I finally got around to using an adventure gift card my mother gave me for Christmas. In 2010. The choices were narrowed down to stand up paddle boarding and indoor skydiving. While I truly look forward to my first paddle board lesson, I couldn’t have been happier with my choice of adventure.
At $55 for 2 minutes of flying — sounds ridiculous, but more than worth it — I donned a flight suit, helmet, goggles, knee and elbow pads, stuck some earplugs in, and pulled on some cool looking skater shoes. Our instructor Ben gave us a brief safety lecture, including various hand signals for “straighten your legs,” “bend your legs,” “head up,” and “relax.”
Ben also showed us the double thumbs-down signal for “Get me out of here!”
At Ben’s signal, I stood at the door (at the left of the photo), crossed my arms over my chest, and leaned forward. Kind of like a trust fall, only the powerful wind being generated from fans below then lifted me up. At that point my arms flew up into the arc position, and Ben gently guided me around the tunnel. It was amazing how only slight changes in hand position could completely change my direction.
Ben was awesome, and prevented me from crashing into the walls more than a few times.
The biggest challenge was keeping my chin up, which was a lot harder than it seemed. Maintaining a strong arc in your back for a few minutes also took strength. The instructors were all strong and hardy, skydiving professionally when not training in the tunnel. For a free fall feeling that’s attainable without jumping out of a plane, I would do this again in a heartbeat.
Where can I do this? SkyVenture in Nashua, NH.
Can my kids participate? Yes! As long as they’re at least three years old.
I hate roller coasters. Is this different? While in the tunnel, you don’t experience the same stomach-dropping sensation as you would on a roller coaster. Give it a shot!