“I get so high, I just can’t feel it” – Noel Gallagher.
Recently I decided to experience something new, fun and exciting in Warszawa, Poland especially for my Dziwaczne Odkrycia series. I went Indoor Sky Diving with Tinggly and Flyspot! You might have read my preview post, and now I bring you an overview of the crazy activity myself! It was a thrilling adventure, you can follow my ongoing lunacy on my Facebook Page and Instagram Feed, bereft of any liars or GuruGods.
This was my first time to do an Indoor Sky Dive, though a whopping 10 years ago I did a proper outdoor sky dive while backpacking in New Zealand. This is a crazy adventure I recommend, here are the details!
Organising Your Indoor Sky Dive with Tinggly
It’s easy to organise and book your indoor sky dive in Warsaw with Tinggly. I recommend it to everyone in Poland (and beyond if you happen to visit Warsaw). Tinggly is a company that searches for the best adventures around the world, you book your tours and experiences through their website. Have a look at the different experiences by Tinggly.
You can book your experience with Tinggly for yourself and friends, or even nicer, you can give it as a gift to someone. So if you want to give this as a secret surprise for your girlfriend, then you can do it here. Once you have booked it with Tinggly, you will be given your reservation number and date and time. The Sky Diving itself is organised by FlySpot.
Unforgettable Flight in a Wind Tunnel in Warsaw Overview!!
This is one of many experiences included in the Tinggly collection as I explained and here is a brief overview.
Tinggly offers 390+ experiences, across 100+ countries with 24 months validity, Easy payment – 99 €
The awesome floating feeling of skydiving, with no need to get in a plane! Ever wanted to skydive but never had the opportunity, or the nerve? Then you will go nuts for this incredible wind tunnel experience in the Polish capital. Wind tunnels are usually used mainly to study the aerodynamic forces at work on planes and cars, but here they’ve turned that idea on its head – literally. This wind tunnel is vertical, creating a column of air travelling at a steady 150mph, so you just step off a platform into it, and you’re floating! It’s easy!
Even first-timers will find it very easy to pick up the basics. With the help of an instructor, you’ll learn how to go forwards and backwards, up, down and sideways, and even turn around. Bringing along your partner or a friend, you get two flights apiece to enjoy. And once you’ve got the hang of it, why not persuade someone to buy you another Tinggly gift and you can try out skydiving for real!
People – 1
Season – All year
Landscape – Urban
Active Level – Feel your pulse
Experience the thrill of skydiving in a wind tunnel.
Learn the basic manoeuvres from an instructor.
2 flights lasting 1.5 minutes each
Free video afterwards
Good to know:
No experience necessary
Causal or sportswear recommended
Duration 3 minutes
Minimum age 18
Available all year-round
Wi-Fi at the venue
Getting to FlySpot in Mory, Warszawa
Now I had my indoor sky dive booked, promoted on Social Media, was the short task of getting there. Strangely despite being in Warsaw, FlySpot is officially not in Warsaw itself. It’s in a country village called Mory, which is a few metres from the “border” between the Polish capital and “not the Polish capital”. But realistically, yes it’s on the edge of Warsaw!
I boarded a train at Stadion Narodowy on the Praga side of the bridge. I changed trains at Warszawa Srodmiescie onto a train bound for Warszawa Gołąbki, which is one of the last stations officially classed as within Warsaw.
From Warszawa Gołąbki, it is a pleasant ten minute stroll through the countryside to the noticeable FlySpot grey tower building with red logo on the side. This is in a very tiny village called Mory.
I head through a tunnel and by the side of the road. I am now officially on the other side of the carriageway and therefore outside of Warsaw in Mory. Within ten minutes I see the building and entrance to FlySpot. As was mentioned in my brief, I got here 45 minutes before my “flight time” of 17.00. You are told to do that.
Preparing for the Indoor SkyDive at FlySpot, Mory, Warszawa
First of all I check in and am given a form to fill out and sign. The form is the same generic type of form from my Sky Dive, Bungy Jumps etc. from my backpacking days. It basically says if you die, it’s not their fault, if you lose your coat or belongings it’s also not their fault. Hardly re-assuring but we have to fill it in anyway. The forms are only available in Polish or English. Despite being a student in Polish, I opted for the English form.
Then I notice my name is on the screen as my Sky Dives (I had two booked) were coming up.
My friend Rafal turned up to join me, help take photos and so we could have a beer in the bar there afterwards. My guide Bartek gives us the brief in a small room after we have put our gear on.
You only actually have 4 items of clothing to put on – the suit is in one piece, the helmet, the sunglasses and the ear plugs. That’s it. Once the briefing is done, we go into the waiting room and immediately you feel the air pressure. It feels like a journey to the Moon or Mars. Not that I would know anything about that! We take it in turns to go – Rafal has ran here fast to be my photographer and is ready on the scene for my first dive!
My First Indoor Sky Dive
Despite the fact I put the velcro and zip on the best I could, my first dive is a rare instance of the zip breaking. Because of this I start floating and my suit inflates too quickly, so I am only inside the wind tunnel for less than a minute. I must replace my suit for my second dive!
The problem was simple – the zip had snapped when doing a flip. This made me chuckle as it meant my green Northern Ireland shirt was now visible!
Because the zip had snapped, Bartek recommended I go and get a new suit on, so I leave the tunnel and meet Kasia who works here. I get a new suit on and ready to go again!
My Second Indoor Sky Dive
Now I am back in the waiting room and the Second Dive gets underway. This is the best one of course, as Bartek spins us all round, takes us high in the air then we are lowered down as if falling from the sky. The sensation reminds me briefly of Lake Taupo in New Zealand.
Post Match Beer and Video
After the match, it’s time for a well needed beer with Rafal Kowalczyk my good friend and comrade. We also hand back in our clothes and are told that the videos will be available for download of copying from the Video Room! The Indoor Sky Diving has been an incredible experience!! I encourage you all to do it.
In the bar, the beer we end up with is Carlsberg at 10 zloty a bottle (£2). It’s not the cheapest of course, and one of my least favourite beers but as Rafal and I agreed, “any beer will do”, Cheers and Na Zdrowie!
Final Question – Is Indoor Sky Diving scary?
No, definitely not. I wasn’t scared at all. Yet for some reason many people asked me this question. But then again, maybe you have asked the wrong person here as I am simply not scared of things like this. We can die tomorrow, don’t be scared. I have no fear of death, no fear of suicide, no fear of failure. The only real thing that scares me in life are liars. Such as the first person to lie to me on my journey when I was only going to visit her town and meet for coffee just like I did with the previous few hundred friends. But Sky Diving, Indoor Sky Diving, backpacking through Afghanistan and Iraq? They don’t scare me. Lose your fears, lose your inhibitions, get it booked!!
Here are some videos from my experience Indoor Sky Diving at FlySpot with Tinggly Experiences: