A 14,000ft drop and loved every second:

Chris and I finally got 11 days off after 3 months without a break. We headed back to Brisbane for a few nights and then on to the sunshine coast.

This is what I had been waiting for, my birthday present, a 14,000ft tandem skydive. Whoopee!!

David and little Chris were jumping with me. Both had jumped 2 yrs. before for David’s birthday but this was my first jump.

It was something I had wanted to do since living at Wurtulla.

I used to watch people skydive over the house and land on Currimundi beach.

Due to the weather our appointed day was cancelled so we tried again the next day. We were lucky, a heavy rain cloud passed and there was sunshine behind the cloud, so off we went.

The boys wanted to see me jump so I got to sit next to the door which they leave open.

The view was great.

As there was only the three of us jumping another skydiver came with us. He was testing out a new flag that they were jumping with in the afternoon for the Maleny Show.

One second he was there and then he was gone, falling at 120km. I was up next.

With my feet hanging over the edge I did stop and ask myself, “Am I nervous? Is my heart racing?” The answer surprised me. NO I was loving every second of this.

Clear blue sky and here I come.

Clear blue sky and here I come.

Now, concentrate Kerrie, stop looking around, what did the instructor tell you. Oh yeah, cross your arms, arch your back towards him and curl your feet back to his.

Ready, set,  go

Ready, set, go

 

There goes a perfectly good plane.

There goes a perfectly good plane.

We’re free falling and the view is spectacular. Now everybody knows the G force on your face is not the most photogenic.

So here I am trying to keep my mouth shut (which is pretty hard to do) and still do the thumbs up and OK sign for the photos. Well some turned out OK but others, well…anyone know a good plastic surgeon?

See what happens when you open your mouth

See what happens when you open your mouth

Anyone know a good plastic surgeon?

Anyone know a good plastic surgeon?

Now after a few seconds you start to feel the cold on your face, I mean it’s freezing.

They said it was -3 deg. I know, I’m a wusse. But I was glad when he pulled the rip cord because I wanted the jump to go for ever.

Chris and David free fell for longer and I got to see them passing me by.

This was probably the most amazing part. When you are on level ground (so to speak) it really hits home how fast they are falling. As I watched David and Chris fall, a sigh of relief came over me as one by one the colourful chutes that we had seen so many times before while living at Wurtulla, opened.

Watching the boys speed past me as they free falled.

Watching the boys speed past me as they free falled.

Now the scenery is to die for. The ocean with all the container ships. the houses, the Glass House mountains. The whole experience went way too fast.

The little yellow dot over the water is David's parachute.

The little yellow dot over the water is David’s parachute.

It was thrilling and I would recommend it to anybody. Now if I could just get Chris to do it, hmmmm…

Chris landing.

Chris landing.

David coming in to land

David coming in to land

Knees up.

Knees up.

Smiles all round. A great 52nd Birthday present.

Smiles all round. A great 52nd Birthday present.