Description: Bodysurfing on a current of air in a wind tunnel
Where: Delta, BC, Canada, Fly Zone Bodyflight
Cost: $52.50 for a beginner’s package that includes a 15-minute training session and 2 minutes of flight; $89 for double the flight time, group rates available
Time: Actual flight time is only a few minutes, but set aside more time for the introductory lesson, changing into the flight suit, putting in ear plugs, and waiting as each person in the group takes their turn in the wind tunnel (waiting isn’t a problem, as it’s entertaining to watch other people fly).
Difficulty: They provide a bit of training beforehand on body positioning to maintain your balance. Many people have difficulty staying stable, but an instructor stays in the tube with new fliers to catch them if they spin out of control. There is also netting on the roof of the tunnel to keep fliers inside.
Required Equipment: The necessary gear, which includes a flight suit, goggles, helmet, and ear plugs, is provided by the company. Wear running shoes or bring some for the flight.
- It’s really fun, even though you don’t get to go very high or do any tricks as a beginner.
- The instructors are all friendly and helpful.
- Getting the body positioning right is an entertaining challenge.
- Wind tunnel flying provides many of the same sensations as skydiving, so it’s a great training activity for those who are contemplating a dive.
- The clear tunnel is outdoors, so you’re out in the fresh air.
- The activity is very safe due to the presence of an instructor in the tunnel with you.
- You have to go regularly and reach a more advanced level before you can fly without an instructor and do acrobatic tricks.
- Due to the expensiveness of the equipment, prices are high and you only get a few minutes of actual flight unless you pay for more time.
- The giant fan used to generate the wind is really noisy.
- Make sure that you qualify before coming down – people over 250 pounds, pregnant, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not permitted to fly.
- Children are welcome, but they must be at least 5 years old and large enough to fit the gear, so check beforehand if you want to bring small children.
- People who have suffered certain injuries, such as shoulder dislocation, should not fly.
- Make a reservation in advance – wind tunnel flying is growing more popular, and sessions fill up fast.
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*Prices and conditions may have changed since the time of this writing.