Review: Indoor skydiving on the Gold Coast with iFly

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum





Have you ever been skydiving?
I haven’t. And I have no desire to do so either.

My husband and a bunch of his best mates jumped out of a plane in Sydney the DAY BEFORE our wedding day nine years ago. 

The day before? I know…right!?

It was supposed to take place as part of the Buck’s Weekend celebrations a few weeks before, but the weather wasn’t suitable so they had to postpone. And the only available date for all the guys to do it was the day before our wedding (as if we didn’t have enough to do. Oh and the fear of actually having my fiancĂ© survive and actually make it to the wedding in one piece).

So while jumping out of a plane has never been on my to do list (I’ll stick with Shotover Jet in Queenstown, New Zealand, climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, sea-canoeing through caves in Thailand and Italy, and abseiling down huge cliffs, among other exciting activities I have ticket off), the flying aspect is certainly something I was keen to experience.

So, recently I did something wild and crazy – but also safe and fabulous!
And best of all; had my 6-year-old daughter and my mother (aged in her early-fifties) take part.

We did INDOOR SKYDIVING! 

Right here in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – a new family-friendly Gold Coast activity by iFly (also available in Penrith, NSW).


Indoor Skydive Australia Group Limited (ISA Group) was founded by two ex-SAS soldiers to bring the joy of simulated flight to the region.

The specially constructed vertical wind tunnels include a flight chamber which allows individuals or groups to experience the free fall experience usually felt when skydiving  (and fly within the tunnel and perform aerobatic manoeuvres in a safe and controlled environment).
Indoor Skydiving facilities are used by tourists, enthusiast and the military (including the Australian Military) and active skydivers.

What a treat it was!
It was an awesome experience without putting your life on the line by jumping out of a plane.
It was as close to skydiving as I ever plan get!

After signing in, the instructor took us to a presentation room where we watched a short instruction video and practiced the hand signals we might need to know – for example if, during the ‘jump’, the instructor needs to tell you when to:
* Relax
* Bend your legs
* Straighten your legs
* Chin up




After getting suited up (complete with ear plugs, helmet and safety glasses), and getting some photos taken, we were taken over to the see-through cylinder where it all happens.

We were trying SO HARD to smile. The goggles made it difficult, lol.

Pic: Gold Coast Mum.com, iFly, indoor skydiving, skydiving gold coast, surfers paradise, things to do on gold coast when it's raining, family friendly gold coast, wet weather activities gold coast, birthday parties, hens night, bucks night, gold coast mum,
Seriously, we were trying SO HARD to smile, but the goggles made it difficult, lol.


Our family and friends and other spectators could easily watch and take photos.

Once in the chamber, we took a seat and then the instructor took me in to start my turn.

To be honest, I was absolutely crapping myself but put on a brave face as Miss 6 was watching on and I didn’t want her to be deterred at all.
Once I entered the wind tunnel, with the instructor holding on to me at all times, I was off and racing.
For 50 seconds, I got to experience the thrill of free-falling!


Pic: Gold Coast Mum.com, iFly, indoor skydiving, skydiving gold coast, surfers paradise, things to do on gold coast when it's raining, family friendly gold coast, wet weather activities gold coast, birthday parties, hens night, bucks night, gold coast mum,


The kids were watching through the see-through cylinder and I was pulling faces/ intentionally opening my mouth so they could laugh at my cheeks blubbering in the wind (and drool leaking out, lol).



I was pulling faces/ intentionally opening my mouth so the kids could laugh at my cheeks blubbering in the wind (and drool leaking out, lol).

After my thrilling ride, it was my Mum’s turn.

I was in hysterics! Mum had always wanted to sky dive, but hasn’t yet, so was super excited to be able to try out indoor skydiving with iFly.




Miss 6 and I were laughing as was ‘Nan’ who was having a great time.

It was then Miss 6’s turn.
She was hesitant at first so the kind instructor guided her into the wind tunnel to show her how safe it was and familiarise her with the surroundings. 

As he did that, the control operator – who sits just outside of the wind tunnel, but within the cylinder – applied the wind pressure so Miss 6 could gently ease into the experience.

Soon, she was comfortable and she was experiencing the full free-falling experience.

Offering Miss 6 encouragement and the thumbs up for being such a daredevil.



When her 50 second ride was finished, she came out of the wind tunnel excited and proud that she had done it and was looking forward to her second turn.



Pic: Gold Coast Mum.com, iFly, indoor skydiving, skydiving gold coast, surfers paradise, things to do on gold coast when it's raining, family friendly gold coast, wet weather activities gold coast, birthday parties, hens night, bucks night, gold coast mum,






Then we went around again. I had my second 50-second turn, then Mum, then Miss 6.

As our confidence grew, we spent more time free-falling (and where needed, the instructor could hold on to us - even just our shoe if needed - to help direct us/ ensure we didn’t face plant the sides).

The staff were all fantastic – super helpful and kind. 
Our instructor was so friendly and super patient – especially responding to questions like this from my Mum:
“What happens if there’s a power outage while I’m in there? Will I suddenly crash to the ground and fall through the grate like mince in a mincer?” ;-)
The easy and high-tech check-in was impressive (legal documents regarding safety etc at check in.)

When we had completed our 'flights' we headed back to the counter to return our suits and equipment (goggles etc).
We viewed the professional videos of our experience on large screen TVs and also got to check out all of the professional photos available for purchase.




It was a good giggle watching ourselves on the screens and re-living the moments.






Indoor skydiving is an experience I would definitely recommend!

According to iFly, people aged from 3- 103 can take part!

My Nanna recently turned 80 and we suggested she might like to do it to celebrate this birthday milestone, but she needs a bit more convincing, lol. ;-)



iFly is a fabulous addition to the Gold Coast – especially family-friendly indoor activities for tourists, locals and even something to keep teenagers entertained and engaged.  
iFly also does birthday party packages.
This is also a cool option if you ever need something to do on a rainy day on the Gold Coast, or a way to entertain visitors from out of town!


We did the beginner package ($99 per person for two 50 second rides) but there are other packages where you can let loose and fly higher up within the cylinder and do all sorts of amazing tricks.

The wind tunnel can be seen from street level, so it’s a hoot watching other people taking part!
If you're visiting Surfers Paradise, be sure to check it out! 


Pic: Gold Coast Mum.com, iFly, indoor skydiving, skydiving gold coast, surfers paradise, things to do on gold coast when it's raining, family friendly gold coast, wet weather activities gold coast, birthday parties, hens night, bucks night, gold coast mum,




Video: Look what we just did!

Would you try indoor skydiving?

Disclaimer: Gold Coast Mum was a guest of iFly for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

LET'S CONNECT:
www.facebook.com/goldcoastmum

www.instagram.com/goldcoastmumblog

3 comments

  1. That is so cool!!!! Go Nan! She looked awesome up there and I'm so proud of Miss Six and you too! I've been asked to trial this and I was all keen despite being shit scared, but we had a death in the family and things are kind of on hold. I'll get onto it soon :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Renee. I's great fun! (Sorry to hear that, thinking of you xx).

      Delete