A skydive! Something on every adrenaline chaser’s bucket list, and something I decided to do as soon as I was old enough. I’ve always enjoyed pushing boundaries but this was going to be one of the most extreme things I’d done in my whole life!
Three months before my sixteenth birthday I decided to book my skydive because it was something I’d always wanted to do but, when thinking about it more I decided that instead of just taking on a new I chose to raise money for the Royal Marines charity as my father and two of my Uncles are ex marines and I believe the charity does amazing work to help former/serving soldiers and their families. I knew the money I would raise would go towards a great cause and help many soldiers that have previously served/ are still serving our country!
The day came along pretty fast and before I could think about it, I was sat in a fluorescent orange jumpsuit ascending 13,000ft into the sky. Strangely enough I wasn’t feeling nervous at all and just couldn’t wait to make my jump! On the plane I was surrounded by some people who were also doing their first jump, and the instructors who had already done hundreds – all of us were super excited!
The jump itself was absolutely amazing and an experience I would highly recommend to everyone! Free falling from 13,000ft in the sky feels just as incredible as it sounds and I would love to do it again!
In under three months I managed to raise over £800 for the Royal Marines Charity thanks to the great support from my friends and family. And, in September last year I was able to visit the commando training centre in Lympstone to meet the people who help run the charity. I also got to see the recruits training to be Commandos and it made me proud that I had chosen such a good charity to support.
Overall it was such a great experience, from the jump itself to meeting the people I could help and, if you are someone considering doing a skydive, my only advice would be – what are you waiting for?