You're Never too old .............

14-October-2015 14:29
in General
by Admin

Here at Netheravon we love helping people parachute for the first time!  Especially catching their reaction after that first experience, the like of which covers almost every adjective you can think of from ‘amazing’, ‘exhilarating’, ‘brilliant’, even life changing!   

Recently I was looking at some of our tandem skydive stats for this year and it occurred to me just how many of the over 50’s are parachute jumping for the first time!   How brilliant is that!  It caught my imagination and made me research a little further into those that have been jumping.

Many people are  part of charity groups trying to raise money for their respective good causes, but many of them just simply want to see what it’s all about and to be able to tick it off their ‘bucket list’.

One lady I spoke to a few weeks ago had already been dog sledging in Norway, abseiling and had done a zip wire so I guess a parachute jump was just one more thing to do.  However, her reaction after that jump was just amazing, she said it was one of the most brilliant things she had ever done and that she loved the pure freedom of the freefall!

Just this week I had an email from one gentleman of 78 who had jumped for the first time over the weekend, his note started “Well you were right it was totally amazing.  I loved it”  He passed on his thanks to everyone and ended it by saying that he was now saving up to do the same again for his next birthday and would be bringing his 78 year old  friend with him to do his first jump!

I love that fact that this generation of over 50’s (and I admit to being one of them) are still as adventurous and inquisitive as their predecessors, but even better are able and willing to do something about it! 

Of course, you don’t have to be ‘over 50’ to enjoy something new and anyone from 16 onwards is welcome to tandem skydive here at Netheravon.  Why wouldn’t you – it’s simply the best place to skydive from!

  • “I had a truly awesome experience yesterday, in every way.  I was absolutely terrified but felt totally invincible afterwards and I even fell in love with your cameraman, Mike!  Cam was lovely too and if I decide to do it again it would have to be with him.  It was all very professional, from start to finish. They were a great bunch and I will recommend this to anyone and everyone.  I jumped for the MS Trust and secured £723 in sponsorship so far with promises of more to come.  It is great to feel alive again.”

    Claire Gillett

  • “First ever tandem skydive for worthing churches homeless project today, loved it. Special thanks to my instructor Jay and the cameraman trevor who both made me laugh a lot and really relaxed me! definately want to jump again Thanks guys for a great day!”

    Louise Kidd

  • "First charity tandem skydive done here last Saturday. Despite being extremely scared, the instructors made me feel completely at ease and in safe hands. Highly recommend anyone doing a jump, to do it here. Would definitely consider doing another skydive off the back of this experience despite my fear of heights and flying. Brilliant day and life experience. Thank you."

    Abi Harley

  • "First ever tandem skydive....amazing!!! Massive thank you to my instructor Gary u were fab!!!"

    Michelle Fortet

  • "Amazing Day, looked after from start to finish, great people, very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Pete my tandem partner.. TOP BLOKE he was very professional and experienced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to anyone."

    Michael Taylor

  • "Wow first ever tandem skydive today for oakhaven. Raised over £1000, so thank you all ... with my daughter Leah lopez, amazing surreal, nothing else like it. Thank you to Gary and Jay...... Leah now wants to do more and do a single jump!! Eeek!"

    Becky Evans