Here’s your chance to fulfill your innate desire to fly – and you never have to leave the ground. At Niagara Freefall in Niagara, Ont., you and your buddies can defy gravity in the airflow skydiving simulator.
“It’s the first and only indoor state-of-the-art skydiving wind tunnel of its kind in Canada,” says Andrew Cserpes, President of Niagara Freefall.
Wind and body positions are similar in nature to real skydiving, Cserpes says. “Some obvious differences are the altitude, a plane, parachutes and a nice view.”
While skydiving has three-to-five hours of training before flying, indoor skydiving only has a 20 minute training class, which teaches stable body position, tunnel safety and hand signals. So if you and your thrill-seeking friends are looking for some excitement, this will surely satisfy your needs.
Almost anyone can freefall in the wind tunnel; in fact, women tend to fly better than guys. “They are more relaxed in the air and have a better centre of gravity.”
The indoor flight chamber is 20 ft. high and can hold up to four experienced people flying together in air speeds of up to 140mph.
The price for a single flight pass is $70 CAD for only three minutes, and is much more economical than the real thing. “Depending on the altitude you jump out of a plane, one freefall session lasts around 30-45 seconds; one session with us could equal five jumps out of a plane,” Cserpes says.
- You must be a minimum of 42 inches to participate.
- You cannot weigh more than 300 lbs.
- You cannot participate if you are pregnant, under the influence of alcohol, have dislocated your shoulder, experienced pulled muscles, have a history of back problems or heart conditions.
- You must be seven years or older to participate. Persons under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian to be present and sign a waiver.
The facility also has an interactive centre with lazerball, bull riding, rock climbing, games, and accommodations nearby; perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties.
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