As long as I have the use of my voice, I will sing and read to my children.As long as I have the use of my legs, I will travel with them.As long as i have the use of my hands, I will hold theirs…and fly.” ~ David Sim.
As parents, particularly busy working parents, we treasure any opportunities to spend quality time and to create unique memories with our children.
As a Father, I’ve dared myself to ride all sorts of roller coasters with my daughter even though I’ve never tried that many as a child myself with my own parents. So that whenever she sees or experience a roller coaster, she can remember that she’s been on those with her Daddy first, before. Recently for Dana’s birthday, we treated her to an iFly indoor skydiving experience which she had always asked for. Guess what? She asked for her Daddy (yes, me!) to join her in ‘flying’! Now, here’s where I got a bit apprehensive. Flying? Sure or not? Especially so since I’m not exactly slender, svelte or agile.
As it turned out, their slogan of ‘Everyone can Fly’ holds true. Just like taking the roller coaster rides, here are 3 points I used to help myself overcome the apprehension which I’ll like to share with all parents out there:
Step Out…of our Comfort Zones:
The fact that our kids will always be younger than us, means that our mindsets will always have to stay open to new experiences. Some of these we may have tried as a kid, others may be totally new – like indoor skydiving! To stay relevant with your kids, we have to constantly step out of our comfort zone mentally (and physically). And when we do, it takes your bonding with your children to a totally new level. Try it!
While we may want to be all open-minded and cool, we have to be mindful that any physical activity carries risk, so it is important that such risks (if any) are mitigated as much as possible. At iFly, we were given through briefing and reminded to adhere to safety procedures throughout the flight. Right down to hand signals and wearing of goggles and ear-plugs. In fact, I dare say that indoor flying is safer than cycling or swimming!
Savour the Moment:
Finally, savour the moment. Don’t worry about looking silly, or clumsy or what other spectators and participants would think. Life is too short to live on others’ opinions. Firstly, no Dad looks silly doing fun things with their kids. Secondly, nothing is as important as what our kids think about us…especially when we’re doing something ‘cool’ with them!
Finally, my verdict on iFly? Well, indoor skydiving is simply a whole new sensation! I was simply amazed that it was so much safer and easier than common children’s sports such as cycling or swimming yet tons more exhilarating! It is also such a truly unique experience which kept us talking about it for a long time. In fact, right after finishing my indoor skydiving experience, I was so elated that I told Angie that everyone should try iFly at least once in their lifetime, with their kids! After all, we are young only once.
Watch this short video of our first indoor skydiving experience at iFly Singapore:
Read about our maiden iFly experience here:
Address: iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Singapore 099010
(Beside the Beach Station, down at Siloso Beachfront in Sentosa, Singapore. The Beach Station is a focal point for all transports including Sentosa buses, trams, trains and taxis. Should you wish to drive, there are over 600 parking lots located at the basement of the station).
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, & Thu- Sun 9:00am – 9:30pm; Wed 11:00am – 9:30pm
Skydiving Rates: Please visit iFLY’s website for the most updated rates and packages available as seasonal promotions may apply. Tip: It’s cheaper to book your iFLY flights online at least two days in advance. Do note the minimum age to participate in iFLY is 7 years old.
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