I now know what it is like to soar, and I am hooked on the feeling. Falling out of a plane is a remarkable experience.
I had always said I wanted to jump out of an airplane, but never actually went out to do it (the expense was a huge factor in my hesitancy). When my good friend Lucas told me that he too yearned to jump out of an airplane, it was inevitable that we would do so — the question then turned from “if” to “when”.
Lucas took an internship with Apple during the summer of 2015. He found a relatively inexpensive drop-zone in the Bay Area and we made a plan. I flew from Michigan to see him that July, and we headed to Bay Area Skydiving at Byron Airport on Saturday. We ended up waiting for 3.5-4 hours to actually jump out of the plane. Even though we were slightly agitated that we had to wait that long (especially because we showed up on time for our 2 PM reservation), we enjoyed the atmosphere. There were so many licensed divers coming and going, and they all were incredible. We witnessed divers choreographing their dives. The general comradely amongst the local divers intrigued Lucas and me, and we knew we wanted to be a part of the excitement.
When we finally got into the plane, I could not contain my excitement. We flew to 13,000 feet and jumped out. The 60 second free-fall was easily one of the best experiences of my life, full of pure joy (and a lot of photos). I kept screaming, “THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME!” The feeling of free-falling is hard for me to describe, however, I can say that I never felt like I was falling. I felt weightless, both physically and mentally. Once my tandem instructor pulled the chute, we jolted into flying. I put my arms out and flew over the Bay Area landscape for a few more minutes. The tandem instructor let me pull the chute straps, and we did circles in the sky. Once we landed, I jumped up and down a few times, really feeling the high of the ride. I felt like one of the diver junkies, and new that I had to be one of them.
I will jump again in the near future, there is no doubt about that.
If you’ve ever wanted to skydive, do it. Do not hesitate.