Indoor Skydiving, Dinner, & Comedy
Planned by: Iain
2:00PM Our monthly date day started out with a sunny drive out from Toronto to Oakville, Ontario. The traffic was moving well so we arrive at iFly Indoor Skydiving with plenty of time to prepare for the afternoon ahead.
I have always wanted to go skydiving and had attempted this prior to having any children yet upon arrival the day of, the cloud cover was too low to fly that day and I never ended up getting around to rebooking. Iain knowing that I was disappointed with not being able to go skydiving, mitigated the risk and planned to take me skydiving indoors as a better option for parents with young children. He’s always thinking about others. *wink*
Upon arrival, you register and read the liability forms (yes there are some risks involved), provide all your personal details, sign your life away…just kidding. They weigh you and then direct you upstairs where you can observe other people in action while waiting for your instructor.
Our instructor Eric came and picked us up and we went into the classroom to get all caught up on what to expect, rules, body positioning etc. He answered any questions we had with confidence, except when I asked him how long he had been doing this. His response was “Do you want to know now or can I tell you after?” Now please! He then told us that he had been there for three weeks. Phew! It wasn’t his first day but not really a seasoned instructor either. We weren’t worried though.
After our session in the classroom, we got all suited up and received a jumpsuit (mine was royal blue, a colour I like wearing! My priorities are on point here), goggles, ear plugs, and helmet. Iain and I decided to do two one minute sessions followed by a longer two minute session. We were grouped with two kids, ages 7 and 14. The decided to do 4 one minute sessions.
Eric took us in one by one and helped us get used to the chamber. Chin up, arms to your chest, and fall forward and you’re flying! It was such a cool feeling. There is a guy in the booth controlling the airflow and if you make eye contact, will also help you with proper body positioning. Hand signals which we learned in the classroom were used by Eric to communicate body positioning and to make sure you are okay.
I had one tumble as I did not extend my leg out fast enough when pushing off the wall and I flipped onto my back. It did not hurt at all, as you are caught by a trampoline-like net underneath you and I was only about 4 feet off the net. Iain floated around like a pro as he had done this once before prior to his back injury. He said after this session that it will be his last time doing this as it was a bit stressful on his back and hips. Now we know! I would definitely do it again and am contemplating taking Tessa for her fourth birthday coming up! She would love it. Kids as young as four can do this and the young gentlemen in our group was smiling from ear to ear the entire time. He was a natural. Overall a great new activity to try! The safe version of skydiving!
6:30PM We drive back into Toronto for a dinner reservation at Planta Queen. We were sat underneath the yellow window over looking the kitchen. The servers were friendly and prompt. They helped us make some of our food choices and we were happy with their recommendations.
We had a cocktail and five dishes. My favourite was the Shanghai Slaw & Gyoza Dumplings. My cocktail choice was Blame it on the Aperol. So delish! Dinner was served quickly and the service was amazing. We were in a bit of a rush which they accommodated perfectly without us even having to ask for it.
8:00PM After dinner we walked over Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club to check out Habib Siam. Iain had bought tickets online for his show but when we arrived, the nights were mixed up and it turns out that Tuesday night is amateur night. Whoops! No big deal at all. We still wanted to catch some laughs and the comedians did not disappoint. We saw several acts and laughed a lot. We stayed for the first half of the show and left at the intermission.
9:30PM We attempted to go check out our friends new pop up bar called Bar Aperol but like disconnected suburbanites, turns out it’s only open Thursday to Sunday. We are definitely going back to check it soon!
It was a such a well planned out date I was not expecting it at all. It was amazing to finally get to try skydiving, even if it was indoors.