Even you have not been convinced about skydiving safety regardless of all the facts and statistics, there is still a chance to experience the joy of skydiving. Indoor skydiving is as safe as skydiving can be – not riskier than any contact sport for example. Of course you can be injured if you practice this sport, but the incidents are much lighter compared to the incidents in real skydiving or base jumping. In fact, up to this moment, for 20 years of history of indoor skydiving only one fatal incident has been documented.
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When reading about skydiving wind tunnel you may meet also the terms indoor skydiving tunnel and bodyflight – it all means basically the same.
How Does it Work
The skydiving wind tunnels work with powerful propellers which lift your body vertically in the tunnel. You can control your position moving with hands and legs and can experience the enjoyment of skydiving in much safer and easier environment.
The approximate speed of the wind in the tunnel is 120mph.
This sport can be practiced by children and adults and has many health benefits and much lower medical restrictions.
Types of Wind Tunnels
There are two main types of skydiving wind tunnels: Sucker/Vacuum Pressure Suction and Blower/Air-Pusher. The Vacuum Pressure was invented in the mid 1990’s to make flying easier as opposed to the flying in the Air-Pushers. The problem with the Blowers is they require solid skydiving skills and falling out of the air column happens often. Of course these tunnels have a lot of safety air-bags around them, so this is not a safety issue but still many people find it just too hard to fly this way.
Anyway most more advanced skydivers prefer the Blower/Air-Pushes type because flying outdoor is more enjoyable. The Vaccuum Pressure Suction is preferred by less experienced participants because they are surrounded by walls which make it much easier to stay in the air and perform various figures.
One more advantage to using wind tunnels as opposed to real skydiving is cost. There is no need of an airplane, parachutes or other expensive special equipment. The flights in USA and Canada usually cost $20 – $50 per flight (2-3 minutes) with discounts for families, full hour flight or frequent visitors. In Europe you can often find longer flights (10 mins) to be offered for 25 – 50 Euro. Usually the flight tunnels will give you equipment included in this price.
Going to a skydiving wind tunnel is a wonderful, affordable and quick way to test whether you will like skydiving or not. Of course, the real skydiving is a different experience but the tunnel will give you enough “taste” before you decide whether you want to make the “big real jump“.