Weeks before September 18, which was my birthday, I had been thinking, scouting ideas and really wanted to try something new, exciting, and different to make my birthday a memorable one, so when my colleague from work suggested the idea of skydiving, without much hesitation, I went ahead and signed up!
or refers to a type of skydiving where a student skydiver is connected to a harness attached to a tandem instructor. The instructor guides the student through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing. The student needs only minimal instruction before making a tandem jump with the instructor.
I was so excited that morning that I arrived 30 minutes ahead of the group at Skydive Miami, in Homestead, Florida. I registered and paid $358 for Extreme Tandem + photo and video package. Upon registration, the receptionist asked me to watch a video detailing the risks, the legal clauses of what I was getting into, and I was asked to sign liability waiver. There were a lot of things in the video but what I understood was, I agree that in doing the tandem skydive - I can possibly get seriously injured or I can even die and my kins cannot file a lawsuit or claim against them if unfortunate things will happen to me...super scary!!!
After registration, we proceeded for a brief orientation then we were geared up with the expert assistance of the instructors. A small 15- seater Cessna plane landed close to the facility where we waited for almost 2 hours and immediately after we were called to board the plane with our instructor and photographer/videographer. It started with a 15 minutes plane ride up to 13,500′ AGL (above ground level). While inside the plane, a lot of things came to my mind...I was a little bit tensed but I have decided long before the trip that I am going to do it no matter what. Fear will not hold me down!