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Do you know… The youngest person to sky dive was just four years old?! This shows that anyone can sky dive! One of the dare devils here in ADL has always been thinking of trying out sky diving. Sadly, due to the limited opportunities in Singapore, his dream of being able to sky dive was never fulfilled. At least not until iFly Singapore was set up in Singapore! Hence, upon seeing that GrouponBeeconomic had collaborated with iFly to offer a sky diving deal package, he clicked on the “buy” button without any hesitation. Check out his experience below!
Ever since iFly opened in Singapore, I’ve always been wanting to go there to try out “flying”. However, I just couldn’t bear the thought of spending close to $80 per person just to “fly”. As such, when I saw this deal by GrouponBeeconomic back in early February 2012, I know I must get it
After receiving my coupons, I proceeded to email iFly on 28th February 2012 to make reservations for 7th April 2012. 3 days later, on the morning of 2nd march 2012, I received an email from one of the staff at iFly, indicating that they are in the process of processing my reservation. However, as the date I chosen was a Saturday, I have to pay an additional fee of $20. I’ve no issue with that as the terms and conditions in the deals stated that a top up of $20 is required for weekend flights. I filled up a Credit Card authorization form (which is attached in the email) for the payment of $20, scanned the form, and emailed it back to iFly. By the late afternoon on the same day (2nd March 2012), I received a confirmation letter from iFly about my reservations. I must say that I am pretty impressed with the whole reservation process, as everything was very efficient and went on very smoothly.
iFly is located in Sentosa at the Siloso beach area. On the day of our reservation, me and my friend (girlfriend btw) took a train to Harbourfront MRT and then transfer onto the shuttle train to enter Sentosa. We alighted at the Siloso beach station, and iFly was just beside the station.
Our flight time was at 500pm, and we are required to arrive 1.5 hours earlier which is at 330pm. However, we were late, and arrived only at 345pm. We entered the iFly building in a rush and didn’t know where to go. Fortunately, we found the lobby and told one of the staff at the counter our predicament. He then told us to quickly self check in at one of the kiosk, and fill up two indemnity forms.
Following that, he led us to a room to view the safety video. Other fellow “sky divers” in the same flight as us were already inside the room when we entered. After the whole video is over, our instructor Joshua came in. He is a cool young dude who is full of energy and very friendly. He further emphasized on some of the safety procedures and also demonstrated to us the various flying positions. Each one of us were also required to practice the various flying positions on a flat bed.
After that we proceeded up to the second floor to get our flying gears. Here’s a tip for those who are intending to go iFly – all individuals who are “flying” are required to wear lace up shoes. If not, you will have to pay $8 to rent a pair of lace up shoes from iFly! Unfortunately for both of us, we were not wearing lace up shoes on that day. And hence, we had to spend a total of $16 to get two pair of lace up shoes. Socks are included too by the way. We also spend $2 to rent a locker to keep all our belongings.
We were each provided with a full body cover all suit, a helmet, two ear plugs, and a pair of goggles.
After Joshua checked that all of us were fully properly geared, we were told to wait for a while as the previous flight were still in the process.
After about 5 to 10 minutes, its finally our turns! All the “sky divers” in our flight are going to be “sky diving” two times. Although its said to be “sky diving” or “flying”, there was absolutely no jumping involved! So those who are afraid of heights, fret not. Each sky dived will take about 2 to 3 minutes, and at any point of time if one feels uncomfortable, he or she can always signal to the instructor to get out of the tunnel. However, that will means that one of your “sky dive” will be gone.
Basically, during that 2 to 3 minutes, what we did was to “fly”! Of course, Joshua was there to adjust our body position and technique so that we can fully utilized the wind from the tunnel and “fly”. He also positioned our body so that we can face the camera and take a good photo shot. Just beside the wind tunnel, there will be a camera man giving Joshua the hand signs as to whether a good shot has been taken or not. Hence, the tip is really to keep avoiding the camera so that no good shot can be taken, and you will then get to stay inside the wind tunnel for a longer period of time!
After everyone “flew” for two rounds, Joshua asked if anyone of us wishes to go for an additional round at $30. The sum is to be paid at the merchandise counter after the whole flight is over. Some of the “sky divers” in our flight went for additional rounds, but not for two of us. Subsequently, after everyone is done, Joshua then performed some high difficulty tricks by himself, which was super cool!
Below are some of the footages obtained from the flight DVD that comes together with this deal. Be sure to check out the video!
At the end of our flight, Joshua debriefed us and presented each one of us with a certificate. We then proceeded to change out of our gears. Due to the strong wind in the wind tunnel, all of our hair were in a mess; especially those females with long hair. Hence, for those going to iFly, do remember to bring along a comb!
Other than two “skydives” for each of us, this deal also entails us to a DVD footage of our whole flight, and a $20 retail voucher. Initially, we thought that the $20 retail voucher will allow us to purchase food and drinks at the cafe in the building. However, we were wrong. The $20 retail voucher can only be used at the merchandise stall. So in a way, we could have used the $20 retail voucher for our two pairs of shoes and socks which we paid $16 for initially -_-”
And so, since we still have $20 of retail voucher left, we decided to check out the photos that were taken of us and see if we could use our vouchers to purchase any of the photos. Some photos taken were really quite nice, and we were really thinking of purchasing them using our $20 retail vouchers. However, given that we would still need to top up additional sum to get the photos (and also we can always obtain images of our flight from the DVD), we gave up that thought.
Instead, we used our retail voucher to purchase two iFly magnets as souvenirs. Each one of them costs $11. And so we still had to pay an additional $2.
Below is the total sum I paid for this whole iFly
Price of deal: $138
Weekend additional top up fee: $20
Renting of two pairs of lace up shoes and socks: $16
Renting of locker: $2
Top up for souvenirs: $2
All in all, I must say that we really enjoyed this deal. The staff and service level at iFly were really good and there was nothing to complain about. As for the whole experience, though its still a bit pricey in general, I feel that it is at least something different and unique (given that there is really not much exciting stuff in Singapore). Of course, given a choice, I would probably not return to iFly again as the cost is really a bit too high for me
43 Siloso Beach Walk, 01-01 (located next to Beach Station)
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