Tim Oakes

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Friday, April 21, 2006

What was it like?

Liz Hinds bellows from the crowds. Well making the choice to leave a plane at 12000ft is not something that is easily expressed in words but I'll try.

Six of us were jumping from Linden and I think it's fair to say I was by far the most worried about doing it. Somehow everyone else veiled themselves with a thin veneer of confidence and excitement but I'm sure they all soiled themselves at some point! We had to go in pairs and (being the real men that we are) Ben and I went last. After a long wait and lots of weather holds we got kitted up and signed further legal disclaimers. It was just prior to boarding the plane that I over heard Barry (my instructor with 25 years military experience) sharing how it was just last year he had ‘lost’ one his boys in America! It’s not exactly what you hope to hear before you do this for the first time. As we started our ascent my fear turned to excitement. Prior to out exit height we quickly learnt the skydivers handshake. I guess it’s for good luck, not that I believe that a lucky handshake can make a difference, but it’s not a time to put it to the test!

At this point all straps got very tight and I got closer to Barry than I maybe would have liked. In the words of the spice girls, two became one! Still feeling excited we shuffled to the door where I then had to lift my feet off the floor… A small expletive did pop out but I am still a Christian! And we jumped. The speed at which you travel is out of this world and something that nobody tells you is just how cold it is but it was such a rush. After the chute had been deployed we graciously floated for around 5 minutes where we executed a text book landing. Ben flopped on his arse but I could have been James Bond in a tux ready for a candle lit dinner!

There’s a rumour that Sue Brown (Ben’s lovely mum) enjoyed it so much she is thinknig of getting her licence and going solo!

Pictures will be on the way soon.


  • At 10:26 am, April 22, 2006, Blogger Liz said…

    Well done, Tim - on actually writing in your blog!

    No, even more well done for doing what most of us wouldn't dare (some of us faint just giving blood so, hey, you're a hero to me).

    Have a great birthday today and I promise not to mention the p word again.

    And if you lot out there haven't given yet, give, give, give! It's an excellent cause.

  • At 1:02 am, April 24, 2006, Blogger Cat said…

    Most impressed you did it. Tempted to go again?

  • At 6:31 am, April 25, 2006, Blogger Tim Oakes said…

    Given the opportunity I would love to do it again but it's quite an expensive hobby so I'm not sure I'll be getting my licence anytime soon!

  • At 3:14 pm, April 27, 2006, Blogger miss m said…

    Well done Tim! I am very proud of you.

  • At 9:19 pm, May 09, 2006, Blogger justyn said…

    was just reading tims lovealls compertion. Do you know Chris? Hes a bit of a legend

  • At 4:07 pm, May 12, 2006, Blogger Tim Oakes said…

    I don't know know him I've just met him. I wish i did though - what a hero - alllwwight!

  • At 11:06 pm, May 18, 2006, Blogger justyn said…

    hes fmaous in new zealnad


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