Are you hankering to feel the rush of being airborne, exhilarated and free as a bird, in any type of weather? If your taste is for the great indoors, the sky’s still the limit when it comes to a skydiving experience like never before. RedBalloon can help you and your friends achieve the adrenaline rush of indoor skydiving from 14,000 feet (or at least that’s how it will feel), when you partake in introductory experiences that you’ll yearn to relive over and over again.
Where to go indoor skydiving?
If you’re based in Sydney, the iFLY custom-built centre in Penrith is the place to be. With a comfortable drive time of around 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD, the iFLY Downunder is located at 123 Mulgoa Road. This, as with all other iFLY centres throughout Australia, is the first of its kind with the state-of-the-art indoor skydiving. The Penrith centre features a five-metre-wide glass chamber, which is one of the world’s largest vertical wind tunnels.These wind tunnels also utilise the patented technology of one of the largest manufacturers of vertical wind tunnels in the world…and it shows: more than 5.5 million people have flown with iFLY Indoor Skydiving globally.
Is indoor skydiving worth it?
Actions speak louder than words and with an Indoor Skydiving Intro 2 flights Penrith package, you’ll be a high-flying convert for life. This package includes two exhilarating flights for you to feel the wind-tunnel rush in a fully controlled, ultra-safe environment, without the extensive wait times and training of outdoor skydiving. Of course, preparation is key to making the most of your indoor skydiving experience. You will receive comprehensive training, two unforgettable indoor flights, which comes complete with flight suit, helmet, earplugs and safety goggle hire. Once you’re suited up in superhero mode, you’ll also feel assured and confident with one-on-one assistance from an instructor as you fly and a souvenir certificate to prove to your family and friends that you’ve skydived like a pro with the best in the business. RedBalloon also offer an experience package for Friends and Family Indoor Skydiving of 10 flights, so everyone can get involved in the high-flying fun.
What is indoor skydiving like?
For a regular session, allow yourself about one hour and 45 minutes from go to whoa. This includes a safety briefing, gear-up time and your monumental indoor flight. You’ll also be required to arrive an hour prior to your selected flight time to make sure everything is expertly prepared. Once you’re ready to roll, you’ll step into the state-of-the-art flight chamber and get set to embark on take-off. The feeling of solo skydiving will take over, without the heart-palpitating heights and extensive training of outdoor free-fall skydiving. Indoor skydiving simulators provide the answer to setting human flight in motion, with the ultimate safety and adrenaline rush. Giant fans provide wall-to-wall airflow so you’ll feel the same exhilaration as you would from 14,000 feet up.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be back in no time to learn the more intricate manoeuvres of twisting, turning and flipping in the air, without a care. The actual flights take close to a minute each, which is equivalent to the duration of an outdoor skydive free-fall. What’s more, no experience is required with indoor skydiving and your instructor is with you all the way to ensure maximum, confidence-building, airborne fun and the ultimate feeling of freedom. Your friends can also join in or simply spectate while you turn on the wind-tunnel high jinks, as you’re buffeted inside the flight chamber of this custom-built, indoor skydiving centre.
How it works
Vertical wind tunnels have been used for years by the military and professionals as a way to train without having to go up in airplanes. The flight chamber is the enclosed section of the wind tunnel that you step into to fly. There is a trampoline floor in the flight chamber, which is made from aircraft-quality stainless steel. Once you enter the flight chamber, the operator slowly increases the wind speed until you and your instructor are safely airborne.The fans are capable of wind speeds of approximately 250km/h. The tunnel operator controls the wind speed, based on the flyer’s weight and skill level. The wind is generated from above, not below, the flight chamber. Powerful axial fans are mounted in the upper leg of the tunnel, which is the optimum location for safety and efficiency.
The custom-built indoor skydiving centres are designed for ages above three years old. Almost the only exception to whom can take part in an indoor skydiving experience is pregnant women. Everyone else should feel free to take flight, with thanks to RedBalloon and iFLY.
RedBalloon also offer gift vouchers of any denomination starting at $25 for indoor skydiving and all of the 5000-plus exhilarating experiences on offer. Whether for individuals, couples, friends, families, parties or corporate groups, there is an activity, package or experience to suit all tastes and budgets. If you’ve got the motivation, RedBalloon have the impetus, fun-filled adventures, expert trainers and state-of-the-art equipment to put your high-flying aspirations in motion.