iFLY Indoor Skydiving [Dedicated]
By: Natalie Bates
Indoor skydiving—I will admit, I was a little apprehensive about trying it out. However, with the brand-new iFLY Indoor Skydiving Ontario is now open in the Inland Empire, an adrenaline-pumping opportunity presented itself. Never one to shy away from trying new things, I grabbed my best friend and partner in crime, Lita, and went to check it out.
Upon our arrival at iFLY Ontario, we were both immediately in awe at the facilities. Bright, shiny and futuristic, one of the first things we saw was a few of the instructors practicing impressive maneuvers in the wind tunnel. Flying up, down, in circles, upside-down, joining together in formations . . . Whoa.
If I had any doubts about how cool indoor skydiving was, they were gone. The demonstration I just witnessed was incredible and looked crazy awesome.
After signing waivers, we were brought into a small classroom-like setting where we were shown an instructional video. We were shown the way to enter and exit the wind tunnel, how to position your body while flying and how to communicate with your instructor while you are in flight. The incredibly loud volume of the wind in the tunnel means hearing is basically non-existent, making the use of hand signals a necessity.
We learned that If we were doing anything wrong, our instructor would flash a hand signal telling us how to correct the problem (indoor skydiving isn’t only for fun; you also learn technique and may continue to build upon what you learn during your first flight in additional sessions). Once the video finished, our fun and helpful instructor, Chris, came back into the classroom to go over everything again to ensure we understood the process.
Then it was time to suit up! Having never actually been skydiving, I can’t really say how these jumpsuits compare, but it sure felt pretty awesome wearing them. Lita and I felt like we were astronauts working for NASA, getting ready to head into space. Suit, helmet, earplugs, goggles—we were ready to fly!
Even as a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, I have to admit . . . it was a little daunting staring into the wind tunnel, listening to Chris tell me to extend my arms and just lean forward into the wind. Letting go of everything and just allowing yourself to fall forward isn’t a particularly natural action—we are conditioned from youth to catch ourselves if we fall and to maintain our balance.
However, abandoning that notion and freeing myself from any remaining reservations was an incredible feeling. Who hasn’t wished at some point in their life that they could fly? Being completely airborne, held afloat by the force of wind, is the closest I have ever come to fulfilling that dream. I could go on forever about how amazing it was, or how completely exhilarating it was to experience the sensation of falling through the air without actually jumping out of a plane. But it wouldn’t do it justice. It is something you have to experience for yourself.
Would we ever do it again? Absolutely yes.
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