL EDITION

January 28, 2011 - Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

My long-awaited skydive was ultimately such a special occasion that I feel it is worthy of a blog in its own right.

On Tuesday afternoon I phoned Skydive Hawaii and a Taiwanese lady called Mary (not great English) took my booking for the next morning and said I would be collected at 7am. I asked to be collected from the neighbouring hotel, the White Sands, as the Waikiki Backpackers Penthouse has no sign outside.

I set the alarm on my mobile to wake me up at 6.30am but I forgot (as I haven’t bothered to get a new US SIM for only 4 days) to alter my mobile to Hawaii time! I woke up in the morning, looked at the bedside clock & saw it was 7am. I knew it was slow so I leapt out of bed to look at my watch -7.10am!! "Yikes I’m late!!"

So I legged it downstairs 2 at a time in my pyjamas (in typical Kelly style) to the hotel reception....what a sight I must have looked, but there was no-one waiting and no-one had been looking for me. Relief. Back upstairs I called Mary, and it turns out she had slept in too!! But not knowing she was going to take 45 minutes to get to me – I quickly got dressed without washing my face or brushing my hair or having my free hostel breakfast (eggs on toast) and waited and waited for her. So, to cut a long story short I’m not looking my best on my skydive DVD or photos.

On the journey to the airstrip, I started to wonder if I was doing the right thing as Mary told me it was a very safe company & that they had only lost one person in 24 years. This was in 2006 when an instructor had a heart attack mid-jump. Although the parachute had opened both instructor and tandem passenger died when they landed in the ocean! Was I glad to see that my jump instructor was young and fit looking, although when I asked him if he was feeling ok he said he had a hangover!!

The jump itself was a really amazing experience. On the way up my photographer rolled the side door of the plane up to take a photo of me & the view...OMG I nearly fainted with fright! But the jump itself was so cool..the feeling of freefalling is like flying, you do not feel like you are plunging or out of control. We did a couple of spins, I took in the beautiful view & then all too soon the parachute was opened and I wasn’t flying any more :( but we did some nifty moves before coming in for a perfect landing! It was over in a flash but, once I was out of the plane, I loved every second of it.

It was only after I was safely down, someone told me that during recent jumps some of the parachutes had failed, but the reserves had opened. LOL That’s Ok then! No more heart attacks.

In true Hawaiian style, the instructors were so laid back and the views, beautiful – it really helped me to control my fear & enjoy my jump & I would definitely like to do it all again sometime.

Check out the photos – proof that I was brave enough to do it!!

 


Pictures

OMG I'm actually doing it!
I'm smiling..but I'm scared
The view is stunning though..
Aaargh ......
 
 

5 Comments

phyl.:
January 28, 2011
Wonderful. Better you than me.

A lovely ending to your holiday
cathy spearman:
January 28, 2011
Congratulations! At last! How high did you jump from? xx
therese:
January 28, 2011
Wow, flying high. It looks amazing. As do YOU !!! Have a safe trip home honey, dying to hear all your stories !!! BIG HUG x
Linda & Michael:
January 28, 2011
Great pictures, made my tummy wobble looking at those heights! I'd love to do a skyjump but would never have the courage. The world looks so beautiful from up there.
Sitting at home having cup of tea with Auntie Iris, she's been reading your blog from the very beginning and thinks you are so wonderful and brave! Best regards from her. Take care Marjorie, love from us xx
dave:
January 28, 2011
Another amazing experience!If it's any consolation to the rest of you she gets picked up at the airport on Sunday and then I will personally see that I get her to work on Wed to start a 9-5 job again like the majority of us have had to do these past 5 months!
Marj's blog. 3rd Feb. Got up in dark in cold old Eng.had to travel to work. Lots of tenants rang up asking how much rent they owed and their neighbours dog barks too much. Life is not fair:)
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