In 1905, Wilbur Wright said that "There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings. More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost if you can conceive of such a combination." And that may be true unless you've discovered skydiving!
If you are someone that is new to the world of body flight, you are likely to have a few questions. If you have made a skydive or have just had your interest peaked, you want to know more-like what's up with this "indoor" skydiving that you've seen and how does it compare to the real thing?
A skydive and indoor skydiving in wind tunnels are fairly different experiences. With indoor skydiving, there's no rush of adrenaline or the quiet still of a peaceful ride under canopy. There's no nervous chatter with your instructor on the ride to altitude or the on top of the world feeling of accomplishment you get when you land from a skydive. Really, a lot of the little things that make up the experience of a skydive are absent with a trip to the wind tunnel for indoor skydiving.
Though, even with that being said, there are some similarities between skydiving and indoor skydiving.
The communities that surround skydiving and indoor skydiving are pretty vibrant and inclusive. If you are looking to make friends and expand your social circle, there is a pretty good chance you'll find it pretty easy to do with the people who frequent the wind tunnel and Jumptown.
There you have it! We hope this helps you to understand a bit about the differences and similarities when it comes to wind tunnels / indoor skydiving and the real thing. It should also be noted that the tunnel can be a great tool when learning to skydive because the skills individuals can learn in the tunnel translate incredibly well to the sky. These skills are so valuable that many skydiving facilities utilize dual programs and advise skydiving students to prepare for a little bit of time indoor skydiving. Keep in mind that the tunnel is not just for newbies! Many skydiving professionals utilize both time in the tunnel and time in the sky to prepare for competitions.
Maybe you've tried the wind tunnel and you're ready for the real thing. If so, book your skydive at Jumptown and experience an adventure that can't be beaten!
"Quotes of the Wright Brothers" 24 February 2018. Mary Bellis. https://www.thoughtco.com/famous-quotes-of-the-wright-brothers-1992679