“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”
― Albert Einstein
It’s certainly apropos that the world’s foremost authority on relativity should be the source of such wisdom. After all: When we’re talking about time, it’s all relative, baby. Our perception of time has very little to do with the lines that tick by on the clock and everything to do with what’s inside our heads. Seriously! Books have been written about this. Good books… and this “relativity” stuff is especially true when you’re trying to answer the question: How long does indoor skydiving last? As any dedicated tunnel-lover will tell you, a minute in the windy tube is way more of – well – everything than a minute on the other side of the glass.
Without getting too woo-woo about it, here’s the facts: You’ll be absolutely saturated in the novelty of the indoor skydiving experience (you’ll be flying, for heaven’s sake!), and your brain will be scrambling to create new neuronal connections in order to have the bandwidth to process it. The effect is, suffice it to say, really cool.
Beyond that, it’s a workout! Especially once you have a few indoor skydiving flights under your belt and you’re developing more advanced skills, every second you spend in the wind tunnel is an intense experience. It is a rare flyer indeed who can actively train in there for more than three or four sessions in a single day (though lots of us thoroughly exhaust ourselves in the attempt).
No matter what your internal experience of the phenomenon, you’re no doubt wondering: how long does an indoor skydive truly last? Well, the actual amount of “clock time” you’ll spend with us is pretty predictable. What you might not expect – especially considering the sticker price – is that it’s a value.
If you’re a newbie, you’ll buy a first-timer package that will generally include anywhere from 2-8 minutes per person of flight time. When you consider that traditional free fall skydiving time (from a plane, y’know) clocks in at roughly 60 seconds… you’re already getting two to eight times that amount of body flight playtime. Woo-hoo! Smokin’ deal indeed.
Bingo! Now we’re starting to ask the right questions.
As you probably suspect, the indoor skydiving wind tunnel is a real sport with real excitement and real skills involved. It’s not a theme-park ride; in order to get you skilled up, you’ll receive a safety-and-training briefing before you can fly. It’ll take about half an hour (after your 10-to-20-minute check-in time) for your instructor to explain the proper body position and communication methods while you’re inside the wind tunnel. Afterwards, you’ll spend about ten minutes getting into your gear. When all is said and done, you should carve out about a good hour for your first experience. (Not counting the time you’ll spend with your nose pressed up against the glass, watching others fly and wishing it was you.)
So: How about it? Wanna see how long a single minute in indoor skydiving can really last? We’re pretty sure you’re gonna be surprised. Make your reservation today!