One of the things I have been lucky enough to do is go indoor skydiving–twice. There are several locations throughout the USA, and I went to iFly in Dallas, TX. It’s a lot of fun, but every second counts–literally. It’s expensive and the time flies! (*wink*)
I had to store my phone in the locker, and my friends participated with me. Needless to say, I am light on pictures.
- First, you join your group (about 8 people for each time block) in a room to watch a training video.
- After the video, you have to lock away all your possessions and jewelry into a temporary locker with a 1-time create your own combination.
- From there, you go to the counter to receive jumpsuit, helmet, and goggles. Unfortunately, they’re tacky and you don’t get a color choice because the colors denote the different sizes. Once you have your one-time-use earplugs in and all your gear on, you’re ready to go.
- Training session groups are done continuously. So, you have to wait for the previous group to get out of the tunnel, and then you take your place in benches around the wind tunnel (and sectioned off from the rest of the room). It’s VERY noisy.
- The training is individual and only about 30 seconds each, unless you pay for additional time in advance. The trainer stands with you-adjusting if necessary, but letting you move freely in the wind tunnel. As you advance, s/he gives you visual cues (learned during the training video) to help you control yourself and/or perform maneuvers .
- After everyone has had their turn, the trainer usually has a bit of free time to do some extra tricks for you to watch and enjoy. (Check out my videos-here and here-on my blog’s Facebook page.)
- Then, it’s time for everyone to shuffle out, return the gear, and get the stuff out of the lockers.
- Before you leave, you get a certificate! You also get to hear a promotional rundown for discounted training sessions, and you can buy pictures/videos of your time in the tunnel–if you want.
I can’t find my certificates, but here’s the checklist. The first time I went, I only had a few things the first half checked off. The second time, I had all of them: ^_^ Flying steady and performing maneuvers are NOT as easy as they look.
- Trained in classroom and flew in the tunnel
- Flew in the tunnel with minimal assistance
- Flew in a stable body position
- Flew up/down and forward/backward
- Turned 360 left and right
- Flew a variety of controlled multiple movements
Has anyone done this or wanted do it? Overall, it was a great experience. I think it’s too expensive to do regularly, but I think it’s a great ‘bucket list’ item to check off.