If Santa were a real dude, we’re sure he’d be a skydiver. And we’re equally sure he’d train in the vertical wind tunnel. Heck: It’s basically a glass chimney, right? And this guy goes up and down chimneys like nobody’s business. (We don’t even want to think about what it’s like to fly with a big bag of toys.)
We’re so sure he’d like it because everybody likes it. “Indoor skydiving” has taken the world by storm. While it was initially invented to simulate the experience of jumping out of an airplane, this nascent sport’s explosive popularity insists that it’s much more than the sum of those parts. Not only is tunnel flying a fantastic hobby for people of all ages– jumpers and non-jumpers alike–it’s a proper sport in and of itself. (There are even international-level indoor skydiving competitions. Seriously.)
Santa would also agree that indoor skydiving is the best, most unique gift you can give. An indoor skydiving gift certificate will soar above the fruitcakes, socks and gadgets, delivering experiential memories that’ll last a lifetime. (Who knows–maybe it’ll become a new obsession and your giftee will end up on the podium at an indoor skydiving world meet!)
Intrigued? We knew you would be. Here are a few questions we often answer about indoor skydiving gift certificates so you can start to plan that Christmas list.
At Paraclete XP, our indoor skydiving minimum age is a wee three years old. We don’t know any three-year-olds who are tricycle-commuting to Youth League, so the implication is clear: Indoor skydiving is a fantastic activity for the entire family to enjoy together.
Three might seem like a tender young age to be introduced to the airflow, but it’s not uncommon at all to see brave lil’ mini-mes kicking butt in the windytube. Often, younger flyers have the advantage: They pick up the techniques of indoor skydiving jaw-droppingly quickly.
It’ll start at the front desk with a hearty greeting and a waiver. From there, every flyer in the wind tunnel is given a safety briefing beforehand by a qualified, experienced, professional tunnel instructor. Thusly prepared, they’ll know what to expect and will be familiar with the foundations of bodyflight. From there, it’s game time! The instructor will issue each flyer a jumpsuit, a helmet, and a pair of goggles–and then welcome each new flyer to the airflow.
For a closer peek, watch it in action over our live indoor skydiving video feed.
As with any sport, there are some risks involved in indoor skydiving. Luckily, these risks are very minor: typically, the lumps and bruises that result from bumping into the tunnel walls. These typically only happen to more advanced flyers, because first-timers are–for precisely that reason–held by the instructor for the duration of their tenure in the airflow. The consensus of those of us who practice this sport is that its physical benefits far outweigh the risks. It involves a cardiovascular workout, strength training, flexibility and proprioception, all in one fell swoop.
Nine out of ten Santas agree: Indoor skydiving is the best holiday gift you can put under a tree. For flyers young and old, it’s a fantastic way to meet new people, to make new friends and to invest in a unique, exciting set of skills. Give the gift of wind this holiday season, and watch your loved ones take flight!