Having a bucket list is a great thing, it makes you do things which are normally out of your comfort zone....... For me, sky diving was one of those things that I really wanted to do, but when it came to actually booking myself in, I knew my sub conscious would tell me not to do it.
I was travelling around Europe, and came to a beautiful place known as Interlaken, with Europe’s highest mountain back dropped against rugged terrain in Switzerland’s adventure capital, how could I say no to hauling my ass out of an aeroplane high above the Earth's surface?
We signed our lives away and had a quick safety briefing by one of the instructors. “bend your knees under the plane, put your head back, hips forward”. It was all getting very real now.
We boarded the one way plane to the sky and had a magnificent view of the alps from above the clouds. The instructors were able to take photos and videos for those who had ordered them (highly recommended).
All of a sudden, the light for 'drop zone' came on, we moved forward to the edge of the plane, my knees were bent, head was back and hips forward, and with a blink of the eye, we were off. Free falling. WHAT A RUSH! The feeling of free falling is second to none, and nothing you would ever hope to imagine.
The instructor tapped me on the shoulder after 5 seconds of freefall once he had stabilized us and I was able to give a big thumbs up to the camera. After a while of free falling (which only seemed like about 10 seconds, but the video shows it was 35-40 seconds) the parachute was up, and we made a landing right by the runway we had taken off from. (see photos below)
The crew at Skydive Switzerland were welcoming and knew what they were doing. They seemed relaxed, but were orchestrated in all of their safety checks making it one of the safest extreme activities around. They definitely knew when it was time to work, and when it was time to play.
I would recommend Skydive Switzerland as a company to jump with. They have a great team, run good safety checks and adequate briefings, take awesome photos/video, and as one of the instructors reassured us, “if the parachute doesn't open then they have to do lots of paperwork and the jump will be for free!”. Nothing to worry about..... any questions just ask.
Would you recommend Skydive Switzerland: Yes, most definitely
Overall destination rating: 4 out of 5