Skydiving In Byron Bay

Posted on February 16th, 2012 in Alternative Things To Do,Random Thoughts by Stephanie

Skydiving In Byron Bay

Being an adrenaline junkie, skydiving is something I’ve always wanted to do so on a recent trip to the Gold Coast I finally decided to take the leap, so to speak. It was a kind of spur of the moment decision so I didn’t get the chance to tell any of my family and friends, I didn’t have any sort of life insurance and I hadn’t even packed appropriate shoes or clothing with me on the trip but luckily the skydiving company I jumped with provided all the necessary equipment. I chose to skydive with the company Skydive Byron Bay because they offered the longest freefall in the area of 14,000 feet which is a 70 second freefall!

We were picked up by the free shuttle bus from our holiday apartment in the Gold Coast early in the morning and taken to the drop zone in Byron Bay which was about 2 hours away. After registering our details and filling in all the required forms, we were given skydiving pants to wear and trainers. We were then fitted with a tandem harness which is what hooks you to your tandem skydiving instructor before the jump. After a 5 minute training session on what positions to adopt before jumping and whilst in the air in order to safely complete the tandem skydive, we were now ready to get in the airplane!

The airplane was small and the one that I jumped from fitted around 17 people. It was a little nerve-wracking sitting in the plane because the door was just a flimsy bit of plastic pulled down and I kept feeling like I was going to fall out especially because I was sat just near the door! The view over Byron Bay was spectacular and in no time at all everything was tiny and we had reached 14,000 feet!

The jump wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. I think it just didn’t really dawn on me that I was jumping out of a plane! The scenery was truly breathtaking and before you know it the tandem instructor has opened the parachute and is navigating you back to the drop zone. I opted to have dedicated photos and a video which means that I had my own dedicated camera guy who jumped out just after I did and was opposite me filming the whole time during the freefall.

Back on solid ground I felt like I had dreamed the whole experience. It goes so quickly that I would definitely recommend jumping from at least 14,000 feet so that you get a decent time freefalling. It wasn’t a life changing experience but is something I think everyone should have on their bucket list and was an experience that I really enjoyed and would definitely do again. Activity Superstore have skydiving packages in the UK so I think I may try that next time! :)

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30 Comments »

Comment by Devon Mortgages
2012-02-16 15:34:52

looks perfect, drop straight down to the beach at byron bay and hit the surf.. bonza!!

 
Comment by Carrollton Dentist
2012-02-19 08:30:22

It is scary i think but its fun. Adventurous people will like this.

 
Comment by Mason
2012-02-19 10:48:24

Amazing view. Too bad I am too scared to get into the plane….let alone jump out of it.

 
Comment by Cladding
2012-02-20 09:57:25

This is so cool.. more than adrenaline pumping.. I wonder how does it feel when you’re in the middle of air.. I must try this one day. Does it require any orientation first before you do the actual jump?

 
Comment by Construction Jiggy
2012-02-20 20:39:40

I have always wanted to fly, so skydiving is definitely something I’m going to have to do. I imagine the moment before the leap being very stressful and full of anxiety, but once you’re free falling I’m sure all of the fear evaporates and is replaced by adrenaline and joy. I can’t wait to try it myself someday!

 
2012-02-22 13:23:26

Great picture! Congrats on taking the plunge! Skydiving is on my short list to do. Thanks for sharing… It motivates me to get out and jump!

 
Comment by Gold eagles
2012-02-23 14:26:34

Way to go, nice job! I Love planes, have not sky dived, at least yet …

 
Comment by americki plakari
2012-02-24 20:08:48

Amazing photos. This is so cool.

 
2012-02-25 08:25:53

Skydiving is amazing! I would do it every day if i could, best experience of my life. Had one of the most amazing experiences in my life to date, i’m still finding it hard to put it all into words, thank you.

 
Comment by Maine DJ
2012-02-26 20:38:37

You made the right call getting a dedicated camera operator. You just never know if you’re going to get to do it again, so having that covered the first time means you’ll always have the memory. If you go again, great! But it had scared the ba-cheeses out of you and never wanted to go again, then you’d have nothing.

 
Comment by Jerry
2012-02-29 02:05:55

Wow always wanted to do that, looks really good.. Wanna feel that adrenaline.. maybe some day..

 
Comment by americki plakari
2012-02-29 23:11:38

This is so cool.. Amazing view..

 
Comment by Law firm software
2012-03-06 07:37:08

This is so cool.. more than adrenaline pumping.. I wonder how does it feel when you’re in the middle of air.. I

 
Comment by Daily Deal
2012-03-06 11:10:36

Wow! This is amazing! I’ve always wanted to try skydiving..I’m a very adventurous person and I love to try new challenges. I must try this!

 
Comment by sabs
2012-03-08 21:28:37

Looks amazing and sounds like it was pretty awesome to do but sadly I shall leave this to the adrenaline juknies as yourself as I do not have the nerve.

 
Comment by Americki Plakari
2012-03-12 08:33:15

Amazing view.

 
Comment by Logicshore
2012-03-13 12:43:43

Amazing view.I imagine the moment before the leap being very stressful and full of anxiety.

 
Comment by HM Construction
2012-03-13 12:50:08

Very nice..!

 
Comment by Dome Sticker
2012-03-14 16:54:26

This is so cool! I plan to do it sometime in near future, a definite must for people who are into extreme excitement.

 
Comment by Mark Benson
2012-03-15 10:08:04

This is so cool. More than adrenaline pumping… I surprise how it feels when you’re in the middle of air… I must try this one day.

 
Comment by CJ Tatts
2012-03-17 23:32:18

This looks awesome – I would love to have a go at this.

 
Comment by Rebekah
2012-03-19 20:00:40

I think you probably have to be just a little bit crazy to do this. Can’t imagine wanting to do it but then again it is probably the closest you’ll ever get to actually flying.

 
Comment by Namshi
2012-03-20 06:34:42

It’s too good, i really like bungee jumping and paralleling. But here in Dubai has no more chances after coming from UK. In fact people are not very expert here and not big organizations supporting them.

 
2012-03-20 18:41:38

In my city, we have skydiving too, but we have a lot of mountains and hills overhere. Well, my dream is being a skydiver over a beach, like the photo of the article.

 
2012-03-22 03:08:26

So exciting to do something like this,

 
Comment by Norgeskatalogen
2012-03-22 19:00:33

I did a tandem jump in Norway in a place called Voss, it was sooo exciting! The nerves you got right before you actually stepped off the plane cant be described! I would encourage everyone to try it atleast once because you will never feel something quite like that again hehe.

 
2012-03-26 14:34:56

I have great admiration for people who can do activities like these because I would never have the guts to do it myself. I would want to try it but I would have to be tied to a plane or something LOL. Still I think it’s fascinating how people can have a complete rush over extreme activities like these.

 
Comment by Noah
2012-03-28 07:05:10

wow! Great. I have decided I’m going to start Skydiving .
Thanks for sharing good information.

 
Comment by SteveJohnson
2012-03-29 11:42:46

I wonder how does it feel when you’re in the middle of air.. I must try this one day, I’m going to have to do. I imagine the moment before the leap being very stressful

 
Comment by italian cheese
2012-04-01 20:59:27

Wow how cool that must be. I have always wanted to go skydiving but i am a bit scared of jumping out a good plane.

 
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