Before I start, I’d like to say that this was not a case of buying someone a present that you wanted yourself all along!
For Christmas I bought my mother an indoor sky diving lesson at Airkix in Milton Keynes. (Volume down before clicking that link!)
I was a little worried about whether or not she’d enjoy it, but she initially convinced herself it would be okay because it didn’t involve jumping off anything. The way it works is that you lean forward into a tunnel of ~100mph wind blowing through a metal grill and then adopt a ‘flying’ pose, chest down, as the wind buoys you up. Your back should be arched, legs slightly bent and arms also slightly bent in front of you with hands face down and chin up. At least, that’s the beginner’s pose. I’m sure those reading this who’ve been sky diving are laughing now at my amateur description of it all.
So yesterday we went down to Milton Keynes to watch mother partake of her flight. Upon watching from the viewing gallery, however, mum decided that it was, after all, just a bit too much, which is fair enough as she’s not great with heights. So I took her place. Today I’m aching all over from muscles I don’t usually employ. On my first two minute session I was bouncing off the perspex wall of the tunnel with some force, and managed to flip 360, the last 90 degrees being a helping hand from the instructor to stop me plunging onto the metal grill with some force. On my second session I seemed to muster more control and discovered that relaxing really does help you stabilize.
I’d love to do it again, but I have to save my money for now, not least to sort out a replacement present for my mother!