Sky diving at 15,000 feet-living the dream in Wanaka, New Zealand

Sky diving at 15,000 feet-living the dream in Wanaka, New Zealand

So there I was. FINALLY. Opened my eyes at the edge of the airplane and shut them again tight…But I digress. Back to the beginning.

In my early 20’s I had decided that my 30th Birthday would be in New Zealand and I’d be jumping out of an airplane to celebrate. That’s right, this idea for skydiving has been long in the making. I had to wait a while. I thought it might not ever happen.

Fast forward to birthday #32.

Mike and I embarked on a road trip through New Zealand’s South Island. And the energetic folks over at Skydive Wanaka made my dream come true.

Lets go skydive!

Looking back on it, I am glad I waited to write about my experience because I can say, a few months later, this is still the most exciting thing I have ever done.

Hello gorgeous Wanaka

The whole event felt like a dream. A dream I want to relive over and over! 

So high apparently I need oxygen

No more words needed to describe this.

Can I get a HELL YEA

And then a mid air handshake:

‘Hi’ five!


The crew at Skydive Wanaka could not have been more gracious, the instructors even sang a little mariachi rendition of Happy Birthday to me on the flight up! I had to be dragged away since all I wanted to do was get back up in that plane. I was high all day. I admit, I called my mama right after and I cried like a baby with happiness.

What is important is that you live your dream-and that day I lived mine!

 Some skydiving tips from a beginner:

  1. Its perfectly alright to have your eyes closed on the way out. It matters not, what matters is YOU are JUMPING OUT OF AN AIRPLANE! Of course, open your eyes as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.
  2. Be aware that during the descent, if you get motion sickness, you might feel a bit dizzy. I suffer from motion sickness and unfortunately all you can do at that point is breathe deep and try to forget about it. 
  3. Smile big! Especially if you have paid for video! 
  4. If you suffer from above mentioned motion sickness you might want to skip the big brekkie, I heard stories of vomiting and you don’t want to do that to your nice instructor do you?

 I could not have picked a more gorgeous destination with the lakes and snow capped mountains. I would have loved to skydive here in Australia but it looks like its not going to happen on this trip. That’s alright, I am already planning to see where I can do it again soon in my travels-Greece perhaps?

Here is my awesome skydiving video! Don’t miss the air leg kick, its legend. Have you ever been skydiving? If not, is it on your list for the future? Where would you want to do it?

Skydiving in Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand from Mica Ivealis Rodriguez on Vimeo.

Disclaimer: Skydive Wanaka might have given me a tiny discount to jump out of a plane with a perfect stranger but they did not ask me to rave about it or cry like a baby to my mama.

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