To Do: Skydive
Skydiving by nature is against every instinct built into every fibre of our being, but it is one of those things the majority of adventurous spirits intend to do someday. If you are going to do a skydive, do one somewhere amazing in the world strapped to a professional (bonus!) or do your skydive for charity – or both. There are only two to three seconds of pure terror: the moment you launch yourself from a perfectly good plane 4,000 metres up in the air, to the instant your body reaches terminal velocity – about 200 kph.
Fortunately, being released from such a high altitude plays a trick on our eyes and enables us to simply ‘get over it’ and enjoy the ride; humans have no perception of height above 1,500 metres. Whether you jump out over the upper thermosphere or at a mere 5,000 metres, the ground tends to stay where it is, with no sensation of falling. Pleasure ensured, fuelled by a mix of endorphins, adrenaline, and whatever drugs our bodies feel compelled to release, telling us ‘this is soooooo wrong’. And yet it feels so right.
With so many jump zones from continent to continent you really have your pick of the litter when it comes to making a first tandem jump.
Taupe, New Zealand is the skydiving capital of the world. Nearly 30,000 crazy people venture here in the summer months to pay for an experience most of the world looks upon with a mixture of trepidation and lunacy.
Skydive Taupo offers quite the benefits’ package when you reserve a spot at their jump zone.
A 12,000ft jump starts at $439 (parachute extra … only kidding!) and if you are going to do it, pay the extra and get the one-to-one DVD of the whole thing!
Dropzone.com offers reviews by people who have jumped with different skydiving companies throughout the globe.
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