As far as the setting is concerned, the main difference between indoor skydiving and skydiving is quite apparent. As the name suggests, indoor skydiving takes place within the covered confines of a building, while skydiving takes place out in the open of the great outdoors. Aside from the backdrop of the activity, there are also the added accoutrements to outdoor skydiving that set it apart from indoor skydiving as well: the aircraft, the parachute, and the place to land.
Yet, while these are all relevant and important distinctions, there is more that differentiates indoor skydiving from skydiving than you’ll catch at first glance and, likewise, a great deal more that sets indoor skydiving apart from its outdoor counterpart. We have five lesser-known differences in mind.
As far as the sensation of flight is concerned, indoor skydiving is as close as you can come to experience the freefall portion of a skydive without strapping on a parachute and pitching yourself from an airplane. Indoor skydiving mimics the feeling of freefall almost exactly while trimming away the external factors that cause many first-timers anxiety. Because there is a smaller barrier to entry, indoor skydiving is a much less intimidating first step to flight than traditional skydiving. In fact, the only barrier to entry is a willingness to try.
At its very core, general aviation is expensive. As far as a skydiving operation is concerned, there are also the costly elements of the proper maintenance of aircraft, the acquisition and upkeep of modern skydiving equipment, and the employment of professional, skydiving instructors to include. The necessary cost of these measures is reflected in the price of a tandem skydive. For many, indoor skydiving is a more affordable way to get a taste of what skydiving feels like before making an investment in a tandem skydive.
As an extreme sport, skydiving has rigid restrictions concerning age. The minimum age to participate in skydiving at a United States Parachute Association group member dropzone is 18. Alternatively, indoor skydiving is accessible to individuals from ages ranging from 3-93, and possibly even older! In order to participate, an individual needs to be in relatively good physical condition. If you have questions regarding your ability to indoor skydive, give us a call.
While skydiving requires extensive training before you can fly solo, comparatively, it is quite easy to learn to fly self-sufficiently in the wind tunnel. Before your first indoor skydiving flight, you will receive a short briefing from your instructor. During this briefing, you will learn about the basic body position you need to maintain and will be introduced to the hand signals that your instructor will use to communicate with you while you fly. As you fly, your instructor will be right there in the tunnel with you to provide you with assistance should you need any.
Indoor skydiving is a great and fun way to experience the sensation of freefall. The risks involved with indoor skydiving are relatively mild: bumps and bruises are the primary injuries that we see. As you progress and begin to fly with other people, there is an additional risk of colliding with one another. Although, through training, we are able to minimize this risk.