Now this is a post which has been a long time coming. I have actually been indoor skydiving a couple of times now. The reason we started going was because my parents purchased an experience day for two for Joe. Of course, he took me and it is something which I enjoyed. I been back once since, however we do live an hour away from Manchester. Which is one reason I have not been back more.
If you have not heard of iFly let me tell you a little bit about them. They are an indoor skydiving company in the UK with three locations. They have Baskingstoke, Milton Keynes and Manchester. Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. It’s where the dream of flight becomes a reality. For sure indoor skydiving is not something which I would have thought about doing however, I loved it. Anyone from the age of 3 can go in the wind tunnel and indoor skydive. They just change the windspeed for younger people. I have seen as young as 4/5 years old do it. I know Jess would love it but at the moment she is a bit scared of the noise.
Of course, there are rules which may mean that you can not undertake indoor skydiving. This includes been over 18 stone, having a previous shoulder dislocation and if you are pregnant.. This does mean a lot of people can take part I would highly recommend indoor skydiving it is such a thrill which I never have had in the past. The only thing which you really need to know is that if you want to go on a weekend you may have to book 8 to 10 weeks in advance. You book your flight online. Another thing to take into consideration is you do have to be at the location an hour before your flight.
Before you get into the tunnel you watch a pre-flight video which explains what is going to happen. Also the signals which they are going to use in the tunnel of course, you are not going to be able to speak normally within the tunnel. After this you are going to be asked if you have any questions as well as practice the position which you need to be in the tunnel. Of course, if you are nervous you have the opportunity to speak to the instructor. After this of course, you get kitted up as you can see the outfit is very sexy. It is actually more comfortable than you think it is going to be. You have ear plugs because of course been in a 100mph wind tunnel is very noisy. There is also eye protection and helmets which these two have taken off.
You are in a class and you all go around the edge of the tunnel when waiting for your flight at iFly. They will not judge you and it is very unlikely that you are going to be the only first time flyer in your group. Each time I have been there has been more first time flyers than anything else. Depending on your package depends how long you will have in the tunnel. I have done it where I have had 2 x 1 minute flights. On my second visit I did a 2 x 2 minutes flight. It sounds like not a long time however, it is actually longer than a normal skydive would be. You fly on average to 6ft which is amazing. There is always an instructor in with you who will give you instructions on how to change you body position to allow you to fly better. They will also move you so you do not get too close to the edges or also so you do not get too high.
On my second visit I got to fly on the net which mean that I should learn techniques even quicker. I have always found the instructors to be very good and always professional they do not judge you because you are unable to do something. They go at your pace and you can always exit the tunnel at any stage using a signal you do get taught. I have now managed to fly for longer periods without the instructor having to hold me. For sure it is not going to take you many sessions to get like this.
There is a moment where you do get your photo taken you get warned when it is going to be so you can have the best picture possible. Of course, there is the chance to purchase the picture after which is how I got mine. You also have the opportunity to purchase the video of your skydive and more lessons. You do get the lessons or next flight at a reduced rate if you do purchase them there and then.
I know that this is pricey to actually go indoor skydiving. At the moment they have an offer on for two people for 2 x 1 minute flights for £60. They often have deals like this on there own site and of course, it is worth using companies like virgin experience days. They sometimes have even better offers on. This would make an amazing Father’s Day gift this year. I know it is one which Joe would appreciate.
For sure I would recommend a visit to iFly. I really want to go back and maybe it is somewhere which I will manage a visit to before the end of the year.
Have you ever been indoor skydiving if so let me know how you found it.