How Does Indoor Skydiving Work?

There are lots of people who have heard of indoor skydiving, but there are even more people who don't have a clue how it works. It's perfectly fine, because there are few things that are this simple. There's nothing complicated about indoor skydiving, which is part of the reason why it is so popular. It involves nothing more than you, a qualified instructor and a state of the art wind tunnel. Are you ready to go for a little simulated skydive?

There are several wind tunnels located throughout the country. Three of the best are in Manchester, Basingstoke and Milton Keynes - they're run by acclaimed indoor sports company Airkix. They are all equipped with state of the art facilities, a full team of expert instructors and the safety equipment needed to make sure that your indoor flight is a happy and secure one, says Glamour.com journalist Sarah Jio.

If you're thinking about embarking on an indoor skydive, you're probably wondering how it works. Fortunately, it's a very straightforward and relaxed process. There aren't any lengthy safety lectures - you will be given the pertinent safety information, and then teamed with a qualified instructor. You will be required to sign a statement of risk, but this is just a procedural matter.

There are very few dangers associated with this activity, even children can experience a flight in the wind tunnel. The only people that can't enter the tunnel are the ones that you'd expect - pregnant ladies, children under four years of age, those under the influence of alcohol, and those with recent arm injuries. In fact, almost anybody can experience an indoor flight. There are provisions in place for those with physical disabilities as well.

When the time for your indoor flight arrives, you will be led into the wind tunnel with an instructor, say the experts at Yahoo Voices. At Airkix, you get the choice between 'high flying' and starting off from the ground. If you choose the latter, you will be gently lifted into the airstream from a prone position on the ground. If you want to high fly, you'll be spun into the airstream like a real skydiver. Once again, the choice is yours - there's no pressure on you to choose the high flying option.

The airstream inside the wind tunnel is extremely fast and often very loud, says PR Underground. It can daunting for first time fliers, but that's why there is always an instructor at hand. Don't forget that it is your session - you have paid for the time, and you can use it in whatever way you want. If you'd like to extricate yourself from the airstream, just give your instructor a clear signal.

Once they get over the initial shock of being lifted into the air, most people cannot get enough of indoor skydiving. Though this is the closest that you can get to skydiving without jumping out of a plane, being in an indoor wind tunnel is more like being a bird. It's incredibly liberating, extremely exciting and it is like nothing else you will ever experience.

It is natural to be nervous about your first indoor skydiving experience. There's no need to worry, as there are instructors on hand for a reason. They are there to show you that there's no need to feel afraid. They will lead you through some of the more basic diving formations, and they are happy to give you as much or as little guidance as you feel that you need.

Author Bio: Noel Howard is the editor of an international extreme sports magazine. He recommends Airkix for the very best indoor skydiving experience. He can usually be found reviewing indoor arenas, or interviewing industry experts.