Lifestyle: Indoor Skydiving with Red Letter Days #RLDTasters

iFly Milton Keynes, indoor skydiving, red letter days

When I first got the email inviting me down to Milton Keynes to go indoor skydiving with Red Letter Days, I was really excited, I’d never done anything like that before and it looked like a lot of fun. I’ve always wanted to do something a bit more ‘extreme’ for a birthday or special occasion but have never got around to doing it, so of course I said yes and a couple of weeks ago, I made my way down to Milton Keynes to have a go.

The indoor skydiving actually takes place in a huge building in Milton Keynes called Xscape in which a lot of other activities including skiing, snowboarding and bowling take place. There’s also a cinema, a couple of restaurants and a few shops, so it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours. When I arrived at Xscape, I easily found my way to the iFly area and was greeted by the ladies from Red Letter Days. We were given a bit of a talk on what we were going to do and were introduced to our instructor Ted, then it was time to go and watch a safety video.

After we watched the video and new all about the correct safety procedures in and around the wind tunnel and the hand signals, we then went to get all kitted out in our jumpsuits, goggles, helmets and earplugs. I felt like I was going into outer space in my jumpsuit! We had to make sure we weren’t wearing anything that could fly off such as loose rings, watches or necklaces and if we needed to wear glasses then there was the option of a full face helmet. I opted to take my glasses off as I don’t actually need to wear them all the time.

There were twelve of us taking part in the activity and the youngest of us, Sebastian who was only 7 volunteered himself to go first – he was fearless! He went into the tunnel with Ted and was told to lie on the floor and then we got to watch the wind being turned on. Sebastian’s jumpsuit started to inflate a bit and then he was suddenly lifted up into the air. We each got two goes in the wind tunnel, sixty seconds each go. Once Sebastian was done, it was my turn!

As soon as you step into the wind tunnel, you’re advised to lean forward and you’re lifted up into the air in a horizontal position. You need to try to push your hips forward and keep your legs slightly bent but once you’re flying around it’s quite hard to remember to do these things which is why Ted was there with us to help us out. He was giving hand signals to tell me what to do with my legs and arms to help me to avoid sinking to the bottom of the tunnel. I thought that the sixty seconds would go really quickly but surprisingly, it didn’t, it felt like I was in the tunnel for a lot longer than that! I think it was because I was concentrating so hard on trying to keep myself in the right position.

I came out of my first flight feeling completely exhilarated and also a bit embarrassed as the wind pushes your face back so I had a permanent smile on my face and I’d noticed that I’d been dribbling a bit. Luckily, nobody else could tell and several others said that they experienced the same thing. On my second go, Ted asked if I wanted to experience the ‘High Fly’ which would usually cost an extra £6 and is where the instructor will spin you to the top of the tunnel and back down again. Of course, I said yes and it was so much fun but I dribbled a hell of a lot more whizzing up to the top of the tunnel and back down again twice and it was so fast!

Once we’d finished our skydiving and handed back our helmets, goggles and jumpsuits, we were all given a certificate each detailing our achievements. We were told that if we went back again, that we could bring the certificates and we could pick up where we left off. I’m definitely tempted to go back again and I know a few of my friends would enjoy it!

If you want to see my first flight, you can watch it in my vlog below!

 

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21 Comments

  1. May 8, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    How cool! I’ve always wanted to know the feeling of skydiving, but have always been way too much of a coward to actually try jumping off a plane. Now I guess I can!

  2. May 8, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Indoor sky diving looks like so much fun and I had a blast watching the video. So cool that it is indoors too x

  3. May 8, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I’ve always thought that indoor skydiving looks like so much fun! I’m glad that you had such a good time x

  4. Ali Rost
    May 8, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    This sounds like such an awesome experience! I’m so glad you had a great time .. and the video is truly a keeper. The next time I’m feeling frowny .. I’ll think of your permanent smile!

  5. May 8, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Oh I’ve always wanted to try this but worry I will be too heavy to lift!! Lol

  6. May 8, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    This looks like such a fun activity! Perfect for a rainy day 🙂 I’ll have to put it on our list of things to try!

  7. May 8, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    This looks bloody fantastic! I’d love to do something like this 🙂 x

  8. May 8, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    oh this looks so much fun! Some of my friends just did this at the weekend and I want to do it so bad

  9. May 9, 2017 / 10:47 am

    OMG that looks like it must have been so much fun. I think my kiddies would love to have a go at that too.

  10. May 9, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    I’ve never been properly sky diving. But this I can do without being scared!

  11. May 9, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Looks like you had a fab time indoor skydiving Hayley – I did onboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas and even though it was two years ago, I can remember just how hard it was to remember what to do with my hips and legs, not to mention the arms!

  12. May 9, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    This looks so cool – I’ve always wanted to do this x

  13. May 9, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    This looks so cool and funny enough I have just been looking into doing this activity 🙂 x

  14. May 9, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    OMG what a thrill! This looks like so much fun and definitely something that I’d try out!! xxx

  15. May 9, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    oh wow, this looks like so much fun! There is no way i could do a real skydive but I could do this

  16. shannon ritchie
    May 9, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    I have always wanted to try this, it looks like so much fun!

  17. May 10, 2017 / 10:50 am

    We have one of these close by and my husband is desperate to try it! Me, not so much!!!! Looks amazing though!

  18. francesca
    May 10, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Oh wow thats soooo cool!! I’ve wanted to try this because I know I could never do the real thing out of a plane!!!

  19. May 11, 2017 / 11:07 am

    This looks like so much fun! If I didn’t have wonky knees that dislocate at will I would definitely give it a go. Great vlog too btw. xx

  20. Angela Milnes
    May 12, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Looks like had an awesome experience there and so much fun, glad you share this with us

  21. Dani
    May 12, 2017 / 10:42 am

    This looks like so much fun!
    It’s on my bucket list to do a skydive one day, but this might be a good starter 🙂

    Dani x

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