A brief History of Indoor Skydiving
The Indoor Skydiving community has grown notably since its origins in the early 1980’s with a few aircraft-propeller-driven machines around the world providing the opportunity for eager skydivers to improve their skills in the wind. A new chapter for Indoor Skydiving was written in 1998 with the opening of Skyventure Orlando and the introduction of an enclosed 12-foot diameter flight chamber with smooth wall-to-wall airflow that was a more accurate representation of freefall. Initially wind tunnel training was focused on belly flying training but rapidly grew into advancing more body flight techniques. Fast forward to the recent years, the sport has seen amazing growth! With official FAI recognition, the creation of new disciplines such as Dynamic, and an ever expanding membership group within such organizations as the International Bodyflight Association. Now, with the first ever World Indoor Skydiving Championship happening in Prague just 17 years after the new era in wind tunnels design, it is clear that the future looks exciting for the sport of Indoor Skydiving! We at the IBA aim to aid in developing the sport with our vision of promoting Indoor Skydiving globally and we applaud the athletes, organizers, and officials at the 1st WISC for being pioneers in this incredible sport!