An indoor skydive is an experience where you lean into a wind tunnel and the gushing wind lifts you up and keeps you aloft. Never having done a skydive from a plane, I can't say how similar the feeling is to a parachute jump — but I can say that there is an initial moment of dread as you step off the ledge of the tunnel and allow the blast of wind take your body airborne, followed by exhilaration as you realise that the wind is actually keeping you flying and you can relax and enjoy the experience.
The flight lasts around a minute and you get a minimum of two goes. The first has the biggest rush but, by the second flight, you are little more relaxed and aware of your body shape, so you can enjoy the time more. It is certainly good for the over 55s because, apart from it always being good to get your heart pumping, you don't need any strength or skill to do it, just the willingness to release yourself to the experience and sufficient bravery to take that step off the ledge.
The indoor skydiving centre in the Xscape centre in Milton Keynes, which is a 30-minute train journey from Euston and then a 20-minute walk from the station. There are also bikes, scooters, buses and taxis outside the station — in fact Milton Keynes, with its quiet streets and wide pavements might be the perfect place to try an electric scooter for the first time.
Be aware, that you need to arrive for the skydive forty-five minutes before take off so that you can be kitted out and do training. During this time, you can watch other people, so you have an idea of what to expect when you go in. If there is an element of thrill seeker in you, then you will surely enjoy this and although you only spend two or three minutes in the air, the whole experience lasts around an hour — and those airborne minutes are intense!
Learn more about indoor skydiving.