My kids didn’t need anymore “things” at Christmas, so I decided to gift my daughter the experience of indoor skydiving at iFly Toronto (it’s actually located in Oakville). Just for the record, DS is my cautious one and didn’t feel the need to try it this time around.
The package I bought were for 2 sessions, each lasting 60 seconds in length. That may not seem like much, but when you’re inside the 45 foot high tunnel with wind speeds up to 175 km/hr, it’s long enough, at least for a first timer. We were told to arrive for 1pm, though as I found out upon check in, her flight wasn’t actually until 2pm. The self-serve check in process is done on touch screen monitors, and with only 3 available, the process was quite lengthy as personal information had to be entered. Once that was completed, the girls went into the classroom where their instructor Adrian gave the group a 30 minute classroom lesson. Amongst other things, they learned about body positioning, how to enter the tunnel and the hand signals Adrian will be using with them (the tunnel is extremely loud).
Once the classroom lesson ended, it was time to gear up with a flight suit, ear plugs, goggles and helmet. It is recommended you wear running shoes, but I love that iFly is well equipped as they had extra running shoes for those who did not dress for the occasion. Adrian then put each participant in flight order. Families/groups were placed together to fly in consecutive order. Adrian helped each person enter and exit the tunnel and he remained inside with each person the entire time. He’s constantly giving hand signals to tell them to keep their arms out or chin up or a thumbs up to say that you’re doing great. The second flight was made extra special as Adrian took each willing participant half way up the tunnel.
So here’s what my daughter’s first flight looked like (just hit the play button and video will start).
And here’s what the instructors can do. Easy, right?!
A souvenir DVD and/or photos will set you back $30 each or $50 for both. The only drawback is that you get everyone’s photos and the video is also of everyone in your group. The image at the top of this post is one that was taken by iFly. Repeat flights can be purchased at a reduced rate, but only if you buy before you leave. Repeat flyers can bypass the classroom setting on future visits and go straight to the tunnel after gearing up. In all, it was about 1.5 hours from the time we walked in to the time the group exited the tunnel.
Participants must be 4 years of age or over to fly. iFly also has a party room, with party packages starting at $923.00. The location is great as there are many restaurants located within the same complex, including a movie theatre. One can certainly plan to spend the day here.
It was an amazing experience my daughter won’t soon forget, and yes, we’ll be “flying” back real soon.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.