Being Amazing ......
This week there has been much talk about the new ‘Dunkirk’ film which hit the screens last weekend. Having seen it, it definitely lived up to the hype surrounding it. A major epic, telling the story of the ‘little ships’ that pulled over 400,000 men from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. Saving their lives and ultimately an entire army of servicemen, many of whom went on to fight in other battles of WWII.
Listening to a breakfast programme on the way to work this morning, I was reminded of how small some of these craft really were. Some not much bigger than a rowing boat; the smallest boat to take part being the Tamzine, a 14ft open-topped fishing boat, now in the Imperial War Museum. The men that manned them were of varying ages, one of the youngest being only 14! History is littered with brave deeds, many of which get sadly forgotten with the passage of time.
In the 21st century doing something ‘amazing’ has taken on a whole new meaning. Modern way of life includes building peoples’ self-esteem, encouraging them to do things they may not have even contemplated.
Here at Netheravon, skydiving is a way of life for those who regularly leap out of aircraft from two miles high! However, the majority of those who, for instance, decide to skydive for charity, are anything but confident when they agree to do the same thing. It’s easy to agree to do something over a glass of wine six months before, but how many of us actually carry it through?
Fortunately, the training and confidence building that is given here at the Army Parachute Association, means that the hundreds of people who tandem and solo skydive with us each year come away with a new found confidence in their own ability. As well as doing something to raise money for others less fortunate, many of them military charities; it gives them the will to go forward and do other things well outside their comfort zone, building their own self-esteem and ultimately passing that confidence onto others.
Of course, none of us would be doing anything amazing at all if it hadn’t been for people like those that sailed the ‘little ships’ to Dunkirk over seventy years ago, some of which may have been our fathers and grandfathers. So if you feel that you need to do something special, then why not raise money for your favourite good cause and skydive with the best. Prove just how ‘amazing’ you really are!
“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.”
“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!”
"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."
"First ever tandem skydive....amazing!!! Massive thank you to my instructor Gary u were fab!!!"
"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."
"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!"