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11. Posted by faulknerwn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Quoting Kristie79

At some point on my rtw trip I'll be in new zealand and would love to try skydiving.
Was just wondering if anyone had done it and what it's like??

You'll love it. I've got about 3600 jumps now - did it once and never looked back! Go for it!
W

12. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

3600 jumps? Dude, what do you do, jump once a day every day for the past 10 years?!?!

13. Posted by vcp203 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

skydiving is amazing. its really not as scary as you think. i thought for sure i would be hysterical up there in the plane, but if you go tandem, the instructor just kind of pushes you out, and you're free falling at 150 mph. its the most incredible adrenaline rush of your life. once the parachute opens, its a real downer....

14. Posted by ChrisO (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

I jumped tandem from 15,000 feet, pulled the shute at 6,000 and watched a bird fly past level with my eyesight.It was the most exhilarating thing I've ever done so far. I was 52 yrs old at the time.
One thing no-one told me is that the air goes past your face so fast in free-fall that it virtualy closes your nostrils with the force of it, so open your mouth to breath!!
Go for it,
ChrisO

15. Posted by ben323 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I would like to do a course of skydiving.

Does annybody have some recommendations??
Where are the best and cheapest places ??

Thanks a lot!

16. Posted by Edebarudo (Full Member 70 posts) 11y

I would like to do a course of skydiving.

Does annybody have some recommendations??
Where are the best and cheapest places ??

Thanks a lot!

Yea... I'd love to hear about any place round NZ or Australia.. I'm going on my first RTW (hehe.. I should add that it's the second trip in my life, if you don't count the one's where I've gone to my neighbouring countries...) and I'd love to skydive.. Maybe someone knows where a good place to bungy is too?

17. Posted by tanjian (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Well in Canada I think you have to do a minimun of 28 jumps to get certified (and that costs quite a bit of money).

I did the static jump (only 4000 ft) rather than the tandem at 15000, only because I felt that having someone do everything is cheating. The point is to see whether you can will yourself to let go of that plane! Let me tell you, it is perhaps one of the most scariest and exhilarating things I've done. We went with small planes that carry 4 jumpers (all four of us (strangers) clung onto one another as we climbed)... I guess people tend to bond once they know they may actually die. Even to this day I remember my heart pounding and the adrenalin... the sheer effort to pursuade myself to let the plane go. You'll love it!! If I had the money, I'd get certified! All four stranges gulped down a 24 of beer once we got to the ground.

18. Posted by africall (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Go for it, it is the best experience of my life. You will be hooked on to it. If you manage to get to South Africa on your RTW try Bungee jumping at Bloukrans. Highest in the world - 216 Meters.
Also skydiving there is great, and cheap!!
Enjoy.

19. Posted by Latina (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Hi
I did my first tandem jump in Australia, Cairns - Mission Beach in spring 2000:

http://www.jumpthebeach.com.au/

My second tandem jump I did in Switzerland, Interlaken - over the mountains and lakes, some months later in 2000.

Last year I did some paraglyding in Swizerland, but it's of course less spectaculous than skydiving!!!!!!

It was just the best I did, and will certainly repeat it one day.

Please don't save by missing out to let to take a video of your jump! Many times at home I watched my jump on the video tape that made me happy and happy again!

N'joy!

Sabina

20. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 11y

Yay,skydiving!I jumped from the plane in Queensland,Australia.It was amazing feeling.I did the tandem at 13.000feet.Wohoo!The feeling!It was amazing.And afterwards got to see funny face expressions from the video.It was blast!Next I'm about to try bungy-jumping...do yous reckon it's scarier than skydiving?