This introduction to Indoor Skydiving gives you two 1 minute 'flights' in a huge vertical wind tunnel, giving you a perfect skydiving simulation in the safest possible environment!
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Indoor Skydiving ... is that even possible? The answer is YES
... and it's thrilling fun! Using a wind tunnel that could be used
for testing the aerodynamics of an F1 racing car, you will step
into the airflow and then you are skydiving .. it's as simple as
that. It's an amazing concept that allows you to taste the thrill
of free fall in a completely safe environment. This fantastic
Discover Indoor Skydiving Kick-Start experience will give you two x
1 minute flights (that's as much freefall as 3 tandem sky dives!)
in the wind tunnel where you will get to perfect your basic free
fall technique! In each of your one minute flights, you will fall a
distance equivalent to 2 miles! An optional DVD is available at the
end of your experience to help you remember your day - not that
you're at risk of forgetting! Great fun guaranteed.
The wind tunnel is as close a simulation of actual skydiving as can possibly be achieved, and is - quite literally - an absolute blast! As you step into wind that is powerful enough to lift you from solid ground all the way to the top of a 20 foot tunnel, you just straighten your arms and let yourself fall forward into that wind. There will be an instructor present throughout your two Indoor Skydiving 1 minute flights, and he/she will coach and advise you with hand signals, as you bob around on a bed of air, like a cork in water.Indoor skydiving is a unique experience offering you the chance to understand what it is really like to jump out of a plane and free fall. During your 2 minutes of flight you will get the same freefall time of 3 actual skydives, and expert tuition from the professional instructors. After you have mastered a few techniques with the instructor's help you can really appreciate the fun involved with freefall and begin to maneuver yourself around the tunnel.
Indoor Skydiving is available from 11am to 10pm weekdays.
8am to 10pm weekends & Bank Holidays.
Please Note: You will be required to arrive at least 1 hour before your flight time to cover the introduction and safety briefing.
Minimum Age: 4
Maximum Weight: 18 Stone (252lbs or 114kg)
You cannot fly if you: Are heavily pregnant, are under the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs, are wearing a hard cast or have previously suffered a shoulder dislocation.
Anyone with a history of neck or back problems or heart conditions should seek advice from their doctor before flying.If you wear glasses, goggles can be supplied that fit over them.
Experience Duration: 01:30
Time at Venue: 02:00
You will be at the centre for around 90 minutes in total.
Please Note: You will be required to arrive at least 1 hour before your flight time to cover the introduction and safety briefing.
Participants: The Indoor Skydiving Kick Start is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 6
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
There is a free viewing gallery with disabled access and spectators are welcome.
All specialist equipment including flight suit, helmet, goggles
and pads are provided by the centre.
Please wear tight, lace-up trainers (or skate shoes). In the event that your shoes are unsuitable the centre will hire you a pair. You will be provided with a flight suit that fits over your normal clothes. So come dressed casually wearing trousers and a shirt with preferably a button-down collar or no collar such as a T-shirt.
This is not a weather dependent activity.
Had a great time as an office night out. This was my second time trying indoor skydiving and I was certainly more comfortable. 2 minutes is certainly enough time and it seems like a longer experience as you get to watch the other participants while waiting your turn.
This is such an incredible experience! Indoor skydiving is something that everyone should try, I'd recommend to anyone.
Pretty nerve-wracking at first but once you take the plunge and jump in it's an amazing experience. Instructors are fantastic and give you a little show at the end!
This was an incredible experience. I was a bit anxious to begin with but by my second go I loved every second!
This was my birthday treat in September. I thought the experience was awesome, and I would recommend it to friends and family - it is worth it. A once in a lifetime opportunity!
I was not sure at first, but once I got there I LOVED it !!
Skydiving in a wind tunnel! Amazing. I had the best time and would definitely like to take up more extreme activities - this was the first step toward doing an actual parachute jump!!!
Absolutely fantastic! The session was well planned and explained well. I was made to feel relaxed and the experience was fantastic. Just want to do it again now!!
This was an amazing experience! I would definitely recommend it, loved it!
It was an absolutely fabulious experience that I shared with my 7 Year old son. We both thoroughly enjoyed the day. The instructors were excellent in their approach and ability and made a potentially scarry experience for my son a most enjoyable one. Will definately recommend and have done so many times to my friends.
Unfortunately we were going to miss our slot because of terrible traffic... phoned them to tell them we weren't going to arrive in time,it wasn't a problem they just re-booked us on a flight for later in the day. Excellent customer service.Thanks very much.
I organised the skydive for my husband's 60th and my sons 30th, What a day it will have to be organised again for a family day.
The experience as a whole was amazing and definatly something i would do again.
Long time end to end for a short time in the air - speeding this up would be a great win. Brilliant time in the air and an experience I want to repeat.
A birthday treat for my daughter & 2 friends. A day they will never forget. Absolutely fantastic
On Friday 27th November the team and I hit the road and headed up to Milton Keynes for an indoor skydiving experience.
With it all being our first time flying, the journey consisted of us discussing funny stories of what could happen, and watching previous blooper videos. Definitely not the best way to calm our nerves, but an excellent way to pass the hours of stand still traffic on the M5.
Once we arrived at the centre and had all tied our hair into plaits, we met our lovely instructor Glenn, who instantly put us at ease. After we had filled in all the vital documents, we were invited to watch a safety briefing video, before getting kitted up and moving onto the fun stuff!
