Like two sides of the same coin, over the years, skydiving and indoor skydiving have become inextricably connected. As a matter of fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a skydiver strutting around Skydive Orange that hasn’t utilized the wind tunnel in some form or fashion. Around the dropzone, we have many instructors and coaches that have a cross rating to provide tunnel coaching as well! Here’s what wind tunnel skydiving can do for you!
Indoor skydiving can be a great way for you to dip your toes in the water before taking the plunge with a tandem skydive. The wind speeds generated in the wind tunnel help mimic the feeling of freefall while requiring less ground preparation and eliminating some of the more intimidating factors like the ride to altitude and, you know, actually exiting from a plane in flight.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, using the wind tunnel to prepare for your first tandem skydive or first solo student skydive is a wonderful way to get yourself acclimated and ready to face the challenge. Because wind tunnel skydiving can only replicate one portion of a skydive, for a true taste of the sky, you’ll need to adjust your venue.
Trust us: the wind tunnel won’t satiate your craving for flight. Often, the first flight in a wind tunnel only stokes the fire more!
With proper wind tunnel coaching from an instructor at Skydive Orange, you can really take your flying to the next level. Both students and experienced skydivers alike utilize the wind tunnel as a powerful training tool. For skydivers of all levels, the wind tunnel is a great place to begin to learn a new skill, pick up a new body flight orientation, or fine-tune existing skills to improve competitively.
Because indoor skydiving strips away the other elements of an outdoor skydive, this method of instruction allows the participant to focus only on the body position required in the freefall portion of the skydive. If there are specific body flight skills that you are trying to develop, the combination of utilizing the wind tunnel for learning and applying the skills in outdoor skydiving is likely to help you succeed.
Supplement your skydiving progression with tunnel time to reach your goals. Whether you are currently going through the Accelerated Freefall Program at Skydive Orange, just beginning to dabble in competitive formation skydiving, or really itching to learn how to fly head down, indoor skydiving can help you meet your outdoor skydiving goals.
You don’t have to just take our word for it, check out the training regiment of any successful skydiving team. Seriously, even professional top-tier skydiving teams and world champion skydivers know the value of indoor skydiving training and employ it regularly.
The ability to skydive is always interdependent on the weather, and honestly, who knows on any given day whether the weather will cooperate? To keep your momentum from stalling because of a soggy week of weather, you can go indoor skydiving.
Though the wind tunnel is an important tool and a great way to get some flight time when the weather won’t allow for safe skydiving operations, indoor skydiving is no replacement for the freedom and peace of outdoor skydiving.
You better believe, when the sun is shining, there is no place we would rather be than skydiving through that vast, beautiful blue sky!
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