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.
The 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 remembering his skydiving experience about 20 years ago.
Pops, (my 74 year old father-in-law) joined us and showed that age is just a number not a state of mind!
Handsome Guy getting some hand correction advice from the instructor.
(Grammy can be seen snapping photos from the safety of the observation deck.)
If you sink down, there is a wire mesh net that gently bounces you back up.
There is one instructor inside the tunnel with you at all times to help you learn, stay safe and give you a thrilling experience.
Andy 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.
Look at me! I’m flying (with Andy’s assistance.)
Handy Boy #1 getting released for some free flying.
Handy Boy #2 had a great time flying like Superman!
I 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.
Apparently, Handsome Guy had such a thrilling ride, he let out a few expletives, but luckily no one heard him.
Pops 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.
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.