I went skydiving…

…indoor skydiving! 

Are you an adrenaline junky? Do you live off of the feeling of soaring through the air or reaching new heights? I’m not one of those people. I’d rather stay on the ground and watch someone else loop upside down than do it myself. But when my bff Katie turned 30 and she invited a group of our friends to do indoor skydiving with her I said yes.   

Why? Because our friendship is one of the most cherished in my life and I’m happy to do whatever makes her happy. This girl is my biggest supporter (which is rare amongst females) and pushes me constantly to step out of my comfort zone. We attended the Women’s March together a month ago and stood amongst 500,000 people without the option of leaving the crowd.  The few times I started to get a little antsy and nervous she just squeezed my hand and reminded me that it’s ok to be a little uncomfortable sometimes- it encourages personal growth.  

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So on this past Sunday ten of us suited up and joined Katie at iFly in White Marsh to experience indoor skydiving. I’m not going to lie, once we got there and saw people doing it I got incredibly nervous. Even as we were entering the tube to wait our turn I still wasn’t sure I could go through with it, but I did it. I am SO INCREDIBLY glad that I did it. I mean how many people can say they’ve gone indoor skydiving before? 

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How does the process work? I’ll break it down for you.  

When you arrive you check in, sign the waiver, have your weight recorded (I imagine this is to determine how much wind to put in the tunnel?), and get ready for your instructional class. Our instructor was from New Zealand and his accent was giving me life while I silently freaked out.  

We learned three hand gestures since we wouldn’t be able to speak in the tube and then suited up and waited to go in. I had brought my Go-Pro and DSLR with me, but we all sat inside the tube and went in one by one. I wasn’t able to bring the cameras in with me, but iFly took photos and video footage that we were able to download afterwards.  

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The experience was quick, we were in the tube for 90 seconds at a time and had two sessions each. So 3 minutes of indoor skydiving but I think it was enough especially considering the intense concentration and effort to fly correctly. I was sore the next day!  

I highly recommend going to iFly if you have the chance! It was such a fun idea for a birthday party and Anna went over the weekend for a date!  So fun!

Here’s a video of my flight! 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

    So proud of you for doing this!! Dave has done it once and bought us tickets to go together but I haven’t mustered up the courage yet. It looks like so much fun! We drive by everyday on our way home and it makes me nervous to one day go in and actually do it 😉

  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    So cool!! I saw this place being built every day on my way to work, but it didn’t open until right around the time we moved :( It looks like so much fun!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Wowwww!!! I can’t believe you did that! Part of me would love to try it…and then part of me knows that I’d totally chicken out!

  • http://kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com/ Jen

    This sounds like so much fun! I’ve done actual skydiving and it was amazing. This sounds even better.

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Oh my gosh! I loved your video— you are so stinkin’ cute! It’s something that I think looks like no big deal when you’re looking at someone else and then when you actually think about doing it, you’re like WHAT?! I’m so glad you got to push yourself and try something new!