After my popular post about The Best Fun Date Ideas In Sydney, I’ve decided to start a series on the best out of the box dates I’ve found in Sydney. I usually only write about things I’ve experienced so today I took my boyfriend out on a date to iFly, Sydney’s first indoor skydiving centre in Penrith. To say he was excited was an understatement – he absolutely loves adventurous things like this! iFly only opened 2 years ago and now has other centres located across the country. It’s taken off in a big way, so here’s my review on whether iFly makes a perfect date in Sydney.
Very excited driving up to iFly! Not too sure why we filmed this drinking our breakfast smoothies (mango, banana and coconut water if you were wondering)!!
Where is iFly?
We live just over the Harbour Bridge in North Sydney so it took us an hour to get to iFly which is located next door to Panthers, the famous RSL in Penrith. There’s even a hotel next door if you fancy staying the night. I’ve not been to Penrith before so I was actually quite excited about seeing it for the first time. As a country town, it’s amazing to think it’s just a hour out of Sydney as it felt like we could have been miles away.
Watching the pros show us how it’s done
When we arrived up my face completely dropped. As soon as you enter the brand new building, you’re faced with the cylinder almost immediately which is the central focus of the centre. There were professional indoor sky divers training and it was beyond impressive.
I was actually quite terrified but I felt safe as I had the boyfriend with me. After a quick briefing, we were suited up in our onesies and ready to go.
What was it like?
First time in the cylinder – it’s a lot harder than you think so trying to keep yourself off the floor is quite difficult!
I was totally terrified. We had 3 goes in the cylinder each. Whilst watching other people have their turn, it felt like they were only in there for a minute or two but when you’re in there, it feels like a lifetime but in a good way. It’s loud so you can’t speak but the instructor is with you and makes sure you don’t crash into the glass! After the first go, I wanted to jump straight back in – it was awesome.
Second time in the cylinder, getting better at it!
The second go was even better as another instructor jumped in and pretty much flew me up to the top. What a rush!! This cost an extra $10 but who would turn this down as it was amazing. See the vid of me flying up to the top below.
Watch me flying up to the top of the cylinder!
And by the third go I was starting to get the hang of it by realising that by moving your eyes can determine what direction you go in and I was flying a little higher. You have to be as steady as possible and not move in the slightest for it to work well.
Third time round, I’m getting better and managing to go higher!
By the end, our instructor showed us how it’s really done. We caught up with him at the end and he was a really interesting guy. Brett has been working at iFly for the last 8 months after working as a parachute instructor for the Defence for 14 years. He was really professional and very approachable, taking any fear away whilst we were taking part.
Celebrating with a certificate and the instructor, Brett Summers
How does it compare to actual sky diving?
So both of us have been sky diving before, I went in Taupo in New Zealand and the boyfriend did his in Hamilton Island both about 10 years ago. I remember being absolutely terrified at the time so the beauty of iFly is the fear of jumping out of a plane isn’t there and Brett told us that they get a lot of people trying it out as a taster for doing the actual real thing. Obviously it’s hard to compare the two because it is totally different as you’re not getting the same force of gravity but what it did do for me was it made me want to go out and do an actual sky dive again. This is something I thought I would never want to do again because I have grown into a big softie in my age and the fear of heights still alooms from time to time.
Does it make a good date?
I don’t think I’ve seen him more happier than in this shot!!
This was a brilliant date because it made us connect on a vulnerable level, where we were nervous, excited and had a bit of fear that we both related to. Adrenalin was running high and we were beaming when we left there after being there for about 2 hours. I think whether it’s someone new in your life or a partner you’ve been with for a long time, this makes an awesome date. You’ll put your trust in your date straight away which if there’s a connection, you’ll know if they are worth seeing again. Most of all we had so much fun!
How much does it cost?
The most popular package is the iFly High. See below for what it includes:
iFLY High – $119.00
Feel like superman with this beginner level package that gives you the same experience as our other iFLY packages PLUS let your instructor whizz you towards the top of our multi-storey wind tunnel. This package can only be booked in the 12:00, 18:30 and 20:30 flight sessions. Also available at 10:00 and 14:00 on weekends, however may be available onsite at other times.
- 2 flights for 1 person
- Only guaranteed in the 12:00, 18:30 and 20:30 flight sessions everyday, plus 10:00 and 14:00 on weekends
- Comprehensive training session
- Rental of flight suit, helmet and goggles
- Hands-on personal assistance from your flight instructor
- Personalised flight certificate
- Let your instructor whizz you towards the top of the wind tunnel
- This experience takes approximately 1 hour 45 mins including all training
For all packages see here.
At the end you get your own USB with the photos and videos to use which is a great idea, especially to use and promote on your social pages.
What has been a memorable date for you? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,