Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Sky's No Limit for Keen Adventurer; Rae Wilson's Leap of Faith Proved a Memorable and Exhilirating Experience

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Sky's No Limit for Keen Adventurer; Rae Wilson's Leap of Faith Proved a Memorable and Exhilirating Experience

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aARE you usually this quiet?a asked the man strapped to me.

aNever,a I replied.

I don't usually use one-word responses either but the further I got away from the Sunshine Coast, the closer I was to jumping out of a plane.

And that had me speechless.

The man wedged against my back, Juraj Glesk, hadn't helped matters.

aThis is only my second jump,a he joked when we were introduced.

After the briefest briefing we walked towards the perfectly good plane, albeit with no door, and he quipped, aI've forgotten somethinga.

aWhy are you laughing?a he said.

The guys at Sunshine Coast Skydivers, based at Caloundra Airport, jump out of a plane daily and they bring their dry sense of humour along.

It's hard to laugh when you're worried about wetting your pants but they love teasing nervous first timers.

I had paraglided, jumping off a mountain with a parachute in Switzerland, and I had been parasailing off a boat in Vanuatu.

So I felt an old hand at drifting through the sky under a canopy.

It was the 65-second free fall beforehand that had me worried.

I was saving skydiving for another exotic location but when the opportunity came to do it here on the Sunshine Coast, I thought why not? People from around the world choose here so they can land on a beach after surveying a spectacular coastline from a magnificent blue sky.

It is not an easy leap. You do sign a liability form before jumping which states aparachuting is dangerousa.

But I figure I'm more likely, statistically, to meet a sad fate in a car than leaping from 14,000ft.

That's about four and a half kilometres in the air.

With me I had a 14-year-old boy jumping for his birthday, the minimum legal age you can skydive in Australia, and a former Sunshine Coast girl leaping for her 21st birthday.

The same day there was a marriage proposal and a surprise 40th.

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I was given four instructions.

Cross arms over chest. Head back. Arch body back. Put arms out after a tap on the shoulder. …

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