NORTH LONDON SKY-DIVING CENTRE
LOCATION; NORTH LONDON
So for my birthday I received a sky diving experience for my present, in this post I will explain everything from how I felt before doing it, during it and after!
FIRSTLY WHAT HAPPENED?
So basically you have to fill in a load of forms and then once that boring part is done you go through to training where they show you a short funny video of people doing sky dives. The instructor then goes through the safety procedures and answers any questions you have about the jump. You’d imagine it to be as complicated as algebra and that if you forget the tiniest thing then you’d kill yourself but in fact was quite straight-forward (which is good for me as I’m easily distracted, thank god!).
The instructor takes you into a room full of mats where they teach you all the jumping and landing positions for you to practice. Again this was really straight-forward.
Apart from the ugliest effin boiler suits you’ve ever seen; you go in your own clothes, so anything comfortable like a tracksuit or leggings etc, probably not a good idea to wear a thong like I did as once I was all strapped up I had a wedgy (great fun tryna get that one out!). I also advise putting your hair in a plait as the hat squishes your head quite a bit.
Although the jumpsuits are quite comfortable, they do make you walk like you’ve shit yourself; they look like they’d feel really heavy with all the harnesses on but they actually felt quite snug.
Yes, you wear goggles but once you’ve done the free fall you’re allowed to take them off to get a clearer look of the world, they also make you wear the UGLIEST hat ever which makes you look like a bug which is flipping hilarious!
MEETING THE PERSON YOUR TRUSTING WITH YOUR LIFE
You then meet your jumping instructor; your jumping instructor will then attach the harness to you and make sure you’re all set to go. It’s weird how this complete stranger (Gary) who you’ve met for all of 5 minutes is now in charge of a) chucking you out of a plane and b) somehow not letting you die. I put my life in the hands of this random person and quite happily so too.
HOW SCARED WERE YOU?
Do you know what, I’ve watched people jumping out of planes on TV and they all seem to be absolutely petrified and even though there was a chance I could die if something went wrong, it didn’t seem to faze me. And when I say this I’m being totally genuine.
WAS ANYONE ELSE SCARED?
No, not at all, there was no swearing, no fuck fuck fuck get me off, no nervous talkers, no crying, everyone was calm as anything which surprised me so much. I thought you’d be screaming when you’re hanging out of the plane but no one made a peep.
PLANE RIDE JOURNEY UP
Again, I thought once I was in the plane it would all sink in and I’d realise I was acting way too cool on the ground and start freaking out but strangely I felt okay. It was so surreal how I was in a plane, strapped to a stranger about to throw myself off into the clouds and I couldn’t have felt more relaxed.
WERE YOU NERVOUS WAITING YOUR TURN TO JUMP?
It doesn’t actually feel real, you think you’d be crazily thinking ‘omg am I strapped in ok’ but you just feel normal, I think I’d be more scared jumping off a 5 meter wall, it was mental.
HOW DID IT FEEL HANGING OFF A PLANE DOOR?
I definitely thought this was the point the nerves would kick in and I would feel terrified, but in fact I felt the opposite, it felt mind-blowingly amazing.
THOUGHTS AT THIS POINT?
GET ME OUT THE PLANE!!!!!!!! (In a good way)
DO YOU HAVE TO PUSH YOURSELF OUT?
No, you rely on your good old flying instructor to do that part, all you have to do is lie back and enjoy the fall! It all happens so quickly you don’t really have time to think about anything.
You do a free fall, which is literally you jumping out of the plane with no parachute, you’d expect to feel panicked until the parachute went up but this was the most euphoric feeling I’ve ever experienced in my life. I wish you could bottle up that feeling and take a sip every day, it was unlike anything I’ve ever felt. If you’ve ever had an orgasm, times that by 500 and still you’re nowhere near the feeling.
HOW MANY TIMES DID DEATH CROSS YOUR MIND?
I don’t wish to sound morbid but I did for a split second think what if I die, but because of how amazing it felt I didn’t care, obviously I’d care if I died but you’re on such a high you just give 0 fucks about anything.
DESCRIBE WHAT IT FELT LIKE?
I was absolutely mesmerised, I actually thought I was going to cry with happiness when I was in the sky, it was magical.
IS THE PARACHUTE GOING BACK UP INTO THE AIR FRIGHTENING?
Again you’d think your heart would skip a beat and feel unnerved but it was so peaceful, at one point the world goes completely silent and it’s just you in the sky looking around, it’s the strangest feeling, I thought you’d hear wind or something but it was just complete silence.
HOW FAST DOES IT FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GOING?
It actually feels like the world is on pause, you’d think being dangled in the air for all that time would make you freak out but you don’t actually feel how fast you’re going, it actually feels quite slow.
HOW LONG DID THE EXPERIENCE LAST?
I think you’re up there for about 5-10 minutes roughly, but it just goes so quickly. I wish the free fall bit was longer as that part was the best bit!
WAS IT SCARY GETTING CLOSER TO THE GROUND?
No, they tell you to make sure you keep your legs up in the air when they land you as they said you can break both legs, so obviously that part made me stressed but he landed me so well I didn’t have to move much!
DOES IT HURT AT ALL?
Not at all, not one bit. A few of the other divers said their ears had popped for ages but I didn’t experience any discomfort.
THOUGHTS WHEN YOU LANDED?
You feel thankful to be alive and you also feel insanely proud of yourself. I thanked good old Gary for not killing me and gave him a huge hug after! I was happy I was in one piece.
Even though I was one of the first to dive I was the last to land, I think Gary kept me extra longer because it was my birthday but as I got span around so much I started to feel really travel sick. I suffer really badly with travel sickness so if you’re the same as me, just take a travel tablet before hand and you’ll be fine. Also tell them not to spin you around as much if you’ve got a weak stomach as it makes you feel a bit dizzy. A Ribena and some soft mints after seemed to do the trick.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS EXPERIENCE?
I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND. I can’t even tell you how much I recommend it. If I can do it? You can do it. I know I sound like one of those weirdo adrenalin junkies, but I can honestly say it will be the best thing you’ll ever do. It sounds SO MUCH scarier than it actually is, I promise you.
ANY TIPS OR ADVICE?
Don’t just say, I’ll do it one day, one day I’ll book it, I would do it in the future, just book it now? BE A YES MAN!
I’d just like to thank North London Sky Diving team for making my experience unforgettable, comfortable and fun, and thanks so much to Gary for keeping me safe and sound, much appreciated!