Well, who'd have thought that jumping into what is essentially a vertical windtunnel could be such a laugh? These Airkix activities will see you donning a proper professional wing suit, helmet and transparent goggles before taking the intrepid leap into the forced air…and the sensations are truly amazing.
In fact, its quite difficult to try and explain just what it feels like. First thing you'll notice is that it'd pretty noisy. There's a massive whirring noise as the fan start up which might take you by surprise - and in case you were wondering there's a technician who controls the airflow and therefore how much force you'll be faced with!
Then you'll soon realise you need to be fully kitted up for your foray into indoor flying. The special suits are nice and baggy, which all helps when heading skywards. Then there's the helmet and last but not least, the funny goggles. You'll need these as the wind is so strong it can really dry your eyes out!
The tunnel itself is actually quite small in diameter, but is very high, with a transparent surround so spectators can check out all the action (and believe us, it's all very entertaining as you can't help pulling funny grimaces!). As you look down into it from the 'doorway' you'll see what appears to be netting across the base. Beginners to this sport will start the session by lying down on the net and as the fans start up, you will be lifted into the air.
If, when you're at the venue, you're lucky enough to see some of the seasoned regulars (each centre has clubs and even freestyle teams) you'll be amazed as they simply run and jump straight into the airstream. And the synchronised tricks they pull are incredible. It's quite literally hair-raising stuff.
Those in the UK who have never tried the madcap activity of indoor skydiving before will love the feeling of near weightlessness as that gust almost literally blows you away. Don't worry, you won't be going anywhere too far, as the instructors are alway on hand to re-position you if necessary!