I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to experience some amazing adventures and stunts, like rappelling down a 20-storey building or ziplining) and now I can now add “vertical wind tunnel skydiving simulator” to the list.
Last Friday I grabbed John Biehler and we headed out to the Flyzone Bodyflight in Delta, along the Fraser River. We were invited to the facility which offers a lounge, TV screens, and viewing area. I can see that they’ve laid it out for groups, team-building, birthdays, or just an exhilarating afternoon with the guys or gals.
Before you can “fly”, everyone goes through a safety training class to make sure you know the correct positioning and hand signals that the staff will use. Everyone can then get suited up in the appropriate gear (they have everything from goggles and helmets to ear plugs) you can head outside to begin your flight.
Biehler, who is no stranger to thrilling adventures himself, brought along his GoPro camera and was able to capture some great video.
We went in twice for about 2 minutes at a time, which is the equivalent of about two skydive free-falls. The scariest thing for me was when the wind cranked up and I had to position my head in order to breathe better. I had a brief moment of panic but soon enough the giggles set in and I enjoyed the weightless ride.
After “landing” I felt as though I had just rode a really long roller coaster at the amusement park, the adrenaline was definitely rushing.
At all times I felt very safe and Flyzone staff were around to hold onto me in the tunnel and make sure my body was in the proper position.
The Metro Vancouver paper called it “skydiving minus the sheer terror” which is pretty accurate. Adults start at $62.50, children (5 and up) $52.50 and groups (in packages of 10 to 60 minutes) start at $225. It’s not the cheapest experience but if you’d like to see what skydiving would feel like, and enjoy a genuine thrill, it’s something you should try at least once.