As one of her birthday presents, my sister and I bought our Mum (and us) tickets to Basingstoke’s iFLY Indoor Skydiving. My sister, Rach, had previously done this, so she convinced us that it was an experience we just had to try.
Now I have never been keen on the idea of actually skydiving, I just wouldn’t trust parachutes, especially when I’ve seen in the news that accidents involving them really do occur. I know a lot of people do it and are fine, but I just don’t think I could bring myself to do it, and don’t even get me started on my fear of heights… However, this indoor skydiving seemed like the closest thing to skydiving, without actually having to worry about any parachutes, so I was more than keen to have a go.
After being briefed by our instructor, we suited up and equipped our not so stylish goggles and helmet. I think it was at this stage that my anxiety kicked it and I really started to stress. I had so many things going round in my head, all of the hand signals we were briefed on, the positions I needed to keep my body in, the fact that I’m stupidly long and stiff- much like an awkward Bambi on ice.
So yeah, I really started to panic, I watched the couple in front, and then I watched my Mum do it. They all seemed to get to grips with it pretty quickly, which just made me worry even more that I would be the one that goes wrong. The time quickly counted down and then it was my turn. I kind of just zoned out. I stood at the entrance, leant forward a little and all of a sudden the 100mph wind took me. I quickly tried to get some positioning to my body, but it wasn’t great. To be expected, I was flying (literally) all over the place, hitting against the walls, whilst the instructor was signalling to relax and keep my head up. Then it started to work, I actually managed to hover without him helping me for a second or two, and then it was over. The pictures below are not the best, in terms of the quality and how I look, so try not to laugh to much!
Its hard to say how I felt about it, particularly at the time. It was literally like nothing that I have done before. I wouldn’t say that I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I’m definitely glad that I did it. I think it really is one of those things that, the more you do it, the more you really start to like it. The only issue with that is the price. iFLY Basingstoke offer different packages, starting from two flights (one flight is one minute) for £28.99. The prices then become slightly cheaper if you are a returning customer.
I would definitely recommend trying indoor skydiving. Once you do it once, it definitely would become easier. If you’re willing to spend the money, which for this unique experience, you should, then you’ll definitely have a good time.
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