After Justin and I went skydiving a few years ago (on a Groupon of course 😉 ), I had been curious about what the indoor version would be like. I loved the free fall feeling of jumping out of an airplane, but I have never had a great experience with parachutes. For whatever reason they make me dizzy and nauseous. Yuck.
So, when visiting family friends in Dallas, we decided to try out indoor skydiving at iFly for the first time. We pre-booked the group package, and we got there shortly before our scheduled time. After filling out our forms, we headed upstairs to begin the fun!
Once we were near the flight zone, we attended a quick safety lesson with our instructor and got geared up to fly.
Time to Fly
Our guide lined us up and walked us into this indoor loading zone that leads up to the wind tunnel for flying. With the package we purchased, each participant flew two times for 60 seconds each with the instructor. On the second flight, the participant had the option choose to fly higher in the chamber for a small additional fee.
When it came time for my turn, I found it difficult to enter the area. I tried leaping out into the air, but the pressure from the wind strongly resisted. The instructor guided me out.
He stressed the importance of relaxed muscles during the class, but it’s a lot harder than it sounds! Because I was nervous and felt a little awkward, I encountered difficulty with my positioning. When I went real skydiving, I didn’t have a lot of time to think about what to do with my arms. I just knew I wanted out of the sketchy airplane.
When my second turn approached, Justin and I decided that we were both going to do the flying higher experience. This was my favorite part of the activity! While it doesn’t exactly feel like actual skydiving, I really enjoyed myself.
However, I was a little embarrassed about how much saliva I produced from all the wind on my face. Also, I may have screamed a little… or a lot. The guys taking photos were definitely laughing with me.
Thoughts on the Experience
Overall, I had a great time at iFly in Dallas. The instructors and workers are hilarious and fun to be around. The only downside? This activity is a bit expensive. So I’m not sure if I’ll ever do it again. I’ll never say never, though!