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There are many ways to see Kenya on safari, but how about from 14,000 feet above the ground, falling earthwards at 120 miles per hour? For adrenaline junkies, the Kenyan coast has become the latest hot spot for aerial adventure- where the equatorial atmosphere at sea level can give skydivers more than a minute of full freefall over the beautiful blue Indian Ocean, before touching down on pure white sands on one of the world's best beaches.

This is the draw for international skydivers who gather at Diani Beach on Kenya's South Coast each year for the Kenya Skydive Boogie. This event, now in its 14th year, is proving very popular both with experienced skydivers and those interested in experiencing the thrill of freefall for the first time. What began as a social event organized each year among Kenyan divers has become a major event on the international skydiving calendar.

The term Boogie is generic term for a gathering of skydivers from all over the globe, and each year brings a bevy of boogies as enthusiasts meet up in the world's best skydive destinations. To the uninitiated, one skydive location may not be that different to any other, but wind and weather conditions, altitude and the facilities and attractions on the ground all combine to make each boogie unique.

The Kenyan boogie is becoming increasingly popular- as it is one of the only such events where divers are based at a single beach resort and can depart from a nearby airstrip and dive from an aircraft directly over their base.

This means that at Diani, skydivers stay at the http://www.alliancehotels.com Safari Beach Hotel - take a short 10 minute drive to Ukunda airstrip, take off in a waiting Air Kenya Twin Otter, and then dive directly over the beach- landing on the sands right at the doorstep of the resort.

 Throughout the 2002 event, over 120 divers made continual skydives over 2 weeks, http://www.airkenya.com Air Kenya plane carrying an average of 13 loads throughout the day. The air over Diani was filled with colour as parachutes drifted on the gentle ocean breezes, with divers making touchdowns on the palm lined beach, just a few feet from their hotel. Divers could wander back into the resort, compare their jumps with other divers- freshen up- collect a newly packed chute and within 10 minutes be airborne again.

For the skydiving addict, this is a perfect arrangement- some of the divers at the 2002 event completed 19 jumps in a single day. But this is not just about frequency- the other draw is the freefall.

For most skydivers, it's all about the fall- the pure freedom of flight that lasts from the time a jumper leaves the plane until the parachute is pulled at around 2000 feet. The average diver falls at the incredible speed of 120 miles per hour- but those who have never tried it may be surprised to know that this experience does not feel like falling- the continued momentum of the plane sends the diver earthward on a sustained arc- which means that there is none of the stomach lifting "plunge" sensation that you may expect.

This is the nearest experience possible to flying free as a bird ñ freedom at its most pure and simple.

This is one of the main draws at Kenya's Skydive Boogie- a combination of sea level altitude and equatorial temperature means a long freefall- often just over a minute as opposed to the usual average of around 30 seconds. That may not sound like much of a difference- but just try it- and you will relish every second of your freefall.

 There is plenty to enjoy as you do. The views from 14,000 feet are literally breathtaking as you leap from the door of the aircraft into the thin cool air. You are plunging towards paradise - stunning blue water that stretches to the limits of the stunning blue sky. Then, as the air currents grow warmer, and your chute opens, the thin strip of white below is gradually defined as the sands of idyllic Diani beach, and the detail of the coral reef and tiny fishing boats become clear.

 or skydivers used to landing in paddocks and fields, this is a unique experience, and many take their time descending to the beach, letting their chutes drift back and forth over the sea before touching down on the sand. The favourite dives of the day are the special sunset jumps, timed to let divers glide across the beach as the sun dips to the horizon. Even for non-jumpers, this is a special time of day, the air over the beach filled with the coloured silk of parachutes as the divers land and gather for sundowner drinks.

This is a social sport, and the Boogie is a very social event. Skydivers from 16 different nations gathered at Diani, including members of skydiving clubs and specialist skydive formation teams. The international camaraderie adds to the Boogie experience, and being based in a single beach resort made this Boogie ideal for fun both on and off the ground. Of course, travelling to Kenya for the boogie also gave them the opportunity to combine their skydiving with some more 'down to earth' safaris throughout the country.

If you are a non-skydiver, there is no need to feel left out. The Boogie is an ideal chance to be introduced to the sport. Specialized tandem jump and skydive instructors are on hand throughout the event.

Tandem jumps are the best way to discover skydiving. Physically attached to an instructor, you jump together, giving you all the thrill of a skydive, with none of the stress of managing your descent and parachute along the way.

These jumps are extremely popular- and straightforward- after a 15 minute safety briefing, you are ready to climb on board the plane and jump. A tandem jump is an unforgettable experience, but for many- it is not a "once in a lifetime" thrill. After this introductory taste of the pure adrenaline and freefall, plenty of jumpers- even those who may have felt some apprehension at throwing themselves out of plane- can't wait to do it again.

The Boogie also offers full accelerated freefall courses with professional instructors, in which students become fully fledged, qualified skydivers.

For all of the fun of the Boogie, this is a serious professional event, which is run to exacting international safety standards. The organizers- Kenya Skydivers- establish a full scale DZ (Drop Zone) on site at the hotel, with teams of Kenyan ArmyParatroopers (each with 1000 jump experience) on hand to professionally pack and check each and every parachute used. Full safety equipment and rescue boats are on hand throughout the event.

The Boogie is organized by Harro Trempeneau of Kenya Skydivers, who has been skydiving since 1976. He can also arrange skydives in Nairobi, or for the truly adventurous- he can arrange a special skydiving safari, letting you freefall with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro, or drift over the plains of the Maasai Mara.

So when you are planning your safari to Kenya, look beyond the usual, and take to the skies for a very different perspective on paradise. For more info on Diani Beach, see the Related Links above.

f you are over 18, physically fit and looking for adventure- come to Kenya for this year's Diani Skydive Boogie, to be held in October 2003. For more information, http://www.skydivekenya.com" "http://www.kenya-boogie.com