The Difference Between Indoor & Outdoor Skydiving

Everyone who’s anyone has heard about skydiving. Whether strapped to an instructor or flying solo, you jump from an airplane several thousand feet above the ground and freefall towards earth. At some point in this freefall, either your or the tandem instructor will deploy the parachute and you will float gently back to the ground. But, what’s indoor skydiving? And how does the experience vary with indoor skydiving vs outdoor?

Indoor skydiving is a little paradoxical, unless you’re doing it from the ceiling of 15,000 ft building. And it’s somewhat of a misnomer. Indoor skydiving is actually a simulation of the freefall portion of the traditional skydiving experience in an indoor wind tunnel. By stepping into one of these ginormous indoor wind tunnels, you can experience the thrill and challenges of the freefall portion of a skydive without the hours of preparation and reliance on good weather associated with the traditional skydiving outdoors.

What’s The Same?

Indoor skydiving facilities use vertical wind tunnels (VWT) to give you the feeling of freefall. While outdoor skydiving free fall usually only lasts about 60 seconds, indoor skydiving times are completely dependant on the package you purchase.

Some consider it a convenient and cheaper way to develop their airborne control skills before heading out into the open skies. Others might see it as a way to get a taste of freefall without getting too far from the ground.

What’s Different?

Am I Missing Out With Indoor Skydiving vs Outdoor?

If you go indoors, you’re missing out on these sweet perks of skydiving outdoors:

  • An overwhelming adrenaline rush: When it comes to the overall experience, we’re talking the difference between a Merry-go-Round and a Roller Coaster.
  • A spectacular view: 12,500 feet is high enough to see for miles around. Take pictures!
  • A relaxing canopy ride: Once the parachute has been pulled, you’ll be treated to a scenic descent back to Earth.
  • The challenge of stepping out of an airplane.
  • Bragging rights!

What do I get Skydiving Indoors?

Unlike skydiving outdoors, with indoor skydiving:

  • It’s easy-peasy: You don’t need to know a lick about parachutes.
  • No jumping is required. You just step inside the wind tunnel.
  • Children as young as three years old can participate. Traditional skydiving requires a minimum age of 18.
  • No need to wait for good weather.
  • You can go solo right off the bat. Outdoor skydiving training typically involves an accelerated freefall course.

The Bottom Line

Cost is always a factor, and that’s one place indoor skydiving wins out. Indoor skydiving packages average at about one-third the cost of outdoor skydiving, typically $60 vs. $189.

So it all comes down to your motivations for skydiving. If you seek the mental challenge and spectacular views that come from jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, traditional skydiving is definitely the way to go. However, if you want the experience of flying without the gear hassle and time investment, indoor skydiving is definitely a good option. And hey, you can always give indoor skydiving a try first, then work your way up to the real deal.

The Skydive Taft Experience

Skydive Taft has been serving the Los Angeles and Southern California area for over twenty years. We are renowned for pristine gear, superb instructors, and a sense of community uncommon for operations of our size. Located just outside of Los Angeles, Skydive Taft makes an ideal weekend getaway.

Contact us today at 661.765.5867 for more information and to book your next outdoor skydiving adventure.