Up, Up, Up and away... Suzi goes indoor Skydiving!

January 23rd, 2013

As you may know, iDID sends it's volunteers and staff off to try out latest crazes in the adventure world. Well, 2013 is no different and we started this year off with a bang - indoor skydiving!! 

I have to admit, when I was in Australia I did a real skydive so I was a bit snobby about the indoor alternative. I thought, there was no way you could compare the two... how wrong i was!

For my skydive, i didn't have an interpreter and just hoped that i would understand all of the instructions. I arrived to be greeted by really friendly staff (all of whom where uber cool) and headed to the training room to learn all the moves. In training, you sit down and watch a video (insert interpreter and written transcription) and spend some time being tested on your new found knowledge. You are taught about positioning when you are inside the chamber and because the jet engine (yes, i said jet engine) is so loud, everyone needs a few signs when they are flying.

Once the instructor is happy that everyone has understood the training, it's off to get your kit on.... excitement!  

We headed to the "wardrobe" to get our jump suits and helmets; the instructor gave me a choice of wearing a normal helmet, or one with a cuddly toy on top... of course, I went with the cuddly toy - a monkey more specifically.

You can imagine how I looked, 27 year old with a monkey on my head...

I so didn't care, i loved it! 

Let me explain little about how indoor skydiving works. There is a chamber in the shape of a cylinder with a rather large jet engine (thing) underneath. The wind created by the engine is so powerful that it you can achieve flying... Very cool. Your instructor is trained to be able to handle the wind and can stand whilst you are flying. This means that he/she can support you. 

As we walked to the chamber, I began to get a little nervous - I didn't really know what to expect and was slightly worried about my balance issues. I watched as the others took their flight and it was amazing! Any time they wobbled, the instructor was right there to correct them and sign what they needed to do to correct their positioning. My confidence started to build and I started to get more and more eager to jump in! 

My turn came and i stood at the entrance with my instructor. They hold onto you and basically jump in with you so you fall straight into the flying position. It sounds such a short time when they say you fly for a few minutes at a time, but it honestly feels like you're in there for ages.

Back to my snobbery - the indoor skydiving gives you exactly the same feeling as when you a free falling from the plane (just a lot more safer!). I was genuinely surprised at this as the price difference is in its hundreds! 

After a couple of flights, we were given the option to have an extra experience where the instructor takes you spinning up and down the tunnel... of course I was ALL FOR THAT! 

With my experience finished, it was off with the jump suit and straight down to reception to look at the photos... The images looked hilarious, there is me flying in this chamber, but all you can notice is a large monkey flapping about on my head! 

I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone, it is absolutely brilliant and great fun. I can't wait for iDID's indoor skydiving event on the 24th February. iDID have negotiated some great discounts for the event so it is a great opportunity to try something new AND save some money! 

Check out the event page for more details

 

Categories:  All   iDID Adventure  

Posted By:  Susanne Rees

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