Today Zachery got to experience the best adventure of his life…he also got to cross an adventure off his bucket list! Skydiving at Sunshine Coast provided Zac’s 16th Birthday Present. We asked Zac a few months back what he wanted for his birthday.
This year we wanted to provide an experience for Zac that he would never ever forget! He started to talk about Jumping out of a plane….a perfectly good plane. So glad that this was his wish!
Skydiving Sunshine Coast – Skydive Ramblers
We rang around to see which company on the Sunshine Coast could provide the “Best Experience Ever”. Skydive Ramblers was the company that offered the best fun, the friendliest staff on the phone, answered our email with interest (and in the fastest amount of time!!) and gave us the best deal.
Their email was also what got us interested….they replied with the following…
“We are FAMOUS FOR FUN and will give your son the most amazing experience of his life!!!”
Shared From Skydive Ramblers Sunshine Coast website!
Now That Is What I Call a Fantastic Business Guarantee 🙂
His jump was booked for Sunday 4th at 9.00am. So this morning we headed out the door – very very early (for me anyway)! Two of our boys ate their corn flakes in the car, so that we could get there with plenty of time to spare! David and I had our coffee at home, and Zac (plus Nic) being early risers had eaten hours before we left home.
Arriving At Skydive Ramblers
Sunshine Coast – Skydiver Ramblers
When we got to Skydive Ramblers we walked over to the big blue building, and were greeted by the friendliest staff. They didn’t even know who we were (until we introduced ourselves!)….All of the Staff are so friendly!
After filling out the paperwork, and looking around the club house…it was time for Zac to get his harness on. It was so funny watching him get fitted up for the jump – it almost looked like a nappy! At first it was put on lose, it was to be tightened up when they got to the plane.
Watching Zac Get His Harness on!
Harness is still lose at this stage!
I kept asking Zac if he was alright? He kept telling me he was ok, and he was still smiling (at this stage anyway!)
Giving Zach One Last Hug Before he Jumps!
Within minutes we were all in the van, and heading to the airport. Before we knew it, Zac and another guy (who was jumping for his 40th Birthday gift) jumped out of the van with two of the guys from Skydive Ramblers – it was time for them to go up high!
Zachery Still Smiling In The Plane!
As the guys took care of Zac, we stayed in the van and headed to the drop off point!
Zac About To Jump out of a Perfectly Good Plane!
The big orange “X” was placed on Coolum Beach to mark the landing spot, and it was time for us to wait. We could see the plane climbing up higher and higher, at some points we couldn’t even see the plane but we could hear it 🙂
The Plane Heads To 14,000 Feet
Zachery Is Almost Out!
While we were all waiting on the ground the plane was heading up to 14,000 Feet. There was 2 guys on the ground from Skydive Ramblers who set up the orange “X” on the ground, and who also had walkie talkies. Within next to no time the first tandem jumpers were out – and then before we knew it Zac with his amazing instructor – Ceri – was following behind.
Zac is now in the Air!
At first we thought two parachutes were together. But then we soon realised that the first guy (the one who was celebrating his 40th Birthday) chute hadn’t opened properly so they had to let it go, and were using the back up Parachute. It is something that only happens like 1 in every 1,100 jumps – I think that was what the guys were saying..its very rare for a Parachute to not open the right way! At least that guy got his money worth for his Birthday gift!
Zachery is gliding down
Watching Zac Coming Down
It was the most amazing experience watching Zac coming down!
Zachery In The Sky!
Imagine the View!
Can only imagine what Zac was feeling…..it was like watching a bird soar into the wind….it was so calming – he glided over the waves, over the trees and then landed into the sand. He had a perfect landing….he was grinning from ear to ear! We are so proud of him – he had a dream to jump out of a plane, and now he can cross that one of his bucket list!
After Wards – Going Back To Skydiving Ramblers
Getting Ready to Land – on the beach!
After Zac jumped we got a few photos on the beach, spoke to the other family, and then headed back to the van. He was still grinning from ear to ear – I have never ever seen him so happy!
We headed to where the guys from Skydiving Ramblers thought the Parachute was (the one that didn’t open fully) and they went into the dense bushland. Within about 10 minutes they were back….without the Parachute – they couldn’t find it on foot so for the next flight up they were going to search from the air and direct the guys on the ground for it!
Back At Skydiving Ramblers
When we got back to Skydivers Ramblers Sunshine Coast we headed into the club house to watch the DVD’s and photos on the big screen…it was so good to sit on red comfy lounge chairs, and watch the big Screen DVD of Zac Jumping. His instructor Ceri took lots of great photos and videos from Zac getting ready in the club house, to standing outside on the deck, to up in the plane, to even getting ready to jump out of the plane 🙂
Our Younger Boys were kept busy while we watched the Big Screen!
While we were watching the DVD with all of the preparations (going up high enough to jump) and getting his legs out of the plane, everyone that was getting ready to go next, got to watch Zac and his facial expressions! It was amazing to see how scary it looked, and we were not even going up!
Zac watched his facial expressions, and re-live the experience all over again.
On The Ground – Grinning From Ear to Ear
He loved every minute of his jump, and he is now addicted to jumping out of a plane – he wants to go back up and do it all over again. He is now talking about how he can go about getting his own licence!
Here is the Video of Zachery Jumping out of a perfectly good plane!
Words From Zac…..
“Jumping gave me the biggest adrenaline rush I have ever felt. The Exit from the Plane was the most challenging of it all, but once in free fall, it was the most amazing experience. I am definitely doing it all over again. I intend to get my licence eventually. Skydiving Ramblers at Sunshine Coast gave me a thrill of a lifetime”
Thanking you so much Susie From Skydiving Ramblers – and your amazing team! Zac and New Life on the Road highly recommends your service, your company, your friendly staff and the adventure…..you guys rock.
When you are looking at Skydiving and you are in the Sunshine Coast area, then you need “Skydiving Ramblers – Famous For Fun”. Please let them know that Lisa and family from New Life on the Road sent you on over 🙂
Location:- Skydive Ramblers Clubhouse, Kittyhawk Close, Sunshine Coast Airport, Marcoola, Qld, Australia
Phone:- 07 5446 1855
* Please note that Skydiving Sunshine Coast “SkyDive Ramblers” (and New Life on the Road) took very good care of Zachery for his Birthday. If you have any FAQ about skydiving then you need to read Skydiving Ramblers FAQ information page.
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