Swakopmund is Namibia’s adventure capital, so I couldn’t say no to skydiving there for my first time, especially since it’s one of the cheapest places to skydive in the world. I know the words “skydiving” and “cheap” don’t sound like they should ever go together, but Swakopmund Skydiving Club is one of the best skydiving schools in the world, so why not?
For a tandem skydive, they charge $2100 NAD (about $210 CAD) and $850 NAD ($85 CAD) if you want someone to skydive with you to film and take photos of your dive (I chose this). Or you can pay a little less to have a GoPro attached to your front, which films your face while skydiving (but I would advise against this because I saw the footage of a guy I went skydiving with and it was horrifically unflattering and embarrassing).
We got into a tiny plane with no door and climbed to 10,000ft (3000m) to jump. When you do a tandem skydive, the pressure to jump isn’t on you. It all happened so fast- once you jump, you free fall for 35 seconds, which is both the best and scariest feeling because that’s when it feels the most crazy and out of control. Then you have a 5 minute ride with your parachute back to the ground. It was so much fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
And if one skydive isn’t enough for you, the school offers one of the cheapest skydiving courses available.