Being in a state of denial isn’t always a bad thing; especially not when you are sitting in an aircraft ascending to 10,000 feet and are wearing a bright blue jumpsuit!
Victoria Falls volunteer Lucy Argyle was still feeling calm at this stage, despite the fact that she was about to take part in a tandem skydive to raise funds for ALERT. It wasn’t until the safety briefing that the enormity of what was ahead of her began to hit Lucy. ‘The worst part of it was when the instructor described the bit where you are hanging out of the plane waiting to go’, she recalled. ‘At that point, I did think about backing out.’ But, as Lucy told the instructor, she was doing it for the lions, so backing out wasn’t an option.
Initial fears aside, once Lucy was actually outside the aircraft she began to love the experience. ‘I don't think a fear of heights applies when you're that high up, because your brain just doesn't comprehend it’, she explained. ‘It was probably scarier coming in to land; it felt like being on a really good rollercoaster!’
Now safely back on solid ground, Lucy is sad her skydiving escapade is over and is even considering signing up for a course of further jumps.
Congratulations on completing your jump Lucy and many thanks from everyone at ALERT.
Lucy’s friend Laura Marie Gibson, who she met when they both volunteered at Victoria Falls, was due to carry out her own skydive for ALERT a few days later, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Laura has since re-booked her jump, so watch this space...
If you would like to skydive in aid of ALERT, you can find out more details here.