My First Tandem Skydiving Experience with Pacific Coast Skydiving

October 31, 2018

“You are crazy!” Yes, that’s the first thing my friends and family told me when I informed them that I will be skydiving on my birthday.

In 2007, after I watched the Bucket List movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, I decided to create my own bucket list. I thought it would be fun to have a list of things that I want to do before I kick the bucket. 

And skydiving was number one on my bucket list. Because I'm that crazy! 

As a girl from a small town, I thought jumping out of a plane would cost me everything I have. I’m talking about money, and possibly my life. I honestly never thought I would be able to check skydiving off my bucket list. Thanks to my ever-supportive husband for booking a tandem skydiving as my birthday surprise last year.

Without further ado, let me share with you our skydiving journey and our photos. 

Research and Booking: 
The idea to free-fall 10,500 feet out of a plane came after Daniel and I were deciding how we celebrate my 31st birthday. We were choosing between dining at the highest restaurant in LA, spending the weekend in Las Vegas, or Skydiving. Of course, we chose skydiving! 

“Are we seriously doing this?”, I said. Daniel laughed and replied, “Let’s do it. What’s the worst could happen?” 

While we were doing our research, we stumbled upon this rated 5-star skydiving school in San Diego called Pacific Coast Skydiving. All their reviews are good. So we decided we’d book our tandem skydiving with them through their website

D-Day: June 17 - After my birthday:
We woke up to a beautiful day in Irvine. We drove from Hanford to LA the day before our skydiving. We decided to stay at my boss’s apartment on my birthday. We took our sweet time that morning as we fail to check how far the skydiving place is. Because of that, we were stuck in traffic and ended up being late for almost 3 hours. I called the Pacific Coast Skydiving on our way to the location, letting them know that we were getting late due to traffic, and thankfully, they were still willing to accommodate us.

As soon as we get there, we filled out the form and signed the waiver. And then we waited for our turn to jump.

Our instructors were Luke and John, and they truly gave us an amazing experience. John had this fun attitude that made it impossible for me to worry or even be nervous before and during our dive. He kept telling us funny stories. Luke was the quiet type but still very accommodating. 

Luke and John helped us put on our skydiving gear. They took us to the flight area, and we waited a couple minutes for our plane. It was a pretty small plane. Enough for the 5 of us, me, Daniel, John, Luke and the pilot. The pilot gave us a sky tour for about 10 or 15 minutes. 

Our plane was flying close to the border of Mexico, and we had pretty good views of Tijuana and San Diego. 

At 10,500 feet, you’d see amazing views of the earth. 

Anyway, the pilot gave John and Luke heads up as we get closer to the drop zone. Both checked our gear again and made sure we are tightly attached to them. Daniel jumped first; he was screaming.

I started getting nervous after I saw Daniel free falling. I was like, “Holy Moly, what if the parachute won’t open?”. But hey, there’s no turning back. I was up there, and my guy was ready to push me out. 

When I felt that we were about to jump, I closed my eyes and screamed. Oh God! As we were tumbling in the air, I opened my eyes, I could see the plane right in front of us. The view made me feel like I won a lottery. I was flying like a bird; I can see everything from above. I felt so free. I was like, “Man, this is life!”.

Luke allowed me to maneuver the parachute before we landed. It was awesome. When you pull one side of the parachute, you can change directions. I got us spinning for few seconds. That experience was incredible, and everything was caught on video. Which I highly recommend getting a video package if you ever plan on doing skydiving.

Even though I was so nervous, I would still want to do skydiving again. I will never forget that experience until the day I die. 

A shout out to my hubby. Thanks for helping me check an item off my bucket list. I love you! 

P.S. We would 100% recommend Pacific Coast Skydiving, and we will be back again!

Check them out: 
Pacific Coast Skydiving

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