Everything to Know About Indoor Skydiving
Indoor skydiving is quickly gaining popularity as a fun alternative to outdoor skydiving. So much so that it has been widely petitioned to be considered an Olympic sport!
You must be wondering how indoor skydiving works and why anyone would opt for it when they could just as well skydive over some beautiful coastline. We’re here to tell you why indoor skydiving is, in its own way, a thrilling experience.
About Indoor Skydiving
You know how you prepare to freefall for 5-7 minutes out of an airplane while skydiving? Indoor skydiving is nothing like this!
If you're not prepared to try jumping out of an airplane, indoor skydiving is the next best option. You don’t have to worry about nerves and anxiety, or about jumping out of an airplane from a height of 13,000 ft. Indoor skydiving is carried out in a controlled, safe environment where you simply float on a cushion of air in large, circular wind tunnels. Indoor skydiving is completely safe, convenient and cost-effective.
Each indoor skydiving facility is designed and equipped with large tunnels. Heavy gusts of wind are pushed vertically upwards through these tunnels; in this way, you’re held up by said gusts of wind, making it seem like you’re flying. This gives you the thrill and experience of skydiving, without the pressure of having to actually jump out of an airplane.
These vertical tunnels are enclosed by strong, thick glass and are about 10 m in height. They counter gravity through ‘drag’ and not ‘lift’. Operated by giant fans, heavy winds at approximately 200 km/h are pushed upwards, on which a human body floats in mid-air, similar to the experience of an actual freefall. The fan speed is adjusted to accommodate the weight of each skydiver. Each wind tunnel comes prepared with a safety net at the bottom to prevent any rare mishaps.
Know Before You Go Indoor Skydiving
Indoor skydiving is a great option to consider if you’re afraid of heights or would like to experience freefall without skydiving from an airplane. Here are a few things to know before you try indoor skydiving:
1. You will be assigned a flight instructor who will train you before your indoor skydive. They will take you through all the necessary indoor skydive positions and movements to adapt, what to expect, how to float and more.
2. You will be given a flight suit, goggles, shoes and earplugs before your skydive.
3. Practice the arch position repeatedly! Once you perfect this move, your indoor skydiving experience will be far more enjoyable
4. Indoor skydiving is not recommended for pregnant women and those with joint dislocations and similar injuries
5. Each flight lasts roughly 1 minute. So make the most of it.
6. Anyone can go indoor skydiving. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
7. There may be certain weight restrictions in place. Please check with the skydiving facility before you enroll.
Don’t forget to try some spins and rolls while flying!
Indoor Skydiving Tips
1. Get the photos/videos package at the facility. This experience is something you would definitely want to remember.
2. There are no such dietary restrictions before an indoor skydive. You can have a regular meal before your scheduled skydive.
3. Schedule your skydive at least two weeks in advance to avoid missing the opportunity
4. The first skydive will probably be overwhelming and you won’t be able to register each moment. In the second indoor skydive, try some rolls, turns and spins!
5. Try and get to your skydiving facility an hour in advance to complete all paperwork and standard health checkup before your scheduled skydive
6. Remove all jewelry and accessories before your skydive to prevent losing them