If you’ve ever wanted to go skydiving but don’t yet want to commit to that whole ‘jumping out of an airplane thing’, you might consider indoor skydiving. That extends to folks who want a bucket list experience,  be it for date night, a birthday or just something fun to do with the kids.

Yes, it’s safe to say we’re talking about indoor skydiving, which has been around for a few years but has caught on recently. In Canada, indoor skydiving in Toronto is a good starting point for folks not yet ready to make the leap but still want a good kick in the pants.

It’s also one of the top indoor extreme sports in NYC, and has popped up in many locations across the United States.

The premiss of indoor skydiving is quite simple. You’re fitted in skydiving gear and then enter a wind tunnel with giant rotors that blast air vertically, allowing you to experience the thrill of free-fall – but without the free-fall. But while it sounds easy, it’s harder than it looks. Indoor skydivers say it’s a full-on workout akin to sticking your body outside a car window at 200 kilometres an hour.

Indoor Skydiving: Why, Where and How

Depending on your skill level, you may be accompanied in the wind tunnel by an instructor who guides you through the experience. And your first few ‘jumps’ (or flights?) you’re simply trying to stay centred. But it’s a rush – literally – as you get the hang of indoor skydiving, and the adrenaline that comes with jumping out of an airplane without weeks of training.

Increasingly, a lot of folks now do indoor skydiving as a gift, either to a loved one, life partner or just as a more thrilling date. It’s not unlike going to a scary movie to connect with over a good shot of adrenaline. A good date idea? Many folks say yes. At the very least, it’s a good bet you’ll both remember it – and for all the right reasons.

You’ll generally pay $80 – $200+ to go indoor skydiving. You’ll need to be in reasonable shape because it’s a full upper body workout. A typical flight lasts 60 seconds. Depending on which package you buy, you’ll probably get at least four flights.

Currently, iFly is the largest indoor skydiving operator in North America.