I love this video because it evokes this feeling that makes me wanna skydive again. If you haven’t seen the video, c’mon how hard is it to hit play? 😛 Seriously, I watch this video over and over again if only to remind me of how awesome our first indoor skydiving experience was. I personally wish we have something like this in the Philippines but since we don’t, the best that I can do is to plan regular trips to Singapore to be able to do this again. Anyhow, before you read any further, make sure you watch the video and feel the awesomeness of this extreme sport 🙂
When I first heard that iFly Singapore opened, I thought it was cool but knowing myself, I knew it wasn’t something I would try. The initial plan was to go to Singapore with a couple of friends to watch Wicked. However, our friends didn’t come and it was a blessing in disguise because hubby and I got to celebrate our anniversary in Singapore by ourselves. I didn’t want to make an itinerary for us but iFly Singapore has this certain hook on me that I was pushed to plan this even before we flew to Singapore. In short, I took a leap of faith and booked without knowing what to expect 😛 I didn’t know what happened or what was with iFly Singapore at that time, but the thrill of an indoor skydiving experience suddenly hit me and convinced me that it’s something I should do while in Singapore. And let me tell you, it was THE BEST decision I made and up to now, I can’t think of anything that will top it. Best of all, hubby concurs!
Reaching iFly Singapore is easy. We stayed in Mandarin Orchard and took the Singapore MRT going to HarbourFront station. Upon exit, we headed to L3 of Vivo City and that’s where the Sentosa Express station is. The first stop is the Waterfront Station where Resorts World Sentosa is. That’s where you’ll find Universal Studios Singapore. The next stop is the Imbiah Station for the Imbiah attractions cluster. The last stop is the Beach Station where you can find Palawan and Siloso Beach and of course, iFly Singapore.
We went there on January 21 and at that time, there was a festival going on called Sentosa Flowers. We arrived early so we took the opportunity to go around first and check out the flowers. Can you spot Nemo? 😛
When we booked our flight with iFly Singapore, we were advised to come in at least 1.5 hours ahead of our flight schedule. As with any flight, the first thing we did was of course, to proceed to the check-in counter. Upon checking in, we were asked to present identification and sign a waiver.
After checking in, we were given our tags and training time.
You can check the status or schedule of flights on the board displayed at the check-in counter. From there, you can see whether a flight is fully booked or still with available slots, or whether it’s on training or gear-up or flying time. As soon as I saw the sign that we’re supposed to be on training, I got really excited!
The first room we entered was something like a dark pre-flight room where iFly Singapore videos about skydiving and safety tips were shown.
After a short while, we were told to proceed to the training room where we met our cool instructor, Harvest Wright. We learned that iFly Singapore has the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel. It measures a height of 56.5ft which is about 4-5 storeys high. It is also big enough to carry up to 20 professional flyers at any time to do styles like freeflying, four/eight-way formations, etc. We were also told that we’ll be having two dives with each dive lasting for the approximate time it takes for an actual skydive from 12,000 to 3,000 feet. In terms of time, that lasts about 40-45 seconds per dive.
Knowing these facts got me nervous and intimidated no matter how happily excited I was. At that point, the only thing I did was to trust our instructor. Harvest, just like the other instructors of iFly Singapore, underwent intensive training compliance with International Bodyflight Association (IBA) and as we were told, the instructors of iFly Singapore have over 26,000+ hours of combined flight time. In short, it’s safe and the instructors can take care of us 🙂
Harvest told us what to expect, how to do the proper flight form/posture, as well as some safety guides. He also taught us the hand signals by which he would communicate with us during the flight. Before actually going into the flight area, we had to do some practical exercises which were really simple. Each of us went on that bed to show Harvest our flight posture. He gave us comments and he also tested if we remember the hand signals. I was really excited but at the same time nervous of what it’s really gonna be like.
After training, we went to the gear-up area. For safety, only covered shoes with laces are allowed. In case you came wearing slippers or shoes with heels or sandals, you can rent shoes from them. You also need to get a locker to keep your loose items there like jewelry, coins, etc. At the gear-up area, we got our suit, goggles, earplugs, and helmets. That was the last point we were allowed to camwhore 🙂 Taking photos or videos is absolutely not allowed inside the tunnel.
Your photo will be taken by the iFly Singapore crew and your group’s flight will also be recorded in a video. Copies of the photo and video are add-ons that you can pay for aside from the flight fee. Here’s one of the photos we got. We also got the DVD copy of our video but I’m too shy to post it here 😛 I’ll be posting it soon, I’m just trying to find a way to import the video to iMovie.
I have to say that I’m glad I tried it and as I already said and will continue to say, it’s the BEST thing we ever did and it’s so awesome I can’t think of anything that will top it. My friends could testify that this is something I won’t do on an ordinary basis and that there must be something with indoor skydiving that made me wanna. And that “something” is so hard to explain that it would be best if you find that out for yourself. I’m seriously considering learning more about this sport regardless of how noob I am but it’s just so expensive having to go to Singapore 😦 *cry* Hey, iFly, can you please put up something like this in Manila? Pretty please? 😀
After our flight, we were given our certificates and Harvest was kind enough to even say something about what he thought of our dives. Truly, iFly Singapore is an amazing experience hubby and I will never forget.
Before I end this post, let me just say a few more things about iFly Singapore and indoor skydiving for those who are still skeptical about it. The structure is very safe. The base has an elastic net of stainless steel and it is capable of holding the weight of about 200 people at 100 kilos each. Another reason why indoor skydiving is safe is that there’s no room for parachute malfunction or fear of jumping off the plane at the height of 10,000-12,000 feet. You also don’t have to worry about bad weather or something. Another thing, as compared to a tandem jump where a first time flyer is connected to a tandem coach via a harness, here you can fly on your own while the instructor stays by your side to guide you in your posture and to simply remind you to relax. Cost-wise, let’s all admit that skydiving is an extreme sport that is not cheap. However, indoor skydiving costs only about 1/5 of the cost of a tandem jump.
So there, all things are in favor of iFly Singapore. Isn’t it time that you kick your fears aside and get an excellent workout and adrenaline rush? 🙂