Skydiving has been one of those things which has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I imagine myself in a far away country jumping out of a plane and feeling the adrenaline pump. I’ve never been that fussed about doing it in this country but then I discovered that you could indoor skydiving.
The concept is a little bit crazy but a really clever one. You go into a wind tunnel and effectively feel exactly how you would if free falling during a real skydive. Recently I spotted a Groupon deal for indoor skydiving through AirKix who are based at the Xscape Centre in Milton Keynes not too far from where I live so I bought the deal and booked myself and my best friend up to go.
After signing our waivers, watching some safety videos and getting kitted up in overalls, glasses, ear plugs and a helmet I could feel the adrenaline rushing. I tend to get scared before I do anything new, I think this type of fear is really healthy and relish in it. We had about 20 minutes to kill watching other people finish their turn and part of me thought ‘ah this looks easy’ and the other part of me thought ‘Shit how am I going to do this’.
I made my friend go first because I wanted a benchmark of what it looked like and it actually looked pretty hard. We had two, one-minute falls which doesn’t sound like a lot but when you’re in there it really is. The actual freefall time when you do a real skydive is only about 30 seconds so it’s actually quite a long time. And when you do a tandem skydive (with another person) they do all the work so you just enjoy the view but when doing indoor skydiving it’s all you. You have to balance, you have to adjust your arm and leg positions to stay up and not move around too much.
You don’t just walk into the air tunnel you kind of dive in arms and legs up and let the air assist you. I have to admit it was trickier than I thought it would be but with the help of the staff there, I managed to stay afloat. It’s such a strange experience and hard to explain but it was definitely something I’d love to do again.
During our second flight, we were offered the chance to do a high flyer where the wind is ramped up and the person helping you takes you right up high before you plummet down and then do the whole thing again. This was an extra £5 but well worth it as most of the rest of the time you’re just a metre or two off the ground.
Indoor skydiving is definitely something I would recommend if you like your adrenaline rushes and want to do something unusual and Groupon are pretty good for deals as it can work out expensive otherwise.