I hope you are all enjoying your week, today I thought I would share with you all a post that I have been meaning to do for a while and that is to share with you all my experiences of indoor skydiving.
It was my birthday two weeks ago and I turned 21, so to celebrate it my mother had organised an indoor skydive which was something that I had always wanted to do because it looked so incredibly fun and exciting and so I finally got the chance to have a whirl at it!
So, today I am going to talk to you all about what it was like and what kind of thing to expect if any of you are considering giving it a try too.
So, let’s begin!
So to begin with I actually made a blog and an audioboom of the day which you can check out below.
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To explain what indoor skydiving i it is basically where you an an instructor are taken into a wind tunnel that basically blasts air upwards via a large fan and the experience is designed to simulate free fall. You will usually be in the wind tunnel for around a minute per time and depending on which session you choose you may have 2 goes, you may have 4 goes and so on. Depending on the centre you may also be able to opt for add ons like an extra flight at the end of the group session or the high top which is basically where you are allowed to go up even higher to the top of the wind tunnel.
I did my skydive with Airkix which is a centre based in Basingstoke, Manchester and Milton Keynes. I went along to the centre in Basingstoke and I few with an instructor who was named Adam.
So, to give you a bit of background information about booking your skydive and things you may need to consider, first of all it is very important that if you have an injury like a dislocated shoulder it is very important that you make the centre aware before booking. As the wind tunnel might cause pain to this kind of injury. You will be required to fill out a risk assessment form on the website or on the day after you purchase your ticket just to state things like your age, weight, if you are smoker and so on just so that the instructor is aware. It is very important that you talk to your instructor about any concerns you may have or if you have a disability that you make them aware so that they are able to know how best to support you when you are in the wind tunnel. As I am severely sight impaired I discussed with my instructor what the experience was going to be like and my unicorns about not seeing things like hand signals. However, my instructor was able to ease my concerns and we worked out a way that he would basically be able to do the hand signals on my hands so that I could feel what he was asking me to alter about my position.
When you go for your flight, after you check in and register you will then meet your trainer and be brefied on what your experience is like such as safety information, the proper position to have in a wind tunnel, how to position your arms, legs, head and back. You will need to keep your legs completely straight, you back curved so that it has a natural arched, your chin up towards the ceiling, looking straight and your arms extended to eye level. You must maintain this position in the wind tunnel otherwise your instructor may not allow you to go on the high top session which I can assure you is one of the most incredible feelings in the world. You must also not move around or try to quickly push yourself off from the wall of the tunnel if you bounce into it. After your instructor ha talked you through everything yo need to know he will ask who wants to go first (and guess who opted to be the first in line) and then you will be kitted out in goggled, helmet, ear pugs (because it gets quite loud in the tunnel,) wind suit and you are all ready to begin.
You will usually be in a group of around 15 people, depending on the session you book, you will be required to sit on a bench to wait your turn and you must not get up at any point until your instructor calls you for your turn. When you begin your session in the wind tunnel you basically just want to gently lean into the tunnel and you instructor will help you into the tunnel. The most important thing to remember is not to panic and not to flail about, you must keep your body in the correct position and look ahead with your chin up. Some people may be concerned that in the wind tunnel you won’t be able to breath but actually its just like being in a big oxygen tank. You can breath normally, but you may find that your lips get dry from the wind. When in the tunnel you will be in there for not less than 50 seconds unless you get really anxious about things in which case you need the gesture with your thumbs down to indicate you want to get out of the tunnel. But in all honestly, you really don’t need to panic, you are completely safe and this is a short time to really enjoy the experience of flying.
One thing I found was that my arms did ache slightly after being in the tunnel, but it is not a severe pain. If like me you are visually impaired you must pay attention to keeping your posture straight and making sure that your instructor is completely clear about your vision and what they need to do to support you during the session. So the first time you may be a little bit tense, but you must try and loosen up so that you are able to enjoy the experience. I know that is probably hard to say when you are being blasted into the air in a giant wind tunnel. But, honestly the more relaxed you are the better your experience will be. You may also find that when you are in the wind tunnel it is difficult to tell if your legs are straight, which is why your instructor give yo signals to instruct you that you need to straighten your legs.
So, the second time you go into the wind tunnel if this is what you pay for, your instructor will ask (if he or she fells you are able to) if you would like to go up high. I did go up extremely high and what will happen is after your instructor has got you settled into a nice position he will then indicate to the instructor who controls the wind tunnel that it is time to vamp up the speed. The instructor will turn you around really quickly and then up up and away your are flying just like Charlie and his Granddad do in Willy Wonka’s factory after drinking the fizzy lifting drinks. Literally that is what you feel like, but don’t worry there is no big menacing fan to slice you into bits at the top. After floating up and down a couple of times you will fall back down to earth and float for a bit before your instructor sadly puts you back onto solid ground.
So then after that you may be offered to pay for another session, I did because I really enjoyed the sensation that it gave me. It’s such a liberating feeling, no limitations, nothing to bump into, just you and the blast of air, it is a pretty amazing sensation.
After that you will be given a certificate to say you may mastered the skill of the fretful position and you may be able to return for more sessions to advance if you enjoyed it.
You will also be able to go to reception to pay for any upgrades you may have had and if you want any pictures that they take in the wind tunnel. But, of course you can also get sone to take pictures from outside the wind tunnel like I did, but then I also do have an image that was taken inside the wind tunnel which you can find above.
All in all I had an utterly amazing experience and something I will remember for a very long time, if you are looking for something fun to do this summer with your children (and yes children from the age of 5 are allowed in the wind tunnel) then I would highly recommend this.
Click here to check out the Airkix website.
Let me know if you have any questions about what this experience was like or if you have done an indoor skydive before and what you thought of it.
So, I bid you all adieu and I will see you all next time!