05/21/2013 23:28 EDT | Updated 07/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Kamloops man skydives for 90th birthday

A Kamloops man has crossed another item off his bucket list by jumping out of a plane to mark his 90th birthday.

"What a thrill," said Ken Legge, who went skydiving for the first time this weekend, as more than 100 well-wishers watched from below.

"I had put bungee jumping on my bucket list, and someone warned me that with these old bones of mine they might come apart, so I cancelled that and went to the skydiving instead," he added.

Legge says he regularly sees skydivers near his home and wanted to try it himself, so his children gave him the experience as a birthday gift.

"What you do, you slide to the door and you sit there and the dive master says 'now' and you do a somersault... you go so fast that if you look down, you can't breathe," he said.

"It takes the air right out of your lungs, so you must look up all the time you're flying."

Legge says next year for 91 he might just take it easy and go travelling instead.