This post is sponsored by iFly but all opinions are my own!
September 26 will mark 8 years of marriage. 8 years.😳 I know I can’t believe that time has flown by so fast. Last year I told Jared I wanted him to plan our anniversary and to make it a fun one. To surprise me and for it not to just be dinner and a movie. That’s exactly what he did. He took me zip lining. It was a blast, and I was looking forward to all the future anniversaries that he would be planning. That was until he decided that we would be trading the planning every other year and this year would be mine.
I was not as excited anymore. How was I going to top zip lining?
That was until I connected with iFly. I was about to plan the best anniversary date ever. If we couldn’t skydive then iFly would be perfect.
The Husband and I had more than a fun time. He had no idea and was over the moon when we pulled into iFly. As for our experience, he was ten times better than I was. (check out the video) But aside from the fact that he was better than me, it was a blast.
You take a brief class to go over some things to help you when you are in the tunnel and some hand signals that the instructors will give you to help make some minor adjustments, then you are off. You’re only in the tunnel for 4 minutes but while you are in the tunnel, you are floating in air and time stands still. I have never been skydiving, but with my best judgment, I would imagine this is the closest to skydiving you can get.
It does take a little coordination, and you will realize you are using muscles that you didn’t even know existed. It made me realize how stronger my arms needed to be. But the highly professional team and instructors there are there to help you. They understand that most people have never experienced the feeling of falling close to 125mph. Our instructor was Diego and just seemed to care about our well-being and making sure that our experience was positive the whole way through.
We will be going back, and I hope that Diego will be there to make our experience fun again. When you head out to iFly make sure to ask about Diego and let him know we sent you 🙂
If you’re not sure that iFly is perfect for you, that’s ok! The holidays are right around the corner and make for the perfect Christmas gift. Because if your spouse is anything like mine Christmas is extremely difficult to find the perfect gift. Now you not only have the perfect gift but you have a fun date night as well.
A big thank you to Diego and all the others at iFly for making our anniversary one we will never forget. We will be back!
A little about iFly…
• iFLY Indoor Skydiving has safely flown more than eight million people since its first location in Orlando, FL. opened in 1998.
• iFLY Indoor Skydiving makes the dream of flight a reality for everyone, aged three to 103. It is also honored to make flying in their wind tunnels available to people with special needs including wounded warriors, autistic, blind or deaf and those confined to wheelchairs.
• Each flyer is assisted by specially-trained flight instructors.
• At iFLY, consumers can experience the sensation of skydiving in a safe, comfortable and fun environment.
• Each tunnel is designed to replicate the sensation of freefall, creating sensations that allow participants to fly on a cushion of air.
• iFLY’s patented Vertical Wind Tunnel technology uses clean-running electric engines and the most advanced propellers to draw air through its flight chamber. A method which produces a smooth cushion of adjustable floatation for a comfortable and safe flight.
• Inside the tunnel building, air is pushed down the side of the building in Return Air Tower(s) and then directed up from the basement (plenum) through turning vanes. These vanes are filled with chilled water to provide a consistent, comfortable airflow in any climate. After going through the turning vanes, the air goes into the inlet contractor that compresses the air, speeding it up and forcing it into the flight chamber where people fly.
• iFLY wind tunnel measurements:
o Tall and Medium tunnel – 48 feet from the cable net floor to the top of the tunnel (16 feet to the top of the glass, and another 32 feet to the top of the tunnel)
o The cable net floor in the wind tunnel (on which the instructors stand on) is made from aircraft quality stainless steel wiring and can hold up to 10,000 pounds.
THE SPORT OF INDOOR SKYDIVING
• Flying in the tunnel is great recreation but is also part of a fast-growing sport known as bodyflight.
• iFLY has a program that can help beginner flyers progress in the sport to become competitive flyers.
• iFLY started the International Bodyflight Association (IBA) that is the leading governing agency of safety, training of instructors and competitions of bodyflight.