Biting your nails a little (or a lot) at the prospect of exiting the open door of an aircraft zooming miles over the landscape? Boy howdy, do we ever understand! Skydiving is scary for most people, and for good reason. After all: if you’re the kind of person who likes to limit variables when you try new things, the idea of:
…Okay, that’s eight ideas. Yikes! Anyway, the combined idea of doing all that can (and, arguably, should) spook you a bit.
What if we told you there was a way to have a perfectly ecstatic experience while reducing that number down to one? O happy day, but there is. These days, more and more people are choosing to have their first freefall experiences in the vertical “indoor skydiving” wind tunnel, also referred to by some old-timers as a “skydiving simulator.”
If you’re unsure jumping from a plane is for you, a skydiving simulator (also known as “indoor skydiving”) is almost certainly your ticket to freefall–at least, for the first few times. Here’s what you should know!
Bring the whole family! Unlike “outdoor” skydiving, which has a strict lower age limit of 18, the indoor version (in the “skydiving simulator”) can be done by adventurers from the age of 2 to 92. There are a few health considerations, but they’re pretty straightforward and common-sense: to fly, you must not be pregnant, have any prior shoulder dislocations, wear a cast, or be under the influence. You also shouldn’t have a history of neck, back, or heart conditions. As to indoor skydiving weight limits: If you weigh over 250, please do give us a call to discuss the booking.
Remember that eight-point list up there? Yeah, buddy! Skydiving can be a lot to wrap your mind around. Here’s the trick, though: Your fear of skydiving and your fear of the unknown are exactly the same thing. They’re twins. If you fight down one, you’re well on your way to winning the war with the other adversary. The magic is that fear of the unknown dissolves once something is known. It follows, then, that spending some time in the tunnel will help your body and mind acclimatize to the new-and-spooky noises and sensations of skydiving, so once you get out there for your first tandem skydive (at Paraclete XP, naturellement!) it’ll be that much easier to cut loose and just enjoy yourself…and it’ll be that much easier to slay your general fear of the unknown, which will be a massive personal coup. Right?
Many people come to the “skydiving simulator” just because it provides a useful simulation of skydiving. Yup! But, beyond that, while pretty much all of the skills and body positions you’ll learn here carry directly over into skydiving, the reason most people return over and over again to indoor skydiving is because it’s the most addictive kind of fun. You’ll be sure to to leave with a smile — and it won’t be long before you return with the rest of your tribe.
What’s the upshot? Well: Flying in a skydiving simulator like Paraclete XP is the perfect way to bridge the gap between indoor skydiving and actual skydiving, and it’ll take the “eek factor” right out! Make your reservation today.
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.