Indoor Skydiving With AirKix

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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’.

wind tunnel

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.

Have you ever done anything like this?
May 19, 2016
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  • sarah Lea

    Indoor Skydiving sounds great fun! That tunnel would terrify me, haha. I’m claustrophobic, still looks fun though. I bet you had a great adrenaline rush 😀 Haha I like that you made your friend go first, I probably would have too, lol. It sounds like you had a great time! :) xx

  • It looks like great fun, but you are far braver than me it would scare me to death, there is no way I could do it. Well done x

  • My daughter went here with her boyfriend to do this and she absolutely loved it, you wouldn’t catch me doing it though I’m terrified of heights :)

  • This is something I would have loved to have done once upon a time, it sounds like just so much fun. x

  • Renna Creighton

    I’m still tempted…. As this is the only way I would experience anything like a free fall, as you wouldn’t catch me jumping out of a plane. It looks fun.

  • I too am tempted but the big fear of any heights in me kinda tells me to stay put lol.

  • Mary Ylagan

    OMG! You just made me jealous! I am 100% adrenaline seeker! Something to add on my list!

  • Sarahjane

    Sky Diving is definitely on my bucket list for sure and this looks like a fun and exciting way to dip the toe in the water first. Looks great!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    My husband did this for his birthday a couple of years ago and he loved it.

  • A friend of mine has done this before and it looks so cool! I’d definitely like to try this out before (maybe) real sky diving one day!

  • Things Sarah Loves

    This looks like so much fun! It’s something I had never thought about trying before but I’ll definitely keep my eye out for any deals.

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    This looks like so much fun but I think I am too scared to do it haha x

  • bloggingastrid

    Sound slike quite a good experience. I’m not tha tmuch of a thrill seeker so I never considered skydiving. Given that t’s trickier indoors t han when doing a real tandem dive, it soudns a bit too scary and hard for me.

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I would be terrified to try it but it looks and sounds like such a buzz x

  • kitty kaos

    I have never been sky diving it looks crazy fun though x

  • My sons have been there a few times and really loved it. It’s definitely much trickier than the professionals make it look though!

  • Beth

    Oh wow I have never done anything like this before. This looks amazing

  • Five Year Target

    Me and my partner go to Milton Keynes to the ski slope in the Xcape centre a few times a year! We can never resist the air tunnel! Another tip is wait until the day (make sure you’ve got backup plans like the cinema etc) as they do really good walk in deals. But be prepared to wait upto two hours for your slot!

  • Tanya Brannan

    I have been past here so many times but have never tried it! Looks like something that could be good during the summer holidays

  • Melanie Edjourian

    OMG my sister would love this, bet she would love to give that a go.

  • Louise

    This sounds amazing, I’ve always wanted to try this out as I’m at the Xscape quite often but I’ve never gotten around to it. It sounds super fun though so maybe I’ll finally book in x

  • bericebaby

    Noway! This is brilliant!
    I’ve always wanted to do this – BUT I know I would be so scared.
    Thanks for sharing hun, I might just look into it 😀
    Charlotte x

  • i would love to do this one day. ive been trying to get people to go but no luck :(

  • Sus Davy

    How cool! I have done a real skydive around 10 years ago, but would love to try this too!

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