On Saturday the 21st of June Dan Smith and Scott
Finch took part in a charity skydive at Langar Airfield in Nottingham
to raise money for Meningitis Research. The event was organised by
Skyline and was also a World record attempt for the most tandem sky
dives in one day.
There were on average about 6 skydivers going up
every 10mins which meant the skies were soon filled with the bright colours
of parachutes and everywhere you looked another chute was opening.
They were descending from a height of 12,000 feet, free falling for
a minute or 2 then the Parachute would open and they were sailing
through the air for about 5 minutes then gently
touching down were there were screams of joy and relief ! It was
Scott and Dan's First ever Tandem Skydive and their feelings
were mixed between excitement, anticipation and pure FEAR !
Their jumps weren't until 2 'O'clock so they had a
while to wait so in this time they had chance to watch the other
jumpers come flying down and see the emotions of other people.
After what had felt like an age it was finally
their time to jump so they headed for the check in desk were they
had to sign on and run through a few security checks. After a short
briefing about how to pack the parachutes and how to conduct
themselves when in free fall they were of to meet their tandem
partners and prepare for take off.
The final checks were made and soon they were
heading for the plane that quickly whisked them up to 12,000 feet
and to jumping point. One after one they shuffled to the open door
of the plane and 1...2...3... jump !
The first few seconds on leaving the plane were
like no other feeling in the world, your heart stops your body
freezes and its like you are completely free and disconnected from
the world. Inevitably the parachute rip cord was pulled and then suddenly they
were gently sailing through the air as graceful as a bird down to
ground were they were both met with feelings of sheer delight and
The whole day was superbly organised by the
Meningitis Research Foundation and Skyline and all that took part
came away with a real sense of achievement and a life ambition
Both Dan and Scott had an amazing day and were
very please to have been involved in this event and to be included
in the new world record for the most Tandem Skydives in one day !
Over £500 was raised by Dan and Scott through
sponsorship from friends and family for their parachute jumps and
the money went straight to The Meningitis Research Foundation.
This event was organised by skyline, if you
yourself are interested in doing a charity skydive and would like to
find out more information