Apart from being India’s first woman master Scuba Diver Trainer in India, an accomplished skydiver, and a mountaineering instructor, Archana Sardana is also India’s first BASE Jumper. BASE Jumping is an adventurous sport where jumpers leap off from a fixed object such as a cliff, for instance, with parachutes designed specifically for quick deployment. She says, “You don’t get a second chance to make history, to make Indian women enter the elite club of base jumpers.” This was the motivation for Archana to take up the sport.
You don’t get a second chance to make history, to make Indian women enter the elite club of base jumpers.”
Archana also has made the nation proud by unfolding the Indian flag at a depth of 30 meters in the ocean of the Andaman’s Neil island and has set a record in the process as well. What’s more, she has also managed to put herself in the Limca Book of Records 2011, performed a ‘free fall’ skydive from a height of 13,500 feet, completed a BASE jump from a 400-feet high bridge in Utah, BASE jumped from the KL Towers in Malaysia with the national flag, amongst many other achievements. To go above and beyond, Archana is the only Indian who is a trained instructor with the Disabled Divers International.
Sports is more or less very well organized. But for adventure activities, you are on you your own.”
The greatest hardship for the adrenaline junkie was the financial resources. She says, “Sports is more or less very well organized. But for adventure activities, you are on your own.” Having a financial constraint was the reason that Archana didn’t BASE jump from Mount Everest previously. However, she hasn’t given up on the dream and hopes to make India proud by BASE jumping off Mount Everest in the near future. She’s been a motivation and inspiration to many in the country, and we’re sure to see her fearless and determination rub off on the younger generation looking to live a life outside the box.