Smiling young flyer in the Paraclete XP tunnel.

I’ve Done An Initial Indoor Skydive – What’s Next?

Friday, August 20, 2021

I’ve Done An Initial Indoor Skydive – What’s Next?

Indoor skydiving has been around for a while now, with the first recorded flight way back in the sixties – and the initial commercial operation opening in the early eighties. It is really over the last decade though, that the sport has grown exponentially into something way bigger than anyone initially considered. Indoor bodyflight has, and very much is, associated with skydiving from airplanes – but over time vertical wind tunnel flying has developed into its own sport, with unique tricks, techniques, methods, and practices.

Indoor skydiving very much feels like jumping out of an airplane, and is an excellent way to get a taste of what freefall is like in a well-managed environment – but it is also way more than just a ride or experience. If you’re asking “I’ve done an initial indoor skydive, what’s next,” here are some of the things you can go on to do after that first go…

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Learn Tricks

The indoor skydiving tricks that people can achieve are mind-blowing. As soon as you are stable in your belly flying position, you can move on to learning new orientations and transitions. Once you can move around on your belly with reasonable control, next comes back flying. As soon as you can do the same with your back presented down towards the wind, you can start to practice flipping yourself between the two. These positions and moves take practice to master, but the process is very rewarding and a lot of fun.

It Is Cheaper

Your first flight requires some necessary training and admin. After this the cost of buying and flying time comes down, with air time available from as little as $41.67 for a two-minute block. The more time you buy, the cheaper the per-minute cost becomes – which is why our pro-flyers aim to buy as much in one go as they can (because they know they are hooked and they are going to use it over time). Keep an eye out for our special deals, as these can appear on short notice and be great for your progress. 


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Bring Your Friends

Indoor skydiving really is the more the merrier. Once you have a little bit of time under your belt and can move around in the flight chamber with control and awareness, you can fly with other suitably qualified people. This is where things become exponentially more fun, as the goal of all the solo training is to ultimately zoom around with your pals. The best way to get going with group flying is to join us for a party or team-building event, where you can all find out together how much fun it is to fly with your body.

Join A Team

If you want to take things to the next level and get serious with your progression – the best way is to join (or form) a team. There are many disciplines in the sport of indoor skydiving, from belly formation flying – where the goal is to make as many shapes as possible, artistic flying – which is like a combination of ice skating and break dancing, to dynamic flying – which basically means racing each other around timed routes. Being in an indoor skydiving team is quite a commitment, but the rewards are huge and the adventures many. 

Indoor skydiving skills are a challenging and amazing pursuit. Good flyers seem to have magical powers and superhuman awareness, as they use every inch of the flight chamber to perform amazing tricks and follow each other through complex lines. We have also gotten very good overtime at passing these skills on to others, and while there is definitely a lot to learn – you will likely be surprised about how quickly it is possible to progress. It all starts with that amazing first flight, but only gets better from there.   


Young boy smiles while flying in the tunnel at the Paraclete XP youth league.

What a great experience! Derek was a fantastic instructor and was wonderful with our whole family. Thanks for a great time, and for putting up with our mid-air catastrophes, fly always, and general chaos!
We can't wait to come back!

Kelly Burich