David recently surprised me by taking me to a place called iFLY Indoor Skydiving here in Seattle. We first spotted the iFLY building when it was under construction on one of our visits to see family before we moved back for good. I have wanted to go indoor skydiving at iFLY ever since. I am a big fan of free falling, and need more of it in my life.
He knows me well and this kind of date is right up my ally. We first went skydiving about a year after we got married. The Man didn’t want to go but I persuaded him to do it for the sake of love. I was 21. And he was convinced he was about to DIE.
So convinced in fact that he got his life insurance and all of our finances in order and made sure I knew where every last bit of our
assets debt was at the time. You know, so I could take care of myself after he was gone!
After the training we boarded the rickety plane. He was shaking slightly and I was just in heaven. I have a thing for turbulence. It’s like some sort of drug my body craves. When most people are completely terrified of the plane going down – I am in my own little world. so. very. happy. The statistics are in our favor so I just sit back and enjoy the ride.
That said, my sole skydiving experience was a bit of a disappointment. The free fall was much shorter than anticipated and for the most part the event was a serene one. Not really what I was going for.
And I have to say, iFLY was much the same. It was fun, just not the life altering have to go back immediately kind of fun. You don’t really get the free fall feeling.
You are more concerned about whether you are holding your body correctly so you don’t bump into a window wall or fall flat on your face. When things start looking shaky the skydiving instructor gives you some hand signals to help you self correct and if that doesn’t work, he gently repositions you himself.
If you want them to shoot you high in the vertical wind tunnel, you have to pay an extra 10 bucks for about 10 seconds. Which is kind of insulting after already laying down $60 for 2 minutes. But it’s an experience you don’t want to miss so you throw down the money and go with it.
The extra ten dollars was worth it since it was the only rush inducing part of the whole thing for me. I’m not saying it wasn’t fun, just that for the most part it wasn’t a big rush.
One of the best parts about going to iFLY indoor skydiving is watching the instructors who take a turn at the end of each cycle and show you all their crazy tricks. If you are not inclined to try out the wind tunnel yourself, you can go watch for free.
All in all, it was a fun experience with my man. Not an extreme rush but definitely not a bust! We liked it enough to go back and plan on taking the boys so they can experience it for themselves during our Seattle Staycation!
If you plan on going, make sure to check with Costco to see if they are currently selling iFLY indoor skydiving gift certificates. I saw some at our Costco for $40, which is where we will be purchasing the tickets for the boys!
Have you ever been skydiving – indoors or otherwise? I’d love to hear about it!
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