I think it’s time for me to go skydiving, for real, for real. I know that it sounds dangerous and scary, especially with me having knee issues, but I really want to check this off of my “bucket list” before my knees get too bad.
My sisters and I went to the iFly Indoor Skydiving facility in Paramus last week, and I enjoyed it. It seemed expensive for only 2 minutes of my life, but at the same time, I think it was worth it. The facility was not very big, there was one wind tunnel in the center of the room, and one person flying at a time, which was controlled by the instructor. They have a very brief “flying school” that you have to attend. They basically give you a crash course on how to conduct yourself in the wind tunnel. Our instructor was this adorable, dimpled, happy girl named Nikki, who calmed our group down and got us excited to fly. While we were sitting in the waiting area, it looked pretty complicated and almost painful. You could see others going through it with the instructor, and you could see the skin of their cheeks rippling as the wind pushed aggressively through the tunnel. Some people had their legs so high up it started to make MY back flair up in pain.
Fortunately, my concerns were all in my head (fear is something else isn’t it?), and when I did it, I was fine. It feels as if you are floating and your instructor is just coaching you through it trying to help you hover. Yes, the force from the wind is powerful, and you can feel it everywhere around you, but once my form was good, and I started to float, it became very peaceful. I imagined myself doing it from a real plane and viewing the beautiful scenery below me. I have a friend who went skydiving, and he described it as “The most peaceful 10 minutes of my life.” My sisters didn’t like it the first time they did it, but the second time they were okay with it. One of my sisters said that the wind was too strong on her arms, and it was causing her some pain, other than that, she was cool with it.
Once the groups completed their flights (ours had ten people), they would go in the tunnel and do some other stunts and tricks that us newbie’s didn’t know how to do. I think it was so they could have some fun and to show that there are other things you can do there besides hover, hoping that people would come back. I would do this again if someone wanted to do it, but I am more likely to want to research the real way. Out of plane. On purpose.