Age is for the birds, says skydiver (80)

2013-04-12 00:00

WHEN 80-year-old pensioner Adam Theron told his family he wanted to skydive they thought he was joking. But he was not fooling around and on April 1 he did his first skydive.

The gutsy Howick resident said he was determined to live life to the fullest and the skydive was one of the things he had on his “bucket list”.

He booked to go skydiving earlier in the year, but cancelled at the last minute because of bad weather. The opportunity came up when his daughter Bernice (54) decided she wanted to do a skydive for her birthday last week.

Theron leapt at the opportunity to join her. The two of them booked their adventure through a Durban company and drove out to Eston for the event.

The whole family came along to watch Theron achieve his big moment and he said this week: “It was a fantastic experience!”

Theron did a tandem jump with an instructor and he said that although the whole experience lasted less than 10 minutes it was worth every minute.

“The first few seconds are freefalling … and then when the ’chute opens you start to gently glide towards the ground and you see the most beautiful view.

“I can imagine that birds see this incredible sight and it is a wonderful feeling to see the roads below like pencil lines.

“I told everyone I am going to do it again when I am 90 and again when I am a hundred,” said Theron.

His wife Irene said he was very fit and active for his age and he spent many hours pottering around in the garage.

Theron said he would recommend the experience to other people — young or old.

The Witness asked him if he had any other hair-raising adventures lined up on his bucket list. He replied: “Ah, but that’s a secret!”

Theron said that he did not believe in old age and that people must not let their age get in the way of doing what they wanted to.

“I always tell my friends, ‘Just do it!’”

He and his wife are planning an extended camping trip around the country soon.

• trish.beaver@witness.co.za

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