Indoor skydiving is a thrilling sport that got its name from skydiving. Unlike outdoor skydiving, indoor skydiving makes use of a vertical wind tunnel to simulate a free fall. The first recorded human flight in a wind tunnel was in 1964 when Jack Tiffany, a NASA scientist, tried the Wright Patterson wind tunnel in the Air Force base in Ohio. During this time, Tiffany was working on the Apollo Space Program.
It wasn’t until 1997 when SkyVenture invented a wind tunnel design with a wall-to-wall airflow. Two years later, a commercial wind tunnel was opened to the public. Today, indoor skydiving is a popular sport that caters to adventurous people. Even children as young as three years old can start indoor skydiving.
If you are up for a challenge, give indoor skydiving a try. It’s a fun and challenging sport. It’s less intense than outdoor skydiving, where you jump off an airplane but the feeling of freefall is all the same. Indoor skydiving is a good workout that tests your overall athleticism—balance, strength, mobility, and flexibility. Although you don’t need any experience when you indoor skydive, improving your fitness results in a better flight experience.
You don’t need to bring special clothing or gear when you skydive. You can wear everyday clothes like shorts or pants (as long as they’re not restrictive), socks, t-shirts and closed lace-up shoes. Instructors will put your flight suit on top of your clothes, and there is no need to change. However, make sure to remove loose items like earrings, bracelets, necklaces, watches, rings, and pocket items before flying.
If it is your first time, you will be required to take a training session. You’ll learn a lot of helpful information and receive some pre-flight practice with your flying posture. Lessons will also help you prepare so you will know what to expect on your first flight. Contrary to what people think or what it might look like, indoor skydiving is generally not scary. There is no motion sickness involved, and you will simply feel like you are floating in an air column.
Indoor skydiving is a great aerial sport that has grown considerably in the recent years. It’s an activity that beginners and long-time skydiving enthusiasts alike can enjoy. With the rise of more and more wind tunnel venues, the future is indoor skydiving definitely looks bright.