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 been skydiving 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 freefall, 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. View our FAQs page for suggestions on what to wear indoor skydiving.
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 correctly 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 dollars per second of freefall, indoor skydiving prices are really a savings!
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.
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Everyone was extremely friendly,fun and helpful! We were from out of town drove three hours and were running late from bad weather we had a group of 10 and they called us to tell us to be careful in the weather and to take our time on arriving. Our instructor was amazing we had 3 three yr olds and he did an amazing job with all of them!
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Can two people do this atty one time?
Hi Shameka, if you’re experienced in the wind tunnel, two people can fly together. If you’re relatively new, flying with an instructor would be required as two novice flyers could injure each other. Hope this helps!
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