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Ripcord Skydivers

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by Linda Mae (subscribe)
Linda Mae Baldwin God, Giggles and Grace Freelance writer and photographer Come visit me online:!/lindamaebaldwin
Published January 22nd 2012

It was a coupon from a social place and a desire to check off one more thing on our Life Lists (also known as Bucket Lists) that sent Lance and I to RipCord Skydivers.

But once we got there, it was nerve and determination that had us complete our jumps. Seems there's a weight/height limit on tandem jumps and Lance would have to jump solo.

If you're going to jump solo, you must take the morning class where you learn the basics of jumping and you get to practice the various steps.

How we fall

Like a wind sock

By the time the class was done, the weather conditions had turned unfavourable for tandem jumping, so my jump was put on hold. Lance however, was ready to go.

and we're off

There are numerous signs indicating where it's safe to stand and where to go to get jumpsuits, which are optional, but everyone chose one to wear. The staff are very helpful and informative. You can pay extra to have a professional quality video taken of your jump as well.

I waited at the edge of the landing field, camera ready for him to jump.

They monitored the weather throughout the day and finally a window of opportunity presented itself. I was told to get dressed and ready to go.

The tandem jump was relatively easy. I had a great partner, Mick, who ran me through all the steps, which I forgot.

You have to lift your legs in the jump at the end, to make the landing smooth. This was difficult for me to do hanging in a harness from the roof.

And then we were off.

The flight up in the tiny plane was okay. My heart hammered non-stop.

When the small door was opened, my heart hammered, and here's the difference between the solo jump and tandem? Lance had to get out of the plane and do all his moves he had learned that morning, on his own. I was nudged a little forward by Mick who I was attached to, and then I was sitting on the edge with my feet hanging over the edge.

The view was incredible, the wind amazing, and even though I was anxious, I was ready to go.

We tumbled out and through the clouds. And then we were falling to the field. The initial anxiety was replaced with peace as we sailed over the fields and headed for the landing zone.

Completed Jump

If skydiving is something you've wanted to do, contact Ripcord Skydivers. It is located within two hours of Brisbane. If you end up waiting for weather to clear as I did, there are plenty of places to eat, and you can bring a picnic and watch the solo jumpers. If you have questions the staff are patient and knowledgeable. It's a good time and a fun adventure.
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Where: 4 Christole Court, Carina QLD 4152
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