So what makes for the perfect team Christmas event? Not far from London there is a town called Milton Keynes. In this town there is an indoor ski slope (fake snow obviously!) and also an indoor sky diving centre…
We did the indoor sky diving with iFLY 🙂
Let’s fly away with iFLY
You start your flying session with a safety briefing and instruction, before getting suited up in the ‘snazzy’ jumpsuits. I’ve done a bit of skydiving before – once with Europe’s only portable vertical wind tunnel in Russel Square and on my thirtieth birthday (yes I am over 30!), when I jumped out of a plane attached in tandem! So I had a handle on this…
After the safety briefing and getting the gear on – including the helmet and googles – you head to the wind tunnel. We were briefed on hand signals required to ensure our safety and the correct position of our body. When you enter the wind tunnel you need to fall in from the doorway and then spread your arms to catch the wind. The instructor then guides your body into the right position.
Then they let go and its up to you!!
I managed to control my body to move up and down and obtained the highest score of the group, natch! You rotate in and out of the tunnel for 1.5 minutes each.
We had some time at the end of our group slot to have a high fly also. This is when the instructor takes you right to the top of the flying area moving in a circular motion. I.e. you spin around and around and up and down again!
Everyone enjoyed the flying and the high fly – even those in our group that get motion sickness. I think its a great thing to do as a team as everyone is on an adrenaline rush afterwards! Obviously you can’t turn up drunk or do this with any back or shoulder issues. We all felt fine on the day but the next day everyone had sore shoulders. You really don’t realise how much you are using them in the flying position. They can adapt positions if you have a pre-existing shoulder condition, so it’s always worth checking with the staff if you have any injuries.
Would I do it again?
The answer is yes!! I think this could be quite addictive and I know friends who are serious about their sky diving who use the indoor centres to polish up on their moves. If I lived closer I think I could be tempted to sign up to one of their training programmes to work through the different stages.