The moment I booked a glitch fare to Abu Dhabi for $217.80, I knew my bucket list would be to skydive in Dubai! Here’s a video of my skydive during a solo trip to Dubai.
Preparing for My First Skydive in Dubai
Once my flight was confirmed, I went online to skydivedubai.ae to reserve a spot! I didn’t want the glitch fare plus the popularity of skydiving over Palm Jumeirah to be fully booked by my fellow thrill-seeking travelers visiting Dubai. Reservations require an online deposit of $271.97 (999 AED) towards the full $598.66 (2,199 AED) price tag, which includes photographs and video. The remaining balance is due during the reservation. Deposits are returned only in cases of bad weather, very important to read the requirements listed on the website before making a reservation. Women can weigh no more than 198 pounds with a body mass index (BMI) of 27.5 or less, and men can weigh no more than 220 pounds with a BMI of 30 or less. Women who are pregnant should not skydive. If you have any of the medical conditions listed on the website, you must present a medical release form from your doctor. Do not scuba dive, drink alcohol, or do drugs at least 24 hours before a tandem skydive.
I did not sleep well the night before and was beyond nervous the morning of my skydive. As a precaution, I made sure I stayed hydrated and ate food I was familiar with during the days leading up to my reservation to avoid any sudden illnesses. I arrived by taxi dressed comfortably in leggings, my Howard t-shirt, and Nike sneakers. I showed my passport for identification, stepped on a scale for weight verification, paid the remaining balance, and signed all necessary forms. The building is large and included free Wi-Fi. I waited a couple of hours watching groups ahead of me be called for their jump and then return with a look of bliss. Before I knew it, it was my turn! I briefly got the rundown on what was about to happen by my instructor, the camera started rolling, and then it was time!
Words cannot express the thrill of freefalling at over 120 miles per hour from 13,000 ft. I was so worried about my stomach dropping as if I am on a roller coaster, but instead, I felt like I was flying and not falling! I was shockingly surprised by how strong the wind was that it made it slightly difficult to breathe, but not unbearable. Most people who have seen the pictures, comment on how calm I looked! Once I was in the air, it was the most magnificent sight and experience to take in. The parachute ride down gave a spectacular aerial view! I landed safely on my feet that day, feeling more rejuvenated and alive than ever before. Out of all thrill-seeking adventures I’ve done, I will always recommend skydiving to all ages. I loved it!