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James Bond always gets to do cool things – like jumping into the back of a moving train, or hurling himself out of a plane. Bond, of course, is both fictional and highly trained – plus the movie studio (depends on how you look at it), can afford to throw him out of fast-moving vehicles from high places.
Doesn’t mean people can’t all watch him do it and wish they were doing the same thing though, preferably without the danger or the cost. In fact, just thinking that you could pull off walking into a bar and ordering a Martini is usually good enough.
So maybe people are not that keen on death defying stunts. But if you could do skydiving without the expense of the whole throwing yourself out of a plane at 30,000 feet thing, would you?
Safe Indoors
Indoor skydiving has become quite popular with those in the know. Individual users like the buzz; and business customers seem to enjoy the opportunity to reward their staff, or impress their clients, in a different way. While it’s still new, indoor skydiving has the potential to deliver a lot of bang for its buck: and it’s quite a bit safer than the “real” thing too.
The way it works is like this. A wind tunnel is stood on its end, so the air stream is blasted up vertically rather than across horizontally. The indoor skydiver steps out of an aperture cut into the side of the shaft, and is supported by the force of the up rushing air. With a little practice, he or she can move his or her limbs to guide his or her body through the updraft – effectively “flying” without mechanical assistance. 
The safety of indoor skydiving is generally assured for people tall enough to fit into the protective gear provided by the installation; and for people who do not exceed the maximum weight limit noted by the operator. This maximum weight limit is not designed to discriminate but to protect- beyond a certain level (normally 18 stone) it is no longer possible to guarantee that the updraft will hold the body in place. 
Other Exceptions
It is also noted that indoor skydiving is unsuitable for anyone who has sustained a shoulder injury in the past – particularly a broken bone or a dislocated shoulder. This is because, while the force of the updraft is perfectly safe for the human body in an uninjured state, it is applied most strongly to the rotating ball and socket joints in the shoulder. Pre-existing muscular scarring or cartilage scarring renders a shoulder weaker than normal – and so the updraft may in these cases exacerbate or even repeat the old injury.
Someone who has sustained such an injury, but who wishes to try indoor skydiving anyway, may be exempted from this rule if he or she is able to produce a doctor’s certificate proving that his or her injury has healed sufficiently to warrant waiving the caveat. It is best to take the individual advice of a doctor before proceeding with a booking in this case.
About author:
Drusilla Anderson is a freelancer content writer. In this article she shares the excitement of experiencing indoor Skydiving.