Have A Fearless Afternoon Indoor Skydiving

Annette White indoor skydivingFor the record, I have jumped (or rather was pushed) out of a real plane. An amazingly frightening adventure that I am so grateful to have done when I was young, naive and trying to impress a boy with my “fearless” nature. Being older and what appears to be wiser, I wanted to experience weightlessness in an entirely safer manner. Enter…indoor skydiving, a vertical wind tunnel that reduces the risk of plummeting 10,000 feet to the ground. I’m sure you will agree that a few dozen feet pales in comparison.

We arrived at IFly in Union City 45 minutes before our scheduled indoor skydiving “flight” for the typical briefing, which included a meet & greet with our instuctor along with a 3-minute instructional video.

Yep, all you need to know fits into tres minutos, not sure how comforting that is.

Indoor skydiving does not cater to vanity…at all. We were fitted with a flight suit (a not so form fitting unitard), space goggles, logo helmet and ear plugs. Feeling uber-sexy, I headed to the flight observation deck which consisted of a loooonnnng bench right outside of the wind tunnel. We were each, one at a time, escorted into the tunnel by our trusty guide. He led us with the limited 3-minute sign language we were taught in the classroom. Turns out that was enough. We were each given two 1-minute sessions for $50, though there were options for lengthier and more intimate experiences.

Entering the indoor skydiving tunnel for the first time proved to be tad harder than it appeared on video.

What the heck happened to the indoor skydiving triple flips and Spiderman climbs up the wall that seemed so easy?

Keeping your body horizontal proved to be a feat within itself, though the 120 MPH winds made you feel like you were floating in the air. Aside from the fear of banging into the plexi-glass wall head first, each sixty seconds was pure, simple fun fitting for almost any age. The couple in their 70s in our group appeared to be having more fun than anyone else and that inspired me to vow to return on my 70th birthday, but maybe at that point I’ll be ready for the real thing again.

Even though we had left wishing the trips were longer, everyone agreed that having an amazing new experience was well worth the fifty bucks (plus $4 for the must-have photo)!

Have you ever been indoor skydiving?




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27 Comments

  1. Miranda February 16, 2011 at 9:00 am - Reply

    What a fun way to spend your birthday!! I have yet to do skydiving of any kind. I need to pick up the pace a bit. 🙂

  2. 101 Things Before You Die February 16, 2011 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Are your thighs/legs/muscles hurting today?  When I went, that air pushing against me left me exhausted and tired the next day.  I kept bumping into the wall too and was dissapointed that couldn't immediately do any cool tricks.  Great photo!

  3. Arlene February 17, 2011 at 8:56 am - Reply

    That sounds like an incredibly amazing experience…. and as close to skydiving as I ever want to get. Kudos to you for doing both!

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  5. Jeff February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    My wife and I did this for our anniversary a few years ago, and it was much harder than I thought it would be.  Who knew controlling your body in a giant vertical wind tunnel could be so tricky!?  But it was so much fun, I'd love to go again now that I know what to expect.

  6. Elle February 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Indoor skydiving is on my bucket list (but not outdoor).  $50 for 2 1 minute sessions is a bit much in my opinion so I've been keeping an eye on Groupon and Living Social hoping something will pop up on there.
     

  7. Harsha February 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Pretty cool! I had a shot at paragliding once in Penang and thoroughly enjoyed it! Sky-diving is something I'll probably enjoy but am too chicken to try. Thanks for letting us in on the indoor option. I might try it on my next visit to the US!

  8. Living the Balanced Life February 22, 2011 at 8:05 am - Reply

    You know, my hubby has been trying to get me to skydive, says he thinks it would help me break through some of my other fears. (He hasn't done it either, but says he wants to). I never thought about the indoor skydiving! This would probably be an awesome experience to try (and much safer)! I am glad you had fun and thanks for giving me the idea!
    Bernice
    http://livingthebalancedlife.com/2011/10-steps-to-continue-learning-throughout-life/

    • Annette Renee White February 22, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Indoor skydiving is a perfect introduction to the real thing! I’m not sure if jumping out of a plane helped with my fears, because I am still terrified to fly! But, the day I did it, I did feel like Superwoman.

  9. Tobias March 5, 2011 at 9:33 am - Reply

    wow! this seems so cool!
    adding this to my own list right away, and googling for some spots in Europe to do this right now. Thanks for the inspoiration! 🙂

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  16. Mike's Road Trip January 21, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I recently discovered one of these places in AZ, I've been dying to try it…looks like a bast!

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      Not quite as fun as the real thing, but a great alternative!

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  21. Kerry July 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    This was cheaper than the CN Tower Edge Walk Experience I completed last month. I wouldn’t be able to go with the sign language option and might need to spring for the more intimate one you spoke of, but this could be a good starting point if I want to make it to sky diving for real. I think you can do both when you turn seventy. I hear George Bush Senior still sky dives in his nineties.

    • Annette White July 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      I saw the prices of the CN Tower Edge Walk. Ouch! But, I bet it’s something you’ll remember for a lifetime. Maybe it’s the thing I’ll do on my 70th birthday 🙂

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    TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!

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