22 March 2015

Flying the iFLY Way

Believe it or not, that's me!
A few weeks ago, my sister and I made plans to take our family out to Dubai Mall and Mirdif City Centre on the 20th and 21st of March because Mama and Gabe were going back to the Philippines next week. I’ll share our day at Dubai Mall later, because I can’t wait to tell you about our iFLY experience now. Yeah, I have a low EQ. Hahaha!

Anyway, part of our Saturday itinerary was for us to try iFLY while the little ones would be accompanied by Mama and their nanny at Little Explorers; so yesterday morning, we all met up at Playnation in MCC, dropped off the 4 at the edutainment centre (using Entertainer vouchers), and the rest of us headed to become Superman and Wonder Woman for a few minutes.

Making use of more Entertainer vouchers, Gabe and Hubby said they preferred to fly only 2 minutes, while Ate Ning and I chose 4 minutes.  My sister booked us for the 12 o’clock session, and we proceeded to enter our details on the computer, sign the waiver, and wear our bands.

Then we headed up to where the two tunnels were and watched the other iFLYers do their thing.

Soon after, one of the trainers called us and a group of kids into a room where he taught us the proper body posture and hand signals.

And then we went out and were given suits, ear plugs, goggles, and helmets.
suited up
A few minutes later, we were led into one of the tunnels where we sat and waited for our turns. From our group, Hubby went first, then Gabe, followed by me, and finally my sister.

First we were shown how to position our bodies properly…basically what we were taught earlier: legs straight or bent (depending on his instruction), chin up, arms up and hands at eye level, and relax. Once we had managed to get into the right position, we flew around for a bit.
I was frequently being pushed to the wall by the strong air, but I just pushed against the side until I was back in the middle.

The second time into the tunnel, a different trainer came in. First she made sure that we were in the correct flying posture, and then she proceeded to help us go way up to the top of the tunnel and then back down really, really, really fast a few times. That part was the most exciting and terrifying at the same time because I honestly felt I would slam down on the mesh screen below. I didn’t of course; the trainer knew what she was doing. But still, going up and down at that speed over and over really made my heart palpitate so fast from the thrill.

By the end of the session, we were all laughing and patting each other on the back as we walked out of the tunnel to remove our gear. Our upper arms were hurting from the experience (they still do until now, actually), but it was all worth it.

And since we wanted to have a record of the day we managed to defy gravity, we purchased cute USBs of our photos and videos…again making use of a voucher.
So if you’re still having second thoughts whether to try it out or not, just do it! It's a bit pricey, but they're now offering a UAE Residents Rate, or you can do what we did and use vouchers. Because it’s definitely something to experience at least once in your life.


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