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What Is Indoor Skydiving?



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Indoor skydiving is the perfect sport for the acrophobic, offering the thrill of flying acrobatically without the need to jump from an airborne plane. Instead of falling through air, you’ll be floating on it, in a vertical wind tunnel chamber. Strong air powered by fans in the floor hold you mid-air, mimicking the sensation of falling from thousands of feet up.

Indoor skydiving has advantages that make up for the lack of view that you get falling from an airplane. There’s no need to pay for a plane, pilot, or fuel, and no built in time limit. There’s no parachute that might not deploy or human error that could cost you your life — the worst that can happen is you fall a few yards to the floor.

Slight movements control your body in the wind chamber, making it easy to rise, descend or move laterally. It can be tricky at first, but with a little practice you’ll be moving like a pro.

If you have the money, there are plenty of places to try it out. Las Vegas and Orlando each offer indoor skydiving, as do most places that cater to people with a taste for the extreme. It’s great for skydiving pros, too: another advantage of the wind chamber is that you can take all the time you need to practice your moves. And for those afraid to skydive from an airplane, it’s a great way to overcome that fear.

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