Flying is much closer and easier than you think, at Ifly Down Under Penrith, next door to Penrith Panthers. It’s only an hour drive out of Sydney CBD along the M4.
Don't have a car? No problem! Sydney's city rail will take you most of the way there with a short walk from the station, along flat footpath which is well ramped. It's a great way to ease you into the excitement of indoor skydiving.
The IFly building is a perfect example of modern construction, strictly sticking to a highly accessible building code. As indoor sky diving is basically a huge vertical wind tunnel with strong air blowing you up, it is understandable that all the big wind machines are on the lower floors with the fun bit up the top.
There is an easy to find lift right at the entrance taking you up to the operating floor. Once you are there, you will be greeted by friendly staff to help you with bookings and show you to the registration computers.
The touch screen computers are a little high up. I can reach it easily with the elevate function on my power chair, but if you look like you may struggle, the girls will just do it for you, you don't even have to ask.
After that, you will be taken to the briefing room by their gorgeous instructors, where you will be given these funky looking orange onesies, goggles and helmets. The boys are ready to help if you need, but are happy to leave you to do it yourself if you are cool.
The onesies can be a little tricky, if you need a bit of privacy with your carer there is a large wheelchair accessible bathroom right next to the briefing room for you.
After that they will show you a clip, teach you the basic techniques and in air instructions. Listen carefully, you WILL need them.
Come out of the briefing room and you just need to hang around for your time slot. There is time to scope out how the big machines underneath work, how other people do it, and in between sessions the instructors will jump in the tunnel and put on these fancy moves that you could only dream of as a first timer.
The wait is over, it’s your turn!
You simply leap into the tunnel with the instructor grabbing on to your side (2 instructors for high risk clients), then feel the gale force wind blow you up to the sky. This is when you learn to use the shape of your body and the wind resistance to go up and down and twirl around.
Breathing can be difficult, the air just gushes into your mouth, if you are C5 and above, check with someone first.
The wind will blow your arms and legs backwards as well as bending your spine. It didn't bother me too much as I'm reasonably flexible but I definitely felt it and thought "gee, woo!" not in a painful way.
It's 1min per flight, and it goes way too quickly, once you get better you can rent tunnel time by the minute, that's when the magic happens.
At March On we can sponsor your flight at a cheaper price, drop us a line if you want try it out. It’s awesome fun! Perfect access! And a great day out of the chair and into the sky. 5/5 on all fronts