The thrill of skydiving has been around for a long time. Veterans will claim there’s nothing like it, although the free-fall experience offered by internal wind tunnels is amazingly realistic. You’ve probably heard of indoor skydiving, and if you haven’t tried it then there’s a place in Niagara just for you.
The Niagara Freefall and Interactive Centre is the only attraction of its kind in Canada. It allows just about anyone to experience the thrill of skydiving within an enclosed and safe environment – no need to worry about bad weather or parachute malfunctions. Children as young as 7 can join in and get a taste of the free-fall experience with a wind tunnel that generates wind speeds of up to 120 km/h. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t need to be an athlete – as long as you have average physical health, the free-fall experience is open to you.
Each visiting group (of up to five people) is given a 25-minute introductory session on basic safety and training for the experience within the wind tunnel, and all equipment is provided by the centre. The tunnel itself is very safe, with padded walls and floors in a space with enough arm-room for four experienced skydivers at once – although for beginners it’s strictly one at a time, at least you won’t need to worry about crashing into anyone. Instructors are always nearby to watch over things – it’s a safe environment and the sensation of being suspended in mid-air can take a little getting used to. There’s no jumping or ‘falling’ involved – just you floating on air.
If you’re keen to try out a skydiving experience and have reservations about jumping out of a plane, this is the perfect compromise – the same thrill in an enclosed and regulated environment.
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