Search
  • Rathin Shah

I jumped off the plane in Prague!

Updated: Aug 23, 2018




June 20, 2016.

Prague, Czech Republic.

The D-day was finally here! I had been waiting for this day for as long as I could remember. It was a childhood dream of mine – to skydive! To feel the blast of cold, fresh air while the exhilarating rush of adrenaline engulfs you, as you freefall. I woke up, only to realize that it was the worst possible start to this day. It was pouring heavily. No chance we could skydive in such weather.


But just as the proverbial darkest hour before the dawn, things changed. Rains stopped. The sun came out. And the weather Gods shined. I made my way to Old Town Square in Praha and headed to the skydiving company’s office. I had registered a jump through skydiving-prague.com ; I highly recommend those guys. No hassles and a lot of fun. They’re also one of the cheapest ones in Europe. INR 16k for a 15k feet jump (with an accompanying cameraman capturing the full video). It’s cheaper for a jump without the video, but hey – when are you going to do this again? Might as well capture this enthralling moment. The cost includes the 1 hour drive out to the airstrip in the Czech countryside. Sweet deal!

Signed the hallowed dotted line, and off we went for the experience. They took about 4-5 of us in the SUV out on the beautiful drive through the farms. And then, looming around the horizon, we spotted the airstrip. The excitement was increasing with every passing minute. We were given all the preliminary training, the dos and the don’ts. We were introduced to our instructors and co-divers. Geared up, dressed, locked and loaded. Good to go.

The moment of truth. Upon us.

Time to board the plane.


We went from 200 kmph to 10 kmph in a matter of 2 seconds. Beat that Bugatti!

It took us about 20 mins of ascend to reach 15,000 feet above sea level, all the while nervously smiling at the co-divers. After what seemed like eternity, the co-pilot opened the door. With a monstrous wave of cold air rushing inside the plane, reality hit us hard. Damn, this seemed way higher. This was nuts. And then, it was my turn to jump. The heartbeat was off the roof – I could hear it over the noise of the airplane. My instructor began the countdown.

5

.

4

.

3

.

PUSH. JUMP! (Imagine beat drop in the background)


THAT’S RIGHT! He didn’t count till 1 because apparently, a lot of people chicken out at the last second. So they just push you at 3. Quite metaphorical, I would say. In life, you’ll never probably be 100% ready for something. After a certain time, you’ve just got to take a leap of faith. But I digress. Coming back to the jump – we whizzed through the clouds freefalling our way at over 200 kmph (yep – that’s true). Finally, through all the height and wind, our parachute popped and it instantly broke our speed. We went from 200 to 10 in a matter of 2 seconds. Beat that Bugatti!

To the beautiful view of the Czech landscape below, we landed smoothly and I felt exhausted for some reason. Like I’d just sprinted 10 miles. Maybe it was the adrenaline. They give you a complimentary meal and a pass to the Prague City Pub Crawl (which by the way, I highly recommend doing) post the jump.


I felt genuinely happy to have finally ticked off a major item from my (ever-increasing) bucketlist.


74 views

© 2018 by Rathin Shah. All images captured by author. No external images used.

About Me

With so many well established travel blogs, I’m pretty sure no random person is going to find themselves on the ‘About me’ page of my blog. If you do, you’re clearly (kind) friends and family – in which case you already know about me. 

 

But to the 3 random people who have found themselves here today, firstly – you’ve had too much of internet. Secondly, let me tell you a bit about myself. 

 

I’m currently a 25 year old aspiring entrepreneur trying to make sense of my current situation. I graduated from BITS Pilani University in India, as an engineer (surprise!) and worked at J.P. Morgan, a financial firm, for about 2 years. But always wanting to start something of my own, I left my job in 2017 to pursue my startup. About 18 months into this startup journey, I still haven’t got the hang of it. Hence, I flinch to call myself an entrepreneur – yet. But even with all this, the one thing that has remained constant for me has been my love for travel. As cliché as it sounds, I like to get lost in the streets of an unknown place and soak in the soul of a new place every now and then. 

 

You know how they say, people go on a Eurotrip once and fuel their Instagram feed from the photos for the next 5 years? They’re right. I’m guilty of that. But well, you’re more than welcome to sponsor a new trip for me. I’ll put new photos, I promise. Anyway, this blog does not aim to list down the top ‘13 things to do in Prague’ or the ’17 things you should definitely experience in your meaningless life’. No. There are way too many revered blogs, listicles, articles, books and shows that talk about it all. I’m no Anthony Bourdain. But, I simply wish to share my experiences and my take on travel. Why would you be interested in such a thing – I don’t know. But since you’re here anyway, I suggest you go through my 2 cents. 

 

Welcome to the blog. I hope you have a good time.

 

Rathin Shah