Too afraid to skydive? Try it indoors!

Indoor skydiving is an adventure for people who want to feel like they’re flying, but don’t want to jump from an airplane. With the assistance of a vertical, high velocity wind tunnel, it’s possible for enthusiasts to experience body flight in a safe, highly controlled environment. There’s very little equipment involved, and no need to worry about parachute failure. In fact, this recreational activity is so easy that children as young as three years old routinely participate in it.

Without a doubt, skydiving is a thrilling proposition. Some people might like to try it, but they just can’t picture themselves actually taking that initial leap out of the airplane. They see themselves careening through the air some 15,000 feet above the Earth, and their heart fails them.

However, with indoor skydiving, it’s possible to experience similar thrills without the risk inherent in traditional skydiving. Most indoor skydiving facilities are constructed with a soft, trampoline-like base. The walls are padded to ensure that the vast majority of bumps are soft landings. Best of all, people with a fear of heights will find very little reason for this adventure to raise their level of anxiety. It’s possible for them to float just a few feet above the trampoline surface. In many instances, their instructor will be right there with them the whole time, holding on to them to ensure a safe and secure experience.

Anyone can participate in indoor skydiving with just a little instruction and the right equipment. Instructors will offer tips and advice, and some facilities also provide a video presentation. This educational session takes just a few minutes and provides participants with everything they need to know, including essential hand signals to be used during flight.

Indoor skydiving facilities are popping up all over the world. They are becoming quite popular in vacation destinations like Las Vegas and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The facility in Las Vegas, known as Vegas Indoor Skydiving, is recognized as the oldest operating facility of its kind. In Pigeon Forge, visitors take a flight at Flyaway. Orlando has long been considered a major vacation destination, and their iFly Orlando facility definitely cements this reputation.

Indoor skydiving is an adrenaline rush for every participant. It lets people feel the thrill of flying through the air, but without the risks typically associated with jumping from an airplane. It’s an unforgettable experience, and one which most people want to try again.

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Seven Incredible Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

We all have things we want to do before we die— whether it’s taking a gap year in Argentinaor seeing the Pyramids at Giza, having a “bucket list” is something anyone can do. Here are seven great destinations and experiences you can add to your list.

1. Skydiving at Mount Everest

Mt Everest

You could spend months (or even years) preparing to climb the world’s highest peak, or you could just hop in a plane, fly above it, and jump out. The “world’s most extreme skydiving adventure” allows you to jump from a height of 29,500 feet, which is higher even than the top of the mountain. You’ll freefall at a speed of 120 miles per hour, but you’ll still get the chance to laugh at those who are slowly making their way down.

2. Ride the steepest roller coaster in the world


It’s located in Tamanash, Japan at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park. It has a free-fall of 121 degrees, seven sharp twists, and a 43-meter drop. The nearly-vertical fall is just one in a long list of world records set by Fuji-Q, one of the world’s most extreme amusement parks.

3. Spend some time with the “salties”

Salt Water Croc

As part of your gap year in Australia, you can climb into a cage and get up close and personal with the saltwater crocodiles. Separated by nothing more than a two-inch pane of Plexiglas, you and a friend can see these fierce creatures in a way not possible anywhere else.

4. Free dive in the Bahamas


Don’t let the tranquil location or the name fool you. Dean’s Blue Hole is dark, deep, and very intimidating; if you are up to the challenge, you can dive the deepest known saltwater hole in the world. You might not beat the freediving record, and you won’t get to the bottom, but you’ll surely have a great time and cross an item off your bucket list.

5. Dine in the sky

Dine in the sky

Pulling up a chair isn’t easy here, but the meal will surely be memorable. You and 20 others can eat dinner, suspended from a crane roughly 150 feet in the air. Meals take about an hour, and a trip to the bathroom means that the entire table has to descend, but this is a great addition to your list (unless you’re afraid of heights, that is).

6. Swim with the sharks in South Africa

Swim Shark

There are many places to swim with sharks, but one of the most well-known is in South Africa’s Cape Town. After you’ve dived and regained your wits, you can include a trip to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

7. Ride “The Eye” in London

London Eye

Over three million people ride the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe each year. As the Eiffel Tower is to Parisians, the Eye is to Londoners (but we can guarantee riding the Eye is much more fun!). A ride lasts about thirty minutes, and provides a breathtaking view of the city. For added excitement, ride at night.

None of us like to think about our own mortality, but the truth is, we’re all going to leave this world at some point. If you experience one or all of the things on this bucket list, you can say you tried something new, and live (or die) without regret.

Guest article written by Amy Fowler

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Get Paid to Be a Daredevil

If you’ve always been a bit of a daredevil and wonder how you can make a living feeding that need, you might not have to look that far. There are plenty of careers – some surprising – that can help you be the professional adventurer you’ve always dreamed of being.

Theme Parks

That’s right, theme parks. Based on your education and experience you could possibly work with various forms of wildlife at theme parks such as SeaWorld (located in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Florida). SeaWorld is home to a huge variety of birds and aquatic life, including sharks, rays, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, otters and whales. Within each specialty, the parks then have sub specialties you may be eligible to apply for.

If the animals are a no-go but you’ve a need for speed then how about roller coasters? From designers to builders to repair mechanics, the perks of getting to ride such beauties every day can’t help but make a daredevil’s heart sing.

Sky Diving and Hang Gliding

Tandem Sky Dive

If you love sailing through the sky why not consider working at a Drop Zone specializing in sky diving or hang gliding? Even if you aren’t qualified to be an instructor you could work in the gift shop or maybe manage marketing and tours and hopefully get free or discounted flight benefits. And if you show promise, some companies might even assist you to become certified as an instructor! Depending on skill level and personal wishes customers might jump solo or fly tandem with an instructor.

Tour Guide

No matter where you live, if tourism is any part of the economy then guides of all stripes will most likely be needed. Love thoughts of all things otherworldly? Why not conduct ghost tours? Are you a major history buff of a certain era or famous figure? Then consider bring it all back to life for visitors from across the globe. If you love the subject matter every tour will have something new to offer. Sure, you’ll learn a script of sorts but there are few things more rewarding than learning all you can about a subject and then being paid to share your knowledge?

Not really into traditional history but love Rock and Roll? How about aligning yourself with the likes of Hard Rock or with one of the various music museums so many towns have to offer? No matter what type of historical significance or genre, signing up to be a tour guide can be a fun gig to land.

Window Washing

Okay so maybe this one sounds a little less than glamorous but if you want a daily adrenalin rush try hanging outside a 12 story building like Spider Man. Folks with Acrophobia need not apply because this particular job requires a major acceptance of hanging up high, often with your feet hanging free. Not high enough? How about becoming a window washer for a sky scraper? This line of work is obviously not without risk so a clear head and proper training and equipment is needed to perform such a thing safely. But because of such potential for injury the pay can be quite lucrative.

So how do you get your thrills? If you’ve always been a hobbyist why not finding a way to turn your love of adventure into a career?

Written by Erin Nolan. Injured during your adventure? Get help:

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