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When I first skydived | In india


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I guess ever since watching the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the idea of skydiving was etched in me somewhere. All I could see on the internet was people jumping out of a plane with the picturesque Palm islands (Dubai) in the frame. But somehow that seemed a bit far fetched owing to budget constraints. Surprisingly, while randomly searching, I found viable options that seemed trustworthy and claimed to be USPA certified. That too in India! Well, why go Dubai when it’s in your own backyard, the gut wrenching adrenaline doesn’t change with geography, right. I was overjoyed to learn that skydiving has ushered in India, though it still needs to make its presence felt. Found two agencies, Skyriders and Skyhigh. Skyriders used to shuffle between Mehsana (Gujarat) and Mysore (Karnataka) but lately they have made Mysore their permanent base for dives. Skyhigh operates in Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh). (If you do manage to find other reliable agencies please mention in the comments). Skyriders charged INR 35k which is roughly the same as in Dubai (2000AED~36k) and Skyhigh charged 30k. You may get discount if you book your slot few months in advance or go in a group. I went ahead with Skyriders. When I checked their website, Facebook and Youtube handles, the reviews and videos were awe-inspiring which convinced me enough to sign up for Tandem Jump.

March end and a bright Sunday morning, I reached the non-functional Mysore airport (now it’s used only for skydiving and VIP transits). There are frequent buses from the Mysore bus stand; take any bus going towards ooty and ask the conductor to let you down here. I joined four other people anxiously waiting in the lounge, who had come for that dose of adrenaline. One by one, the manager, pilot and instructors came in. Our Russian instructor, Pasha, briefed us the dos and don’ts, body gestures to follow before the jump, during freefall and before landing. Soon it was my turn. Donning the jumpsuit, it was nerve wracking while we walked towards the plane (without door), the Cessna aircraft. I was excited and nervous but the latter was probably more evident on my face. The other guys wished me good luck. I comforted myself behind the pilot seat and Pasha was merrily sitting by his side with one leg hanging in the void, just another day for him. The aircraft slowly ascended, reaching heights of about 12000 ft. That curved horizon looks so magnificent, blue sky blending in white streaks with the amber earth. Everything seems so small and infinite fields are visible in such perfect geometrics. Scattered mushy clouds dispersed through the aircraft. I sensed a certain chill, my heartbeats vividly audible while I looked out and down below thinking I am about to jump through there. Pasha harnessed me to himself and jogged me through the instructions once again. I was going frenzy. Shivering and scared. My insides twirling.


DAY 1

“One leg out on the landing gear”. "Steady". "AND JUMP"!

WOOOOAAAHH!!!!

I shouted like crazy. For few seconds, the horizon went haywire like a mad compass. But vision sets in soon and you feel your weightlessness going at high speeds through columns of air in a winged stance. Gravity doing it's job. Diving like a bird through the heavens was pure bliss. The freefall lasts merely a minute before the parachute is opened when the altimeter points out. Spiralling down to a marked flag was fun. The views were ethereal. After the final touchdown I felt so ecstatic for what I accomplished back there. All the moments were captured on go pro and I took back home something amazing. These are the things that test your limits and make for a daring lifetime experiences. Come to think of it, you practically don’t do anything, the instructor does everything. But to take that next step, out of the aircraft, that’s a real challenge, and to brave and live it up is what brings sheer happiness at the end of the day. Cheers!

Take that next step forward, it’s worth the try

Give your will a chance and see yourself fly

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