Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published January 28th 2013
Ever felt like jumping out of a plane?
The first person who decided 'hey, I think I'll jump out of a plane, for fun' probably received a lot of incredulous stares, but thank goodness for that adrenalin junkie, for if not, the extreme sport of skydiving would have been lost to us all.
Skydive Adelaide is one of those places where other like-minded thrill-seekers can experience one of the most exhilarating sports ever.
Located at the Langhorne Creek Airfield, this skydiving place boasts excellent views of Lake Alexandrina, Lake Albert, the Coorong, Murray Mouth and the South Coast. They claim to be the closest drop zone to water, so you can expect spectacular views.
As I was new to skydiving, I could only do a tandem jump (not that I would want to jump solo). I chose to jump from 10,000 ft (which would last about 30 seconds) for a price of $499. I also wanted a video as proof of my achievement, which cost a further $125. I looked around on different skydiving institutes and the prices are more or less similar. I picked Skydive Adelaide because I wanted a view of the lakes and rivers in the area.
Safety is the main concern for such an extreme sport and the Skydive Adelaide instructors make sure that every diver understands the rules and safety regulations. Before you dive, they'll help you into your harness and explain what's going to happen in the air. They'll teach you how to fall out of the plane and the correct way to land. The instructors were really friendly and enthusiastic; I felt comfortable and safe entrusting my safety to their experienced hands.
It's definitely not for the faint of heart. Once the plane starts climbing higher and higher, your heart beats faster and faster and suddenly you realise how incredibly cold it is up there. Then as the plane finally hit the 10,000 ft mark, the door of the plane is slid open and I was hit with a powerful burst of wind. The instructor makes you hook your legs over the side of the plane and just like that it hits you that you're about to jump. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared; I was truly terrified at that second.
But as soon as we jumped out, it was amazing. I have never felt so alive in those first 10 seconds, it was such a rush to fall so fast and so high up! The freefall part doesn't last that long though. The instructor will release the parachute and then the glide to the landing zone begins. If you're feeling up for it, the instructor lets you play with the parachute holds and you can make your parachute turn left and right. It can get very dizzying though and once I'd landed, I felt a wave of motion sickness.
The landing was smooth and easy; all you have to do is lift up your legs and the instructor will do the landing part for you. All in all, skydiving was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and I was really impressed with Skydive Adelaide.
Where:Langhorne Creek Airfield, Section 345 Skeldon Rd, Wellington SA
Cost:8,000ft (20 seconds) Normally $399 – CURRENT SPECIAL $329 10,000ft (30 seconds) Normally $479 – CURRENT SPECIAL $399 12,000ft (45 seconds) Normally $545 – CURRENT SPECIAL $449 14,000ft (60 seconds) Normally $650 - CURRENT SPECIAL $509