iFly Indoor Skydiving: Everything You Want to Know
For anyone who has ever dreamed of flying, iFly indoor skydiving is the perfect adrenaline-pumping activity.
iFly Downunder Indoor Skydiving allows guests to experience the thrills of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane. The experience is safe and secure, making it ideal for both first-time flyers and experienced thrill-seekers alike. And with locations across the country including Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth, iFly makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the exhilaration of indoor skydiving. So whether you’re looking for an exciting adventure or simply a unique way to view your city from above, iFly is the perfect destination.
I have always made a big deal out of my son’s birthdays. I love planning surprises, special adventures and family & friend gatherings to celebrate another year of his life. Being a single mum and Jordan being my only child I like to spoil him on his special day every year.
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo grueling treatments including chemo and radiation. I spent weeks in bed unable to get up or do anything.
Jordan’s birthday was fast approaching and I didn’t want to miss out on celebrating. I knew he didn’t expect anything lavish, given my condition, but I was determined to give him an experience he’s never had and to thank him for all he did whilst I underwent my treatments.
I started looking at experiences that would allow him to have an awesome day and one that I could enjoy with him. And that’s when I came across iFly.
I was excited and booked it. I didn’t tell him what we were doing and just drove him to iFly at Penrith to present him with his gift.
He was a little unsure at first, but once he went through a briefing with the other participants, he was excited. I had paid for him to go into the high air tunnel to make the most of his skydiving experience.
His session wasn’t fully booked out, so there was extra time for a couple of the participants to have an extra go and Jordan put his hand up and got an extra flight. It looked like so much fun!
Although I didn’t get to fly as I still felt fragile after my treatments, I thoroughly enjoyed watching my son go through the experience. Several instructors also did some demo flights, which were incredible to watch.
Indoor sky diving is not just for the thrill seekers, it’s also great fun and accessible to try with friends or family members.
Located at iFLY Downunder indoor skydiving facility which was opened up as Australia’s first ever location of its kind, promises an amazing experience regardless whether you are a first timer flyer, an experienced sky diver or military personnel.
The state-of-the-art room located at Penrith (near Penrith Panthers) features a 360 degree glass tunnel allowing spectators great view while they cheer on friends/family members taking their turn inside
iFly is the perfect sport for all ages and abilities. It’s fun, safe (no maximum age limit) with thrilling experiences that are highly addictive! The best part? You can fly in a group or on your own and they welcome people of any skill level.
You can plan it as a special activity for school holidays, as an amazing family outing or an adventure with friends. And if you are looking for a unique gift for someone special, iFly has gift certificates available.
iFly Indoor Skydiving Locations
There are over 80 locations worldwide including Canada, USA, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France and many other.
In Australia, iFly Indoor Skydiving is available in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Sydney – Penrith Panthers, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith
Brisbane – Westfield Chermside, 395 Hamilton Road, Chermside
Gold Coast – 3084 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Perth – 143 Great Eastern Highway, Rivervale
Melbourne – 2 Burns Street, Essendon
How much does it cost to fly at iFly?
In Australia iFly offers different packages including
iFly Value for 2
Flights for 2 people – 2 double length flight @ $135 per person (minimum 2 people)
iFly Family & Friends
Package for 5 people – 2 flights from $88 per person
iFly Value for 1
2 double length flights for 1 person – $149
2 flights for 1 person – $109
iFly Fast Track
5 double length flights for 1 person – $289
iFly All Abilities
Special night for anyone living with a disability – 2 flights for 1 person – $50
iFly also offers packages for kids parties and private groups.
And return flyers receive a special discount.
All packages include training, flight suit, helmet and goggles, one on one assistance from highly skilled instructors and a flight certificate.
For more information about iFly pricing check out the iFly website.
If you want to enhance your experience book for a high fly where the instructor will fly you to the top of the tunnel. The cost is only $15 per flight and well worth the experience.
Another extra you may wish to consider is virtual reality, which gives you the experience of an outdoor skydive using virtual reality technology whilst in the tunnel. The cost is $40.
Is iFly worth the money?
Seeing the look on my son’s face as he finished his flights, I would say yes, iFly is definitely worth the money. I have always believed in collecting moments rather than things and this experience is a special memory we will always remember.
Here’s what other participants have said:
Great family fun ! From 4 years to over 50 , everyone had a great time.
The experience completely surpassed our expectations, it was truly incredible. Something I will definitely be doing again and again in the future;
Insane! SO much fun for my partner and I. Great staff and awesome experience. You just want to stay in there.
The whole family enjoyed ourselves and created heaps of laughter watching one another.
How long do you fly in iFly?
Each flight is about 50-60 seconds and double flight is about 2 minutes long. It may not seem like very long, but due to its intensity it seems much longer.
The whole experience takes about an hour and includes
- Check in and sign waiver form
- Gearing up with your flight suit and helmet
- 2 or more flights with your instructor
Can children fly?
Yes absolutely! Children from the age of 3 can fly.
Are there restrictions at iFly?
- You must be at least 3 years old
- Cannot be pregnant
- Cannot be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs
- You must be below 118kg
- You cannot be wearing a hard plaster cast
- No neck or back injuries or heart conditions or have previously suffered from a dislocated shoulder
- You must be accompanied by an adult if you are under 18 years
Do they weigh you at iFly Indoor Skydiving?
That depends on the venue – some iFly venues do weigh you, others don’t. Their weight guidelines are: you must weigh less than 105kg if you’re under 180cm tall, 115 kg when taller than this height. If your weight is between 105-136 kg., please let them know so they can offer the right package for you iFly does not fly people over 136 kg for safety reasons.
What does iFlying feel like?
When you go sky diving from an airplane, you fall towards earth with a sudden jerk before opening your chute. But when you go iFLYing you are flying gently on a cushion of controlled air through all flight phases – not just at take off or landing…
Do you jump in iFly indoor skydiving?
No you do not jump in indoor skydiving. If you are a beginner you walk to the doorway of the wind tunnel where you are met by your instructor who then helps and guides you into the float position until you are comfortable and flying on your own. This can take several goes and the instructor is right there with you.
If you have paid for the high flight, the instructor will do this with you by holding your and foot from the side and then flies up into the high tunnel with you.
There is a large carpark outside of iFly Indoor skydiving venue.
How to Get to iFly
The best way to get to iFly Indoor Sky Diving is by car, however you can catch public transport.
To plan your trip, check out Transport NSW website – https://transportnsw.info/trip#/trip
Ivana Katz is a Sydney based website designer and travel blogger. Having her own business has given her the freedom to explore the world. She believes travel is the best teacher and her passion for adventure, writing and photography has taken her and her son to some amazing places, including Hawaii, Canada, Fiji, Greece and Czech Republic. Ivana’s favourite thing about travelling is learning, discovering hidden gems and creating memories. She loves nothing more than inspiring other women to chase their dreams and explore the world with their families and friends.
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