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Skydiving: a must-have Adventure in Puerto Rico

What’s in your Bucket list? I wrote mine a few months ago. At the top of the list was one of the most extreme things I wanted to do: skydiving.

With all that has been going on in the world during this year, I thought I wouldn’t be able to do anything from my list but life proved me wrong.

And a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to cross that first item on the list.

Here is my experience skydiving in Puerto Rico.

The weather for Skydiving

A friend and I made an appointment with Xtreme Divers, a company located in Arecibo. On the first day of our appointment, it was very windy and we couldn’t make the jump for safety reasons. The personnel explained to us that the wind affects the way the parachute approached the floor and trying to land with inappropriate conditions could result in an injury.

So we had to return a second day.

The waiting

We waited around one hour and a half to make the jump since there was a list of people before us. You wait in an open area with tables under a wood roof.

From where we were sitting, we saw a few groups before us take off in the plane (more like a light aircraft). After about 25 minutes you could see the parachutes floating around in the sky, getting closer and closer to the green field next to the tracks.

Preparation

The preparation

As the moment approached, our instructors helped us get into the harness. Note: you will walk like a penguin with one of those on.

They fastened the straps and proceeded to give the instructions to follow before, during, and after the jump, which I can resume by saying they are in control of everything. Just make sure to follow along, and do what you’re told and everything will be ok.

If you bought the package that included photos and videos, a girl will take pictures of you and your friends in different areas. Later, your instructor (the one that you will be attached to) will interview you.

After that, it is time to walk towards the plane.

skydiving preparation

The Rise

The aircraft is a bit jammed if you are jumping with someone else. In total, there were five people inside: the two instructors, the pilot, my friend and I.

Another note: If you are claustrophobic, this probably isn’t for you. I was the one sitting next to the door, so I could find some kind of comfort in the view.

And yet another note: if you don’t feel comfortable with not having personal space whatsoever between you and your instructor, again, this isn’t for you. In fact, being close to your instructor inside the cabin is necessary (and unavoidable due to the little space) because they need to attach your harness to them. After all, they are the ones with the parachutes, you don’t want that to go wrong.

It takes about twenty minutes to get up to 10,000 feet in the air. And when you reach that point, the door from the aircraft opens.

The jump, finally skydiving

I was the first one. The breeze came in strong. It was cold and humid. 10,000 feet below you couldn’t distinguish much more than green and brown colors.

The instructor gave me the instructions one more time. He positioned himself: one foot outside, on top of a metal bar sticking out from the plane. By doing so, I was guided (and forced) to put my two feet on it too.

He recorded me for a moment. I said hi to the camera, not giving much thought about what I was going to do.

And at the count of three, I was falling.

My stomach sank and turned over as we rolled in the sky, similar to the type of feeling you get when you ride a rollercoaster. Nonetheless, after a few seconds, we settled, and I was looking down below.

We stayed free-falling for approximately forty seconds and then the instructor opened the parachute, which pulled us upwards abruptly.

After that, he asked me how I was doing and handed me the strings to guide the parachute. We twirled around in the air for the rest of the time. At some point, I could see my friend with her instructor above me.

Skydiving

 

 

The landing

As we approached the floor I had to lift my knees to my chest. Two comrades from the team were waiting to help us reach the ground safely.

After we were safe on land, the instructor detached me and interviewed again.

At this point, I felt I needed something to eat. The adrenaline had consumed the little glucose left in me. Another note: bring a snack.

And as I looked up to the sky and saw my friend getting closer to the ground I whispered to myself: “I did it. I did Skydiving in Puerto Rico”.

 

What’s in your bucket list for this year?

Landing

5 Comments

  • Pam

    WOW! Your adrenaline must’ve been SOARING. I have to admit, I don’t think I could muster up the courage to do skydiving. It’s not even the fall I’d be most scared of. Just the landing aha!

    Great post!

    • nessawriter

      Pam, oh yes, it was soaring! If you had asked me if I would do it a year or two ago, the answer would have been no! I’ve always been the book-worm type! If I could, you can too! 😀

  • Thea Octavo

    Wow! This is definitely one of my dream activities! Im just scared to experience this because of heights lol! You are so so brave!! I guess my bucket list for this year is to simply go to the beach safely. COVID19 really traumatized everyone.

    • nessawriter

      Yeah, it can be scary at first! But I just told myself it was going to be over before I knew it! 😅 – Yes, with COVID, our options are limited and anything done should always be done with all the safety measures.

  • Sandra Ans

    Omg, such a cool post and wonderful experience!!!!! I have done only paragliding but also that was a big step because it never was on my bucket list. Once in Turkey, I saw the advertisement and on the next day, I was flying… Amazingly spontaneously! 😀

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