Look Mom! I’m Flying! {Indoor Skydiving}


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For Christmas this year I bought the boys (the younger ones and Pretty Handsome Guy) a gift certificate to go indoor skydiving. After the zipline tours, I knew our kids were not afraid of heights. And when it comes to being “thrill seekers” — let’s just say they definitely take after their Mom and Dad. Handsome Guy and I have both been “real” skydiving before and loved the experience. I have decided I won’t skydive again until my kids are grown and out on their own. (Gotta stick around to help raise these two handy boys.)

Indoor skydiving seemed like a great way to enjoy all the thrills of the free fall, but in a controlled environment. This weekend I took a brief break from the kitchen renovation to fly 53 feet up in a wind tunnel! It was so much fun and a nice break from work.

When you arrive, they suit you up with a wind suit, kneepads, goggles, ear plugs and a helmet. Then you get a few minutes of instruction outside the tunnel.

practice-skydive_form_on_floorThe instruction ahead of time taught us proper form and how to direct our bodies. But, most of all we learned hand signals because you can’t hear a darn thing once you are inside the wind tunnel!
handsome_guy_getting_airHandsome Guy remembering his skydiving experience about 20 years ago.

 

pops_flyingPops, (my 74 year old father-in-law) joined us and showed that age is just a number not a state of mind!

 

handsome_guy_levitatingHandsome Guy getting some hand correction advice from the instructor.
(Grammy can be seen snapping photos from the safety of the observation deck.)

 

me_levitatingIf you sink down, there is a wire mesh net that gently bounces you back up.

 

instructor_with_indoor_skydiverThere is one instructor inside the tunnel with you at all times to help you learn, stay safe and give you a thrilling experience.

exiting_wind_tunnelAndy was our dedicated instructor and he was really wonderful. He was gently and encouraging with the kids and really gave us the best 3 minutes of flying time.
me_flying_indoor_skydivingLook at me! I’m flying (with Andy’s assistance.)

 

9_yr_old_indoor_skydivingHandy Boy #1 getting released for some free  flying.

 

6_yr_old_indoor_skydivingHandy Boy #2 had a great time flying like Superman!

 

youngest_flyingI have to admit there is something a little disconcerting when watching your 6 year old being flown to the top of a 53 foot wind tunnel.

 

handsome_guy_high_upApparently, Handsome Guy had such a thrilling ride, he let out a few expletives, but luckily no one heard him.

 

pops_son_highPops and Handsome Boy #1 Flying to the top.

Here’s a video of our flights, be sure to watch the last two minutes where our instructor shows off his skills. C-R-A-Z-Y!

Would you go indoor skydiving if you had the chance? What about real outdoor skydiving?! You can learn more about both at ParacleteXP.com (in Raeford, NC.) Hope you had a great weekend, too.

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Disclosure: No disclosure necessary. I was not paid to write this post. I paid for our experience and wanted to share the fun with you.

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Comments

  1. John Pagliuca says:

    Way cool, Handy Family! Looks like you had fun, I’m trying to talk Di i nto doing it.

  2. Wow! Glad to see you had fun. This is on my 2013 list of new things to try. Is this the one at Fayetteville?
    Linda
    idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com

  3. That looks like so much fun! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything like that but I think I’ll have to do some investigating. It looks much safer than skydiving.

  4. That was awesome! Thanks for sharing the video too! I especially love the end with your instructor- too much fun!!

  5. Ahh, that looks fun! I’m on board with that low flying stuff in the video, but 50 feet up gives me the willies just thinking about it! And the real thing? Oh nooo, nope, never! I’m so impressed that you’ve been skydiving!

  6. SO COOL! That just made me smile and also realize I need to be a little more exciting. How fun for your family, bet they loved it ;)

  7. that looks like mission impossible stuff

  8. I showed your video to my kiddos and they are dying to go now! My seven year old asked if we could go tonight, lol!

  9. That looks like SO much fun.

  10. That looks like so much fun!! I want to do it! My daughter went skydiving and bungee jumping when she was studying abroad in Australia and said it was awesome. I think I’d prefer to do it in a more controlled environment. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Goodness, you are a brave one! I have a hard time getting in an airplane let alone jumping out of one! But I have to say, this indoor flying looks like fun! So, no I’ll never real skydive, but the indoor one I would try. Awesome video!
    Debbie :)

  12. Well, I never know what I’ll read here. I’d never heard of such a thing. I can see how it would be a fun experience, especially if you’re brave enough to sky dive. Can’t see doing it myself though. It was fun watching you and your family. If the company is reading these comments, I suggest you give this woman some comps!!!

  13. That just looked like a total blast Brittany! You got the hang of it so well. For awhile, I wasn’t sure if you were ever coming back down to earth. Such great fun, happy for you & your family.

  14. Hi,
    Did the real jumping once (and once only) back in 1983 – just two weeks before I was to leave for England for four weeks for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Probably not the best time to have gone! :-) Ya think?!?
    Only at 3000 feet and static line. All I can say then and now is, “Wow!” I’m still amazed at “hearing” absolute silence! Once all the checks were OK, just hanging around in the middle of the air had to be the best experience I’ve ever had. During that weekend we heard that the hardest jump is the second jump. The first you really don’t know what to expect but the second you’re completely aware. And after that it’s a piece of cake.
    What is truly bizarre is that I’m afraid of heigths if I don’t feel secure (still am). But jumping out of that plane didn’t really bother me. I guess it was the statistics they quoted us: at 3000 feet – if your chute doesn’t open and your spare doesn’t open – you only have 21 seconds to worry about it. I was OK with that.
    I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it. When I got home I called my parents. My Dad had jumped military-style with the Canadian army for over two years way back when. He was excited when I told him; my Mom – not so much.
    Oh well, I was young and foolish and had always wanted to try and I did. That was one off my to-do list! Yippee!
    Have never heard of the indoor type but sure looked like fun.
    All the best and happy Easter,
    Cathy

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