Over the last few decades, and particularly the last few years, indoor skydiving has evolved from a fun experience that replicates the sensation of freefall to a hybrid of breakdancing, figure skating and high diving. Watching the most practiced and talented flyers is an amazing experience, and it looks like they have magical powers zooming about in any and every direction.
This might have you questioning your own abilities before even experiencing the wind tunnel for the first time. But do not be dissuaded. Indoor skydiving at Paraclete XP is accessible to everyone.
Children are often excluded from other extreme sports and adventure activities — such as an actual skydive, where a majority of places you must be 18 — but with a minimum age of three even the smallest kids can skydive indoors.
Sometimes, they’re intimidated by the noise of the tunnel so it is important that their earplugs are in properly. But our instructors are used to making sure that everyone is correctly prepared, and will apply extra time and effort with children. Once they are ready to go, you will be amazed at how well children adapt to the wind tunnel environment. And since they’re smaller, they have extra space to fly!
Taking care of yourself and maintaining a reasonable level of health is a great idea for a lot of reasons, but you don’t need to be a fitness guru for indoor skydiving. The most important thing is your attitude toward the process, and as a result everyone who simply wants to progress can through the training. Spending time in this sport really teaches you to be measured with your assumptions, as the least likely looking person can be an absolute master. Age, gender and physical prowess don’t matter. Practice and technique make the difference in indoor skydiving.
An individual being fit, strong or bendy can help with the various styles of flying, but the most important thing is that everything you do to make your body fly is composed of small, simple movements. The goal for good indoor skydiving skills is to use the smallest amount of energy to achieve the desired result — which makes everything look good and feel easy. Training can be a challenge but remember you are ultimately aiming for the opposite of tiredness, sweat and hard work.
Other activities that involve balance and coordination can help you learn flying, but realistically there is nothing in our daily lives that can be linked to the way you use your body in the wind. The interesting part about this is that everyone’s learning from scratch to fly their own body.
Don’t let any disability or physical differences make you think it is not possible to learn indoor skydiving. Even some of the more challenging situations, such as multiple missing limbs or a high level of visual impairment, are good to go. Additionally, people that have disabilities, or a condition that makes their daily life physically challenging, quite often have already developed a strong version of the determined mindset required for indoor skydiving.
Indoor skydiving is an awesome experience and a rewarding sport that can be done by almost everyone. Over time, instructors teach and fly with absolutely every size, shape and variety of human in the tunnel and have strongly developed skills applicable to any situation.
This could mean simplifying their briefing for small children or altering the visual cues to touch-based signals for those with vision impairments. Also, it is always possible to include more than one instructor if needed. While there are many health issues where you should assess things carefully, almost always indoor skydiving is possible. If you have doubts or any questions at all, the best thing to do is speak directly to one of our highly experienced instructors who can inform you about what exactly is involved.
Join us for a flight and you will quickly understand that indoor skydiving is for everyone!
We have been twice now and absolutely love it and are already planning our next family flight! Andy, Derek, and all of the staff have been amazing. They are excellent with both kids and adults, and our 4 year old daughter can't get enough! The facility is top notch, and they ensure you have a safe and REALLY fun time. You can tell everyone loves what they do, and it more than their job - it is their passion. I would HIGHLY recommend this for kids and families, and they even offer birthday party packages.
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