Getting out onto the platform we found ourselves the only two there and were both quickly fitted into the harness and bound up round the ankles.
You are definitely aware that you are well strapped in, in fact it almost cuts off the blood around your ankles. At the same time it is quite reassuring and you have a back up safety harness as well.
The kit works, the team knows what it is doing. You have been weighed so they know exactly how much cord they need to give you and this is all adjusted according to how you want to do the jump.
It is now up to you.
I got my first jump over with, the first one I have done in years. The secret with diving out head first is to make sure you keep your eyes on the hill opposite and not look down. The other secret is to jump as soon as they finish the countdown. If you hesitate you are lost, and you wont jump.
Waiting down below for Johnny, we waited and waited, and then somebody else jumped. Houston we have a problem. So I climbed back up the hill to see what had happened. I met Johnny half way down the hill. He had found, that as he put it: the head was willing but the hands would't let go.
These things happen, and I can well remember my first bungy jump, which was from ony 40 odd metres and not 61. After the first one you can sort of remind yourself that you have already jumped so what is stopping you from going again?
Never mind, I went back up and jumped again, this time coming down backwards. This is an interesting sensation because rather than jumping you just let yourself fall. I am not sure which is the harder to do. At least head first you feel you have a bit of control, backwards you just keep your eyes on the crew member who is looking after you, and fall away.
Thus with a downhearted Johnny we climbed, yet again, back up the hill to see what more we could do.