Who Can Fly in a Wind Tunnel?
The short answer to this question is – almost everyone! The information found below is general to indoor skydiving. Each location may differ, check with the tunnel you wish to fly in for specific rules and restrictions.
The age requirement really only has a minimum – 3 years old! The maximum age limit is more defined by how physically fit and injury free you are. With that being said, there have been flyers who have been 100+ years old. Read more below for additional information on physical requirements.
This varies from tunnel to tunnel, but the average weight limit is around 250 lbs/113 kg. The limit could also depend on the height and how physically in-shape the individual is.
As a beginner flyer, you will fly your body laying flat on your belly. This means, that the front surface of your body supports your weight. Your shoulders experience the most strain when flying. Nearly all tunnel locations will have a warning stating that if you have had a past shoulder dislocation it is recommended that you do not fly. Any other past injuries that may be re-injured by slightly bumping or twisting of your body could also be problematic.
If you have a special case such as being paralyzed or an amputee – don’t be deterred! There have been many participants with physical difficulties who have experienced the joys of flying. As long as it is deemed safe for all parties involved, you can fly!
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If you are uncertain if your situation will allow you to fly or not, the best option is to communicate with the specific location you are interested in flying with. Being upfront and honest will allow the instructors to make an educated decision based on yours, and the instructor’s safety. If they are unable to make a decision over the phone, you may be asked to visit the tunnel to speak with an instructor in person.
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Disclaimer: The information on this page and this website is to be taken as a general recommendation only. Indoor Skydiving Source cannot be held responsible for any outcome from flying in any wind tunnel worldwide. Choosing to enter a wind tunnel is an agreement between the flyer and facility they fly at. Indoor Skydiving Source has no role or involvement in this agreement. We always urge flyers to err on the side of caution when unusual circumstances cause hesitation when deciding to take part in this activity.
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