SINGAPORE - The first time I stepped into the wind tunnel, I was blown away.
For 4½ minutes, I was tossed around like a rag doll, alternating between hitting the wall around me and landing on the mesh below.
I was definitely not off to a flying start learning how to do indoor skydiving at iFly Singapore in Sentosa.
The facility, which opened in May 2011, has a five-storey tunnel with winds blowing at up to 180kmh to simulate skydiving.
My second and third "flights" turned out much better.
I remembered to keep my chin up, just like what the introduction video and my instructor said I should always do. With my chin up, I was able to keep my body in the right position, and this prevented the wind from pushing me all over the place.
When it was time for the challenge, I was not sure if my tired body and bruised ego could pull me through.
So I was pleasantly surprised when, at the command of my instructor Kumaresan Jayakrishnan, 31, I could let the wind take me up and then somehow I managed to float down.
While I was doing all that, his voice kept ringing in my head: "Relax and have fun."
I guess when your body is that exhausted, you have no choice but to relax. And get a sassy windswept hairdo while you’re at it.
For beginners, iFly Singapore recommends the $119 package which includes two 45-second skydives.