Now was the time! This single activity is what started my whole trip planning, to the other side of the world. I would finally be jumping out of a plane, above the Palm Island! As we got to Skydive Dubai, we believed it wouldn’t be too busy as they were usually closed on Sunday’s and it was only re-opened to accommodate for cancellations. We got in, line up, and submitted our forms, then were told to wait; that we would be called up to pay. As I sat there, I started listening in to other people that were waiting. Apparently the group that were scheduled for 10 am had only just finished their jump, and the 11 am people were still waiting to pay, before getting suited up to jump. Our time was 1pm!! I knew it was going to be a long wait from there on out.
As time progressed, there were delays as it was “too windy” and they deemed it unsafe to jump. I understood that they had to put safety first, and Mother Nature was something that couldn’t be controlled, but even still… I was getting frustrated. At one point I even thought about cancelling and getting a refund for the entire thing, because I didn’t want to waste more time waiting, just for it to get cancelled in the end. Thankfully I didn’t! As more time passed and delays were coming and going, I noticed that they were moving much faster. It seemed like every 10 minutes; a group would be called to get suited up. Before I knew it, it was 3:45ish and they called my name to go pay. From there on out, we knew it was going to happen. Our names went up on the display screen and showed a wait time of 30 minutes for our jump.
Shortly after, I hear a guy call out my name, so I head over. From there, I meet Simon and Vitor. Simon is the person that would be strapped on my back, and pulling the parachute, while Vitor would be jumping with us, and recording/taking pictures of the entire jump. Simon first got me strapped in my harness, and made sure it was properly secured, before giving me a brief instruction on how to position my body before, and during the jump. Afterwards, Vitor pulled me to the side and did a small interview of me for the video, where he asked what I was doing, why I was doing it, and how nervous/anxious I was. I could definitely say that I was beyond anxious at this point, as this moment was about 3 years in the making. Next it was time to head out to the buggy, and drive to the landing strip. From the landing strip, everyone took turns walking towards the plane, while their videographer was recording them. I ended up being the last to board the plane, which meant I would be the first to jump. I was actually quite thrilled to be the first to go, as I felt that if I had to watch everyone fall out, one by one, it would make me nervous.
Here it came! The moment that I had been waiting for since forever! I was finally jumping out of a plane, 13,000 feet above the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island and Persian Gulf. Simon got me to slide towards the opening of the plane, and before I knew it, pushed us out. I actually didn’t even have a moment to realize how high up it was, until we were already out of the plane. As we started our free-fall, it was incredible! The views of Dubai were astonishing, as you could see for miles. Everything was visible. Being up there and with no control was just one of the greatest feelings ever. As someone who loves an adrenaline rush, that jump definitely satisfied me. The free-fall lasted for about 1 minute, and then Simon pull the string for the parachute to come out, and it just flew us back up higher. From then on out, it was smooth sailing to the ground. You were able to take in the views much better, and not have to wind rushing past your face so quickly. The one negative with the parachute part was definitely the harness, as it was being pulled back up by the parachute; it was pulling on my legs. Felt some pain, but it was bearable. As we were descending, Simon allowed me to control the parachute for a bit. Let me just say, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It took about 6-7 minutes before we reaching the landing zone, and as soon as we touched down, Vitor was already there waiting to record my reaction post-jump. I then walked back into the building, and waited for Simon to return to unstrap me from the harness.
We were then told we would have to wait about 45 minutes to pick up our video and pictures. Since we were in a rush and did not want to waste time, we asked if we could come by the next day to pick it up, which they said was okay. So we quickly got all of our stuff, and headed out, just trying to take in what an amazing experience we just had. For my first time skydiving, I am quite happy I did it in Dubai. It was phenomenal, and not only can I see myself skydiving much more in the future, but I would definitely return to Dubai to do another jump.