Indoor skydiving involves wearing a special suit with a lot of slack and floating in a padded room with large fans, separated by a fence-like border, which generate large amounts of wind. Although there are companies that offer skydiving lessons and jumps throughout the state of Massachusetts, there are no indoor wind tunnels.
The nearest indoor wind tunnel is SkyVenture New Hampshire, just over the Massachusetts border in Nashua, New Hampshire. Nashua is approximately an hour away from Boston, and the Red Roof Inn in Nashua offers a lodging discount for SkyVenture customers.
SkyVenture offers a range of flight packages, mostly based on the amount of time spent inside the wind tunnel. To get an idea of how long time spent in a tunnel coordinates with real skydiving, two minutes in the flight chamber is the same as three skydives from 13,000 feet. Customers can buy multiple one-minute long sessions in the tunnel to learn how to jump. Groups can also buy flight sessions ranging from 10 to 60 minutes.
Rules and Regulations
Anyone over three years of age can participate in the SkyVenture indoor wind tunnel; a parent-signed waiver is required for anyone under the age of 18. No one who weighs more than 250 pounds can enter the wind tunnel, nor can persons with hard casts. Flight instructors are always present during sessions. Note that SkyVenture will charge customers the full amount of their reservation if they do not cancel outside of 48 hours on weekdays and 72 hours on weekends.
For those interested in moving on to real skydiving, the Skydive Pepperell center is 10 minutes from SkyVenture; also, Jumptown and Skydive New England are other options within a 90-minute drive. SkyVenture customers can receive a lodging discount from Radisson Hotel Nashua if they mention their reservation code during booking.