“I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky…”

Really.

I think most of you will find it out of character for me to try something like skydiving, but I did!

We only live once. I regretted not trying it during my previous Sydney trip with HTC. That’s why I am back again to complete where I left off.

This tandem skydiving blog post with Skydive The Beach at Wollongong will conclude my Sydney with Scoot series. Here’s a video documenting the entire adventure:

The tandem skydiving experience with Skydive The Beach was exhilarating.

Skydive the Beach, Wollongong

Skydive the Beach, Wollongong

Everything was very professional, from the insurance forms to the safety briefing. The one-to-one instructors who did the tandem skydives with us were a fun bunch, keeping cheery and warm to help you get rid of any fear. Most of them have clocked over 500 dives individually, with some having skydive as many as 2000 to 3000 over times! We were clearly in good hands.

I have tried indoor skydiving at iFly at Sentosa before, but nothing beats the real deal.

Me with my instructor, prior to the dive

Me with my instructor, prior to the dive

As the plane flew high up the air, I knew it was way too late to pull back. I find myself surprisingly calm throughout, enjoying the scenery outside the plane and marveling at how small the world suddenly looks.

The small aircraft that brought us up into the air for the dive

The small aircraft that brought us up into the air for the dive

Me making a feeble victory sign as the plane took off

Me making a feeble victory sign as the plane took off

Me walking like a champion when I was really a little jittery inside

Me walking like a champion when I was really a little jittery inside

All hyped up for the jump

All hyped up for the jump

Plane taking off

Plane taking off

Higher...

Higher…

And higher...

And higher…

Altitude meter

Altitude meter

Excited

Excited

Inside the plane

Inside the plane

Put on my safety goggles

Put on my safety goggles

Then, the plane door slided open and out popped the first pair. My instructor and I were the third pair to jump out of the plane. I just had to gently lean my body backwards and the instructor did the rest of the work, including taking photos and videos.

Door is open now

Door is open now

Me leaping out of the plane with my instructor

Me leaping out of the plane with my instructor

Ah....................

Ah………………..

Easy. So easy you will have no time to hesitate or think about fear. The next second, you are already in free fall!

Once out of the plane, both my ears popped and were blocked. I could not hear anything, including my voice. I was momentarily lost as I felt the wind flap across my face and body.

I could feel the flesh on my chubby cheeks, flapping like chicken wings. Here are some very handsome photos of me in free fall:

Shit face

Shit face

Me doing a Homer Simpson impression

Me doing a Homer Simpson impression

I thought I look really cool when this photo was taken...

I thought I look really cool when this photo was taken…

Free-fall!

Free-fall!

Flying!

Flying!

Another shit face photo

Another shit face photo

My instructor is really like a boss - can still pose nice nice for the camera

My instructor is really like a boss – can still pose nice nice for the camera

The parachute has opened

The parachute has opened

Maneuvering the parachute for landing

Maneuvering the parachute for landing

I got to steer the parachute

I got to steer the parachute

Landing

Landing

End of my tandem skydiving!

End of my tandem skydiving!

Although it lasted only about a minute, the dive was amazing! Words are hard to describe the experience, but the R. Kelly song, “I Belive I Can Fly” keeps ringing in my head.

Recounting my experience upon landing

Recounting my experience upon landing

My certificate for completing the dive

My certificate for completing the dive

Other people landing their parachutes

Other people landing their parachutes

Close-up of a pair

Close-up of a pair

These ladies skydived too

These ladies skydived too

Yes, I am flying!

After one jump, would I try it again?

Why not? 🙂

If you are in Sydney next time, consider trying tandem skydiving. More details on the rates and packages are available on Sydive The Beach website. They have packages for wedding proposals and other special occasions as well. If you are looking for a wedding memorable wedding proposal, why not consider this?

Skydive The Beach is currently in the running for the TNT Golden Backpack Awards  – an award that recognises companies who make backpacking around Australia and New Zealand that extra bit special. I voted for them to show some love. Do vote too. 🙂

With this post, it is time to say bye bye to Sydney again… till the next trip.

Read my other Sydney with Scoot blog posts:

Dinner at Ms. G’s at Potts Point

Illawarra, Wollongong Day Trip

Dinner and Theatre at The Star

Wild Life Sydney and Madame Tussauds Sydney at Darling Harbour

Sydney Harbour Bridge BridgeClimb and Lunch at Otto Ristorante

Opera House Tour and Dinner at Cruise Restaurant

Quarter Twenty One Cooking Class

Scooting to Sydney with HTC One X on Instagram

New Singapore Low-Cost Carrier Scoot launched its Worldwide Inaugural Flight from Singapore to Sydney

Alvinology is Going On Scoot’s Inaugural Flight to Sydney, Australia!