Episode 1 of Magic Adventures features the activity of going indoor skydiving. If this is something you have ever considered, we highly recommend it! It is a physical activity and you will use lots of back muscles but it is like nothing else you have ever done. Go ahead, give it a try and go flying!
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Indoor Skydiving is very hard to describe because there is almost nothing like it. It is an adrenaline rush yet it is completely safe. It is exciting for adults yet safe enough for kids as young as three. It truly is an adventure the entire family will love. There are minimum weight requirements, usually around 40 pounds, so check with your facility before taking young children.
Locate a Facility by Search the Web
Indoor skydiving tunnels have sprung up all over the world, but most are located in major metropolitan areas. Search the web to see what is close to you. For search terms, try searching on “Indoor Skydiving”, “Sky Venture”, "AirKix" or "iFly". These are names of some of the main manufactures of indoor skydiving wind tunnels. If you cannot find a location near you, consider planning this adventure on your next vacation. Las Vegas, Orlando and many other resorts now offer indoor skydiving.
Budget and Ways to Save
While the fun factor is over the top, this is also an adventure that can be expensive when getting started. Your first flight will be the most expensive because of the training classes you will be required to take. Expect to spend $50 to $60 per person for the first flight. After that, flight time averages around $18 per minute, per person. That may sound expensive, but trust us, two minutes in the wind tunnel is a long time! Limit your flight time on the first visit as you may find that you are a bit sore after holding your skydiver’s arch in the wind tunnel. There are ways to save money when indoor skydiving. First, check with your facility for off-hours rates. Some times will be more expensive that others. Second, see if any special deals are currently being offered. Some facilities offer skydiving leagues. Once you are past your training class you can join a league and then share a block of air time with the other participants. This is a great way to get a lot of air time at a much reduced rate. Finally, if you hold either an IBA level 1 or higher certification, or a current USPA A license or higher, many facilities will offer air time for as low as $15 per minute.
Wear the Right Clothing
You will be wearing a flight suit so wear comfortable clothing that will fit under the suit. This activity will require you to move around, holding the skydiver's arch position and maneuver your arms and legs to achieve the optimal flight position, so choose clothing that allows free movement. Be sure to wear tight fitting shoes that will not blow off in the 100+ mile per hour wind. Loose fitting shoes will not be allowed in the wind tunnel. Remember, if your shoes come off, you will most likely never see them again.
Not Everyone Has to Skydive
Keep in mind, not everyone has to skydive. Most tunnels offer a viewing area and just watching skydivers can be very fun. Plan on extending your adventure by arriving early or saying after your flight to watch other participants. While everyone is fun to watch, the pros are especially entertaining when they are demonstrating their many aerial tricks.
Budget Extra for a Video of Your Flight
Many facilities offer a video service where your time in the tunnel will be filmed. You won’t be able to take a camera in the wind tunnel, so consider budgeting $20 to $25 for a video of your session. You will watch it over and over again and it is a great way to preserve the memory of your skydiving adventure.