January 30, 2019
By: Erica Rose
Tuesday morning saw schools closed, and games postponed which meant I would not be heading into work at night for my matchup. The Lehigh Valley saw snow early in the morning, but where I live (Souderton) there wasn’t much happening. So my husband and I decided to try out iFly. We had to register online, so I picked the noon slot and we headed down to King of Prussia with our three kids.
A little back-story to this is that I have always wanted to go skydiving, however my husband and rest of the family think I am crazy. So for Christmas last year my mom bought me a voucher to try this iFly experience (I secretly think, she was hoping to scratch the itch, so I would not go skydiving.) For those of you who do not know, it’s indoor skydiving. I was actually surprised my husband agreed to do this with me, but he claims there is a big difference from this and jumping out of a plane! I guess he has a point – but don’t tell him I said that!
So back to the day: We get there and we have to watch a quick 5-minute movie about position and what not to do. Then we get on our gear (which is super stylish) and into the wind tunnel we go! We each had two 1-minute flights, which doesn’t sound like a lot but it’s definitely a good length. With the amount of wind blowing in your face and up your nose, after that minute you need a break. Being first timers we had the instructor in there with each of us, and before the second fly is over you have the option to go higher with the guide. As soon as you get to the tunnel it is just this gust of air that sweeps you up. You don’t really have much control either.
Overall, I can definitely say it was a fun adventure. The wind is very intense, your mouth is dry and it goes right up your nose, but flying around like that is something I’ve never experienced before. The only downfall I would say is that if you are a beginner, you’re constantly paying attention to the instructor and his hand signals, telling you what and what not you’re doing right.
After we were done, our guide showed off a little, doing tricks and turns in there. We are certainly not at that level, nor were we allowed to try any of that! But, overall I can say it was a fun day. And if anyone thinks they want to skydive, but weren’t fully committed I would definitely recommend giving this a try! I don’t think I would say you are getting that “free-fall” experience because there is no falling going on, but you are flying!