In April of 2016, I spent 3 days in Melbourne on a long layover from Fiji to Singapore. It was my second visit to Australia (my first was to Sydney back in 2014) – and I enjoyed Melbourne MUCH more than Sydney.
Melbourne is a city that I could actually see myself living in. The city is very diverse, and the culture has influences from both Europe (architecture) and Asia (food). It’s both artsy and hipster – packed with cafes, shops, restaurants, bars and graffitied walls. It’s also very affordable (unlike Sydney!)
Given that I only had 3 days in Melbourne, I wanted to make the most of my time. Skydiving has been at the top of my bucket list for a while, so I looked into various skydiving companies in Melbourne and I found an awesome one called Skydive the Beach!
Skydive the Beach operates in several cites across the Australian continent, and in the Victoria province, the jump is about 50 km outside Melbourne in the rich countryside area called Yarra Valley. The company is very professional and has a great reputation of diving for more than 16 years. The staff at the office in Melbourne was so friendly and enjoyable to hang out with. They eased my stress and made me feel comfortable before jumping!
The days leading up to the jump, I was overwhelmingly nervous, excited and anxious. I had been bungy jumping 5 times in my life, but I had NEVER jumped out of a plane!
So, on the cold & breezy morning of May 2, 2016, I was picked up by a van and driven to Yarra Valley for the big jump!
Here’s how it went down.
When we arrived, we signed our lives away (literally) and then watched the mandatory 8 minute video with rules & instructions.
Then, I met my guide (who had already been on about 6,100 jumps) and he gave me a short briefing of what to expect.
A few minutes later, we were strapped into a small plane and up in the atmosphere, climbing above the clouds. On this particular day, there was a thick cloud shelf that we hovered above and it was really intimidating for my first jump!
I was trying to remain calm the entire way up, talking to my guide. And then it was time…
The door opened, and a huge gust of cold wind hit my face and pierced my ears. My feet were the first limbs to hang outside the plane.
Before I had time to think, my head was positioned back on my guide’s shoulder and we jumped out!!
All of the nerves that I had before the jump had instantly disappeared after we jumped and hit terminal speed velocity. As cliché as it sounds, I was flying! I couldn’t feel anything because we were going so fast (220 km/hour).
The coolest part was when we zoomed through the cloud! I could feel the temperature suddenly drop (for about 2 second) and then everything cleared up and I could see planet earth below me.
After about 30 seconds of freefall, my guide pulled the parachute and we floated back down to earth. The views up in the sky were breathtaking – the valley below me and I could see all the way to the ocean!
It took about 5-6 minutes to parachute down and then I landed back on slid ground. I was alive!
Skydiving was one of the most thrilling and spectacular experiences I’ve ever had, and I am 100% going to go again somewhere else in the world.
If you head to Australia, then I highly recommend Skydive the Beach. It’ll be an experience that you won’t forget!
Disclaimer: Skydive the Beach offered me compensation for going on their dive. However, the words and recommendations in this post are my own and have not been altered in any way.