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In Africa you’ll find many exciting ways to escape your comfort zone, making every trip as life-changing as the last.  Obviously, throwing yourself out of a plane at 10,000 feet is no mean feat so if you’re still finding your way as an an adrenaline junkie, the term, “Screw it, let’s do it!” as coined by Michael Theys, Editor of AfricaFreak could be useful.

Here are Michael’s tips on sky-diving in Namibia (for avoidance of doubt, everyone experiences the **** feeling, but it bears no relation to Trump’s ****hole comments and we take no responsibility for the awesomeness of the views on the way down or the addictive nature of the pursuit and the corresponding effect on your bank balance!)

Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 8.55.59 PMThe decision…

Have you ever thought to yourself: “Screw it, let’s do it!” This is exactly what happened to me as I jumped off the plane over the Namib desert!

Don’t believe me? Watch the video

What you Need to Know About Skydiving in Namibia…

How much does it cost to skydive?

Depending on where you skydive and who you jump with, a tandem skydive will cost you around £150GBP or just over $200 USD.

On top of that, you may have to pay an additional fee if you want video footage of your jump.

How high is the airplane when you take your parachute and jump?

Skydives take place at an altitude of 5000-10 000 feet (10 000 feet = +/- 3000 m).

What is the average speed of a skydive drop?

On average, one drops like a rock at a drastic speed of over 200-220 km/h.

How long does a skydive last?

The first two seconds of a jump are known as the “**** feeling” and, you guessed it, it’s not the best of feelings at the time.

After that, the adrenaline rush kicks in for about 30-35 seconds of pure pleasure free fall.

Once the parachute opens up, you have approximately 3-5 minutes in the air before landing firmly on the ground.

Is it scary to jump off a plane?

The most scary bit is certainly the waiting:

– First you wait for your turn on the ground while the others are jumping. What’s really nice about this part is that you get to experience people’s reactions as they reach the ground. Most people have a huge grin on their face, which is kind of reassuring!

– Then comes the take off. As the minutes go by and the number on your instructor’s altimeter increases, pressure mounts! “Ok, now you’re getting a little nervous!”

– “Oops, the door’s rolling up!” Now you’re ******** yourself! Too late to go back!

Ready set go…you’re gone; and well on your way towards the ground!

Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 8.55.04 PMIs it considered safe to skydive in Africa/Namibia

Whether you are skydiving in Africa, America, Asia or… Antarctica :), there are always risks associated with this extreme sport. That being said, as long as you stick to a serious company with highly qualified personnel you should be fine.

Ground Rush Adventures, the company I jumped with, has a team of very experienced instructors with at least 4000 jumps each. On average, the guys skydive three times a day and over 1000 times a year, so they definitely know what they’re talking about.

Rules are very strict and they are controlled by the Parachute Association of Namibia (PANAM) which is the governing body for all forms of skydiving in Namibia.

The company also has top notch equipment controlled on a regular basis:

Ground Rush Adventures / Skydive Swakopmund own and fly two Cessna 206 U-model aircrafts which are specifically equipped for skydiving complete with handles and roll up doors that make it more comfortable to use for skydiving. The two aircrafts are certified and maintained to the standard of Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA).