I once described indoor skydiving to my best friend. The conclusion she came to was “Oh, so it’s like riding a giant hairdryer?” Well, sort of.
Indoor skydiving is flying your body on a strong stream of air in a vertical wind tunnel. It is called indoor skydiving because the forces on your body are the same as during the freefall part of a skydive. If you’re indoor skydiving for the first time, whether you have skydived before or not, you probably have a few questions about the wind tunnel.
Here we cover the basics of what to expect indoor skydiving for the first time and how best to prepare.
Once suspended by the airflow, the sensation is something between flying and floating. The feeling is very much like free fall, but not quite the same. It is a hard sensation to describe, but it is awesome – so try it and find out!
The high speed of the airflow means it is noisy and your body position is very sensitive to movement of your body. Your instructor will teach you a stable body position and a series of hand signals for communication before your indoor skydiving flight.
You lean forward from the door, guided by your instructor until you are supported by the airflow. This will also be taught before your flight.
Plan to arrive 45 minutes early to provide time for your instructor to brief you and get you geared up. You cannot fly without completing these steps, so please be punctual!
You do not need to do anything special to prepare for indoor skydiving. Just eat normally, don’t consume any alcohol, and turn up in appropriate clothing.
You will be provided with a one-piece jumpsuit, which you wear over your clothes, along with a helmet and goggles.
Indoor skydiving is a low-risk pursuit. The dangers are not much beyond bumps and scrapes, which your helmet and jumpsuit protect you from.
You have an experienced instructor to handle you, keeping you flying right throughout.
Indoor skydiving is a very inclusive sport and almost anyone can partake, some of the most experienced flyers in the world have disabilities, but there are a few restrictions.
In a word, yes! Once people get a taste of flight, they can’t want to do it again. Some even begin indoor skydiving as a hobby, even if they don’t skydive.
Need justification to spend $30-odd dollars per minute? A skydive from 13,000 ft gets you approximately 1 minute of freefall. So, in $ per second of freefall, it’s really a saving!
Unlike skydiving, indoor skydiving is not weather dependent. Paraclete XP is open Sunday to Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm and Friday/Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm. To reserve your flight, simply book a time online that’s convenient for you!
Give us a call or check out our FAQ page for answers to common indoor skydiving questions and additional tips on how to prepare.
My wife and I celebrated our 34th Anniversary by going Indoor Skydiving at ParacleteXP in Raeford, NC. We are in our 60's and this activity was safe, fun, and exciting. Dalton was our flight instructor and we recommend that you ask for him by name: He will guide you and have a great time with you in the wind tunnel.