Wednesday, February 14, 2007

10 year-old local boy skydives from 13,000 feet

A 10-year old boy Maldivian boy has skydived from 13,000 feet during the commercial skydiving boogie organized jointly by Island Aviation and Germany’s Skydive-Nuggets. The skydiving sessions began in Gan in Addu atoll, yesterday. The event is being sponsored by Dhiraagu.
Ali Dhaanish, who is currently studying at Grade 5 of Iskandhar School, was among the second group to dive from an altitude of 13,000 feet from a plane provided by Island Aviation. After the dive, he said that it felt like he was “in a dream”. He said that he had wanted an opportunity like that for a long time and that it was his father who had presented the opportunity to him. Dhaanish also received a certificate of remembrance from the Skydive-Nuggets team.
Island Aviation has said that the skydiving sessions that began yesterday, and would continue till the 21st of the month, was the initiation of skydiving in Maldives as a commercial sport. According to the Customer Services Officer and the official in charge of coordinating the dives, Hussain Rasheed, the main objective of the dive was to open the market in Maldives to those tourists who had an interest in skydiving.
Island Aviation also revealed that there were two rates being introduced for the skydiving sessions.
“We have set two rates for the dives,” said Hussain. “A tandem jump costs $400. A tandem jump with photo and video opportunity costs $600. This is open to anyone who is interested and they can contact Island Aviation to make the reservations. The sessions will take place in Gan and we are planning to do six or seven dives from an altitude of 13,000 feet every day.”
He said that they had decided to hold to jumps over Gan in Addu because Gan was more appropriate for such activities and also because Skydive-Nuggets had previously held skydive sessions in Gan.
Skydive-Nuggets’ Manager, Alexander Simon said that they were hoping to host skydive sessions in other parts of the Maldives in the future.

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