Is Skydiving On Your Bucket List? You May Want To Try Indoor Skydiving

iFly Indoor SkydivingiFly Indoor Skydiving

If skydiving is on your bucket list or if it's something you'd like to try, but your risk aversion is too great to overcome, you may want to try indoor skydiving. iFly is an indoor skydiving facility, and they have locations all over the country.

Of course iFly isn't the only indoor skydiving facility in existence, but it's probably the biggest. In the last couple of weeks, I've seen a plethora of indoor skydiving videos on various social media sites, and all of them have been taken at an iFly facility.

Check out an iFly video for yourself:

iFly utilizes the vertical wind tunnel to create free fall conditions. A vertical wind tunnel creates a cushion of air in the flight chamber (the enclosed space where flyers do their flying) on which you can float. In these wind tunnels, the air is constant, so you aren't in any danger of coming out of your simulated free fall and crashing to the ground (which is only a few feet away, not thousands of feet away, as it would be if you jumped out of a plane). 

iFly First TimeriFly First Timer

No experience is necessary to use an iFly facility, and just about anyone can do it. The iFly site boasts that "children as young as3 and adults as old as 103 have flown with us."

Your first flight will be preceded by a training session with one of iFly's highly-trained and certified instructors. The instructor will guide you through the entire experience, which will last about an hour. The total flight time is 60 seconds, the equivalent of about one and a half skydives, and you'll get two flights with the most basic package.

iFly With PartneriFly With Partner

First time flyers can pick up packages starting at just $60. That price includes 2 flights, the instructional session, gear rental and a flight certificate. You can also get more advanced packages, which include more flight time and a DVD of your flights. Family packages are also available. 

Return flyers' packages start at $47 and run up to about $175. If you're an experienced flyer, you can block off time to fly. Five minutes will cost you about $80 and an hour is about $645. 

Again, iFly isn't the only indoor skydiving facility, and there may not be an iFly in your area. If you're interested, check out the iFly website for more information, including locations (and more technical info on wind tunnels).