The skills and techniques needed for indoor skydiving are unique. While good fitness and other sports that involve body awareness help you to get going in the right direction, everyone starts in the same spot with indoor skydiving — even the instructors.
The idea of zooming about in a glass tube with 100-plus miles per hour winds might have you asking yourself how safe indoor skydiving is. If you were to fly in the wind tunnel with zero training or information, it would be difficult and possibly hazardous, but with just a small amount of time spent beforehand, you will find confident and suitably yourself ready to go. This important information is covered in the pre-flight briefing, where you join your instructor in a classroom area to learn a few details about how to fly and a handful of safety procedures.
Over time, all indoor skydiving instructors develop their own individual style of making sure new flyers are correctly prepared but there are a few important things that all pre-flight briefings contain.
A nice arch shape with your body creates stability — hips down, chin up, arms and legs up high. During the classroom briefing, your instructor will likely have a volunteer, or maybe everybody, demonstrate what a good flying position looks like on the horizontal bench. If you go, this feels like hard work even for a short time, but when you are actually flying the wind holds you up and it feels comfortable and natural.
Because it is too loud for talking in the wind tunnel, communication is achieved by simple hand signals. Here are some of the ones you will be introduced to right away:
Incidents and accidents of any kind are very rare in indoor skydiving, but there are a few important common-sense rules to follow when heading into the staging area and flight chamber.
If you are worried about communicating with your instructor, don’t be! While it is too loud to talk to each other in the tunnel, instructors become very skilled at introducing new people to indoor skydiving. This is done through the hand signals described above, but also through body language, gestures, and even lip-reading. You will be surprised how easy it is to communicate and how good the tunnel staff is at making indoor skydiving very safe and enjoyable.
Tunnel instructors’ primary role is introducing people to indoor skydiving for the first time, but they are highly trained and qualified to teach ongoing skills. Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor about the next steps — they’ve all developed slightly different styles of teaching to reach every type of new flyer. Join us for your first indoor skydiving experience!