Jumping for joy with dad
WHEN you are standing in the doorway of an aeroplane 14,000 feet from the ground strapped to a tandem skydiving expert it would be forgivable to be downright terrified, especially if it was your first jump.
But for Mullumbimby’s Maya Moses it was a completely natural experience as she became one of the youngest ever to skydive at Byron Bay recently.
After all, the tandem skydiving expert who would guide her to the ground had jumped more than 5500 times and just happened to be her father, Alby Moses.
In a sweet twist of fate, Maya’s first jump also happened to be Alby’s last as he retired from the sport after 10 years as an instructor.
“It was really exciting,” Maya told The Northern Star.
“I had my dad with me so it was even more exciting and it was so much better than having a stranger there.
“I’ve been watching dad for as long as I can remember and for me it was always something I wanted to do one day.
“I was really scared at first when I decided to do it, but then I was calm for a while. But when I got into the plane I became scared again.
“That didn’t last long. Instead of feeling like ‘I can’t do this’, I sort of felt like ‘I can’t not do this’.”
The skydiving age limit is 14, and at 13-and-a-half Maya had to apply to the Australian Parachute Federation for special authorisation.
It was granted in time for her to jump with her father, who was retiring from Skydive Australia.
Funnily enough, Alby seems destined for a life on the ground now, far removed from the high-octane lifestyle of professional skydiving.
“It was time for a change. I’ll probably pick some coffee because the in-laws grow coffee and we run a little cafe in Mullum,” Mr Moses said.
“Skydiving is still something that is 99 per cent better than everything else you do in life.”
As for his last jump being with his daughter?
“It was a nice way to finish up and a good bonding experience for a man and his teenage daughter,” Mr Moses said.