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Published December 22nd 2016
Jump Out of a Plane? - Go For It
OK, if I was younger and fitter I might want to do it – but no, I don't want to jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet, even if I was strapped to a gorgeous bloke for the journey! But my friend from China did want to do it.
Waiting with harness on
Skydive Australia operate out of many regions around Australia including Redcliffe, which was our venue of choice on the day. We booked online two days earlier, and set off for Redcliffe at the appointed time. A number of packages are available which include the skydive, insurances and photographs.
There are a few documents to complete on arrival at the office on Redcliffe Parade – but all was done quickly and efficiently. Then a wait until the system was ready. Those who were bravely (according to me) doing the jump were called into the back room for instructions and to have their harnesses fitted.
Waiting and Watching
A short bus trip with the other participants to the Redcliffe Airport, more instructions, and with everyone on board the plane took off. Luckily one doesn't get pushed out of the plane alone – everyone is strapped to an expert, who is "in charge" of the descent once you have departed the plane.
Can you see the black spots - parachutes depart the plane.
I set off for Queen's Beach, a few minutes drive north of the office and waited. There was a staff member of Skydive Australia preparing for the landing, with a huge X to mark the landing strip. He was also using a weather/wind gauge to report to the pilot, just before the folk left the plane. (I did hear a scream as the first jumper left the plane – and yes, it was my friend!).
From the beach, I watched as "black spots" appeared to leave the plane which was a tiny speck in the sky. Slowly they grew bigger and morphed into open parachutes. They floated magically down and all landed safely on the beach.
If you want to get this adrenaline rush, and see the wonderful scenery from 14,000 feet above sea level over Redcliffe, contact Skydive Australia.