Now styling very fashionable attire of blue and red overalls, bright yellow helmet, ear plugs and large safety goggles, we were ready to fly…
As we made our way over to the wind tunnel to wait our turn, we caught a glimpse of what we were about to experience. The instructor and flyer were chasing each other round the tunnel in what we can only assume was a game of tag, either that or they’d totally lost control! Whatever they were doing, it looked immeasurably enjoyable.
Once their session had finished we swapped over, making our way into the glass tunnel and taking our seats in order around the screen. Luckily I wasn’t last in which meant I wasn’t going to be skydiving first!
By now the excitement was starting to mix with the nerves as we took our seats around the tunnel…
We were scheduled to have two flights, each consisting of one minute. A minute doesn’t sound particularly long but having now tried indoor skydiving and finding it to be quite a strenuous activity, I would say that it is the perfect amount of time. (And turns out that’s as much free-fall as three tandem skydives!)
First up to fly was Evie. As she stepped into the tunnel she was instantly lifted by the power of the winds, and she was flying! She made it look easy. On our first round we did some basic flying as we got used to the feeling and technique of how to hold our bodies. Those that had a slightly better knack to it were able to venture up higher, whilst the instructor supervised below.
Next up was Cat who also made it look effortless – if they could both do it I definitely could! Or so I thought up until I got into the tunnel, and was hit by the 120mph winds. It’s as if as soon as I got in the tunnel I completely forgot about keeping my body relaxed and my legs straight and I was all over the place, my legs flailing up and down – it’s fair to say I wasn’t the most graceful. It was a good job we got a second flight so I was able to redeem myself.
By my second turn I was feeling far more relaxed, especially after watching everyone else and observing the (correct) technique. On our second goes once we had mastered basic flying with the assistance of Glenn, we got to have a go at flying all the way to the top of the 20ft tunnel. Glenn began by slowly spinning us round gradually picking up the pace before we both blasted up to the top and back down again! The feeling was absolutely fantastic, as it made you feel so light and free, whilst enabling you to experience the real sensation of free fall flying. Something I would definitely recommend.
Once we had all experienced the thrill of flying, we of course needed an obligatory team photo, to document the moment! Really we should have taken this before we all went skydiving and had that wind swept look, but we managed to style it out!
We each received a certificate from Glenn showing which flying skills we had mastered, as well as a downloadable photo and DVD documenting the whole experience – this provided excellent entertainment as my first flight was definitely You’ve Been Framed worthy!
If you like the sound of indoor skydiving then grab a gift voucher today.
And don’t forget to check out the video of us flying below!
From the team at Experience Days.
iFLY’s Nick Wake has kindly taken the time to answer some of our all-important questions. With famous faces, world records and a brief history – this is definitely one to read!
Q. How did the idea behind setting up an indoor skydiving club begin?
A. Simon Ward founded the UK business in the 2005. A couple of years prior to that he was walking off the drop zone, after his 19th jump of the weekend, when another jumper landed into him at high speed. The impact left him with a broken neck and nerve damage. He got a bit of time to think – 22 months in fact, while he recovered and during that time he thought about indoor skydiving. The first tunnel opened in Milton Keynes, branded as Airkix. There are now three tunnels in the UK, including Manchester and Basingstoke, which since October 2016 have been operating under the iFLY brand.
Q. What would you say makes you unique on the market?
A. The experience of flying indoor is totally unique! There is nothing else quite like it. What’s more it not just a thrill ride. It’s a sport, which the more you do it, the better you get.
Q. If you had one thing you could tell every customer what would it be?
A. It’s very safe.
Q. Has anyone famous ever come along on an indoor skydive?
A. Over the last eleven years all three tunnels have played host to several events ranging from exciting to unusual including: The Rugby World Cup trophy, a dog flight and numerous wedding proposals.
iFLY has also attempted (and conquered) its fair share of world records in its time including solving a Rubix Cube in the wind tunnel (3 minutes, 16 seconds), longest kiss in freefall (31 minutes, 4 seconds) and the first ever ‘longest indoor freefall’ by legendary adventurer, Bear Grylls, together with UK champion Skydiver, Al Hodgson and iFLY instructor Freddy Macdonald.
Celebrities love to fly. Shortly before signing for LA Galaxy, David Beckham hired iFLY Milton Keynes exclusively for his family and friends as a New Year treat.
Other celebrity visitors also include: England football captain Wayne Rooney, radio DJ Joe Wiley, Take That singer Mark Owen, rapper Dizzee Rascal, glamour model Katie Price, model Elle Macpherson and Motorcycle racer and TV personality Guy Martin who filmed at iFLY Manchester during his TV documentary series, ‘Speed’.
A. Pretty much anyone can do it. One of our proudest achievements is our capacity for flying people with physical or mental disabilities. We get involved in lots of charity initiatives and are a great supporter of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA).
Q. Do you have any plans for the future? i.e. expanding etc.
A. Yes. Our mission is to deliver the dream of flight to everyone so iFLY tunnels are popping up all over the world. As for the UK….watch this space!
Q. Do you have anything you would like to add that has not been covered?
A. Our instructors like to think of themselves as the rock stars of the business and as far as our customers are concerned…they are! What many people don’t realise is that it takes many hours of training and great physical fitness to make it as an instructor. Those that do, get to live their dream of flight every day.
Nick Wake, Marketing Director, iFLY.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Nick for taking the time to answer some of our questions. Who knew that iFLY has broken World Records and seen so many Celebrity faces!
The indoor skydiving is available to be booked almost every day, throughout the year. All of our gift vouchers are valid for 10 months - the recipient is able to redeem their voucher and make a booking for a date which suits them.
The maximum weight for the Indoor Skydiving Kick Start is 18st (252lbs or 114kg).