I went to a *new* Wind Tunnel with the hopes to gain confidence and correct a problem encountered at level 4. I brought along 8 co-workers with the intention of them giving a taste.
Because the wind tunnel was new and had ‘teething’ problems I only got one 4 minute session and wasn’t able to go again before leaving town.
I weigh approx 190 lbs. None of us who weighed over 140lbs were able to get any lift. The instructor, who looked like he was about 140lbs, was getting great lift. Most of us spent the entire 3-4 minutes with two instructors holding our ankles while we had our faces in the wire mesh that protects participants from the fan. I was one of the few that weigh over 140lbs who could get a tiny amount of lift by using the ‘two instructors at the ankles technique’ combined with a lot of strength ‘cupping an imaginary ball’ with my body (as in what I understand may be a ‘slow fall’ body position).
I had the impression from wind tunnels in the movies (e.g. Cut Away) and my imagination that a tunnel would have enough power to support a relaxed, ‘fast fall’ position. I’m trying to learn to relax, not tense up! Normally do wind tunnels have enough power to do this, or is it ‘normal’ to have to do a cupping, tense, ‘fast fall’ position to get any lift?
From everything I’ve heard about how wind tunnels are great training tools, I’d love to get into one again – but this time with the correct expectations. What should these be? (e.g. How many classes to be able to get lift and be able to maintain a heading?)