Skydiving has always been something that I have been itching to cross off the bucket list. There have been past opportunities, but these have always been either too expensive, or been lacking the beautiful scenery that could truly make jumping out of a plane worth more than the adrenaline rush. Plettenberg Bay is considered one of the world’s most beautiful skydiving spots, so it seemed like the perfect place for my first skydive!
Skydive Plett is the only company in town and they offer tandem jumps with experienced divers from 10,000-12,000ft, with the option to land on the beach or at the airport. Being a budget backpacker and given that this was my first ever skydive, I opted for the standard 10,000ft dive with an airport landing. At 1850R ($185) this was by far the most pricey experience I had whilst in South Africa, but it was worth every penny.
I arrived early in the morning at Plettenberg Bay airport with nothing but excitement on the brain. I was surprised by the absence of nervousness, I expected to be at least a little bit terrified! But this was not the case, I was quite clearly nothing but keen for the adventure!
The tiny aircraft had only one proper seat for the pilot, so we sat in the back with legs outstretched. The 20 minute scenic flight was nothing short of breathtaking, and I recall being unable to stop wriggling in my excitement.
Then after what seemed like only a few minutes, the plane door opened and out we went! If you want to see proof that I giggled upon jumping out of a plane, check out this footage from my skydive!
The feeling of freefalling is almost impossible to describe. All my thoughts just disappeared and all I could feel was excitement, freedom, amazement! Not once did I feel fear, just exhilarated, like I now knew what flying felt like. Once the 22 second freefall was over and the parachute had deployed, I was able to really see the world from a whole different angle and a brand new perspective.
Upon landing this girl could not have wiped the smile from her face if she had tried. There were big grins all around and a good mood that lasted all day! I also made the decision that if my career in midwifery ever fizzled out, I would happily become a skydive instructor!
Camera: GoPro Hero
Hostel: Amakaya Backpackers
Budget: 120-130ZAR for an 8 bed dorm per night
Remember: Closed toed shoes that won’t fall off your feet!
Skydiving: Tandem skydive from 10,000ft with airport landing R1850 ($185) or R2250 ($225) with camera footage. Beach landings and/or dives from 12,000ft also available. Check out Skydive Plett for more info!
So my lovely readers! Have you ever skydived? If so, where did you make your jump? If not, would you be game to in the future?