Ready for flight? Excellent! We are too! Before we put on our jumpsuits, you’ll want to make sure all the i’s have been dotted and t’s, crossed. Please take a moment to read through our frequently asked questions so you’ll be prepared for the best experience!
Paraclete XP is located at 190 Paraclete Dr, Raeford, NC 28376. Our telephone number is (910) 848-2600. We are the premier indoor skydiving facility for Raleigh, NC, Fayetteville and surrounding areas.
To fly in our wind tunnel, individuals must not weigh over 250lbs. Some exceptions can be made, so please give us a call if you have questions.
We routinely welcome guests as young as three years old! There isn’t a limit on age. Restrictions are based on general fitness and health.
It is important that guests:
We recommended that you wear comfortable clothing, such as T-shirts, shorts/pants, and tennis shoes for indoor skydiving. If you have long hair, we recommend bringing a hair tie to keep your hair inside your helmet.
Paraclete XP strongly suggests making a reservation in advance to provide you with the best experience while you’re onsite. This guarantees availability on the day you wish to fly and significantly reduces your wait time. Certain sessions sell out quickly due to increasing demand. To check on availability, view our online reservations.
Please note, it’s important to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your flight time.
Paraclete XP offers a range of packages to choose from. Each package includes:
While it may sound like fun to fly with family and friends at the same time, when it comes to first-time flyers, safety is our top priority. As such, we only allow one flyer at a time (with their instructor) in the flight chamber. Our complimentary 360 observation area allows for excellent viewing where your loved ones and group members can cheer you on as you experience bodyflight! As you progress in your skills, you will have the opportunity to start flying with others.
Yes, spectators are welcome.
SkyVenture is a vertical wind tunnel with fans located at the top to draw the air upwards through the flight chamber. You will experience a controlled environment providing you with just the right amount of air flow for the utmost flight enjoyment. Read more about How Indoor Skydiving Works.
In skydiving, different body positions permit an individual to control the way they fall. For example, when in a belly to earth position, extending the legs straight out will permit the individual to fly forward. Bending the legs will permit the individual to fly backward. These ‘flight controls’ include sliding to the left or right, pivoting in position and increasing or decreasing the fall rate. The combination of any of these controls is body flight. Skydivers love flying in a wind tunnel as it allows them to fine tune their controls in a controlled environment.
Many people think skydiving is simply falling to earth followed by the deployment of a parachute and the landing. This is not the case! What individuals do during that free fall is what makes skydiving so much fun! As you’ll learn in indoor skydiving, skydivers are able to control their body flight using different body parts as literal rudders to allow freedom of movement. It’s an incredible sensation!
As individuals improve their body flight skills, joining other skydivers to execute preset routines or “dive flows” is incredibly satisfying. These dive flows allow for the measurement of their execution within a specified amount of time thus creating skydiving competition.
While it may look easy, doing flips and tricks in the wind tunnel takes a lot of practice! To ensure the safety of our guests, advanced maneuvers are reserved for experienced flyers only. During your first flight, depending on your comfort level, you may have the opportunity to try turns, move up, down, front and back. WARNING: Once you get a taste of flying, you will probably want to do it again and again. Take advantage of our repeat flyer package and elevate yourself to the next level of tunnel flying!
People typically describe the feeling of indoor skydiving like something between flying and floating. It’s similar to the feeling you get in free fall when you go skydiving. Your instructor will assist you at all times to ensure that you maintain a stable body position.
Indoor skydiving is not scary at all. To begin, you will simply lean forward from the door, until you are supported by the airflow and you will be in flight! You will not experience any sensations of falling or jumping and your experienced instructor will guide you every step of the way.
Indoor skydiving is a very safe sport. Before you fly, you will go through a safety briefing so you know what to expect and how to maintain proper body position in the tunnel. Risks are typically limited to minor bumps or scrapes with tunnel walls which you can prevent by wearing elbow and knee pads (if you wish). Your flight instructor will also be within arm’s reach through your entire flight to provide guidance and help you navigate bodyflight. Read more on Is Indoor Skydiving Safe.
Indoor skydiving isn’t without risk. Injury can occur when flying and that usually comes from bumping into the walls. The risk is relatively low as we have small children from age 3 able to fly without injury. Flight instructors do accompany flyers in the tunnel to help with body position and controllability.
Most flight sessions are broken up into two-minute increments. This doesn’t sound like very much time, but once you experience indoor skydiving, you’ll realize that it’s an amazing workout and will tire you quickly. The most well-trained flyers train in two minute increments. Flying for much longer does cause fatigue and can increase the chance of injury.
On our way to the US Open we passed the indoor skydiving facility. The next day was my husbands 71st birthday and he decided that's what he wanted to do for his birthday. It was for us to do together...., I was apprehensive but far be it for me to spoil his birthday. I read all your reviews and checked their safety first. What a pleasant surprise. I loved it. It is for all ages and better then jumping out of an airplane.... Just plain fun!!!