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A birthday wish in the skies

Hurling through the blue sky early Saturday morning, Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera said she will never forget the exhilaration of a brief free fall during her first tandem jump with Skydive Saipan.

“It was amazing! I can’t really put in words, you have to try it for yourself.  I saw Saipan in so many new ways, including the swirls of turquoise and dark blue in our ocean!  It is an experience like no other and I am so grateful for the chance to do it,” said Cabrera.

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2018 Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera experiences free fall with Darin Quaile, Skydive Saipan Chief Tandem & Safety Examiner, last Saturday morning as an early birthday gift.  Photo by Skydive Saipan
Celine and Darin come in to land on Saipan International Airport Field after diving from thousands of feet above.  Photo by Island Image & Motion
2018 Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera poses with her certificate from Skydive Saipan with the company's van and her official Miss Marianas 2018 Hyundai Elantra.

As a birthday gift to her, Skydive Saipan took Celine for her first tandem jump with Darin Quaile, Skydive Saipan Chief Tandem & Safety Examiner, and the young queen was bubbling with excitement even after she landed safely on the Saipan International Airport field.

“I touched a cloud!  I tried to put in my pocket,” she laughed.

Celine joined a dozen other thrill seekers and tourists who were happy to take photos with her as she donned her crown and sash before and after the tandem jump.

Skydive Saipan takes the jump seriously, says Quaile who has done 20,000 jumps in a 20 year career, further pointing out that it is a safe and rewarding experience.

“Sharing the incredible experience of first time skydiving with people is extremely rewarding. Skydive Saipan only employs the most experienced and proficient instructors allowing us to provide the highest possible level of safety,” said Qauile.

“Skydiving provides a unique perspective to enjoy Saipan’s breathtaking scenery and is the closest to experiencing real human flight,” he said.

After reviewing safety procedures, Celine watched a video for further instructions, pulled a jumpsuit over her outfit, tied her hair and put on the safety goggles for the first few minutes of the dive.

Soon, she joined Darin who linked his safety harnesses to her and boarded the plane to fly thousands of feet above Saipan.

Right at the airplane door, Celine and Darin were the first out as the other four followed to complete the five group tandem and were soon gracefully swirling in open parachutes to the field.

“Everyone was so tiny!  I could see the gorgeous sunrise, our newly green fields, beautiful ocean, even my house! Being up so high, I could see across to Managaha and to Tinian. Our islands are so beautiful and Saipan Skydive really gives us an opportunity to see it in a bigger, beautiful picture—it is truly an experience not to miss,” she said.

For more information on Saipan Skydive, please call Marketing/Accounting Manager Michelle Gibson or Assistant Marketing Manager Justin Poon at 288-5869 or to make reservations please call 1-670-488-8888.