A little piece of me has always wanted to go sky diving. I’ve gone back and forth on it, and have had some different places & packages picked out but have never gone ahead and booked it. Will I some day? Not sure yet. BUT, when I saw videos and heard about indoor skydiving, I knew I had to check it out! Not sure how similar of a feeling it really is to the real deal, but let me tell you about my experience with the indoor skydiving at iFLY in Rosemont, IL.
My husband and I booked the “Spread Your Wings for Two” package which at the time included two flights and a video clip for each of us. We got to the building early, and I was excited but also a little nervous not knowing what to expect.
When we checked in for our flights, they asked if we wanted to add a high flight at the end of our 2nd flight. Basically that is where the instructor holds onto you and you fly in circles up high and back down a couple times. We went ahead and added that on. Next, we went up a flight of stairs and there it was… the wind tunnel. Nerves still high, we sat down and watched people ahead of us. They looked like they were having fun! Our group was called, and we went into another room where we learned the hand symbols and appropriate flight positioning, then watched a safety video. When that was done we got suited up with a jumpsuit, eye protection, ear plugs, and a helmet. Then we lined up and started our flights one by one.
I believe each flight was 1 minute, which sounds short, but it was just about right. At least for me, my muscles started getting tired holding the proper flight position after awhile. On our 2nd flight, the high flight was worth adding on, but if I went again I probably wouldn’t do again. The wind tunnel was pretty strong when flying low so I preferred just flying in the middle, though I’m glad I tried it once!
I think it’d be a lot of fun going back and learning to do some tricks. I could definitely see doing this again in the future, BUT next time I think I’d pay a little extra for the helmets that they rent with the face shield. I think the high flight would be more enjoyable with that. Also, my husband had an issue wearing contacts while on his first flight. I think his goggles were a bit loose, but he lost a contact in the mean time, so the other helmet looks like it would be easier on the eyes too :)
Post flight photo! Afterwards we got certificates, and could pick which video clips (our 1st or 2nd flight) that we wanted as part of our package. They then emailed our videos to us, which was pretty slick.