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No time like the present to try trapeze

Joe Malcolmson, an 86-year-old from Rockville Centre, tried

Joe Malcolmson, an 86-year-old from Rockville Centre, tried trapeze recently for the first time with I.FLY. Photo Credit: I.FLY Flying Trapeze Photo

From kiteboarding to skydiving to shark dives, there are plenty of activities that adventure lovers can try on Long Island. Trapeze is another one of those activities. And while you might expect younger people to gravitate to this activity, Joe Malcolmson, pictured, flew through the air for the very first time on April 24. He's 86 years old.

I.FLY Flying Trapeze's season kicked off that day and will run through October in Rockville Centre's Tanglewood Preserve at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning. There are one-off classes for beginners, 90 minutes of instruction at $50 for adults and $40 for children under 14, offered on weekdays at 5 p.m. and throughout the day on weekends. Instruction is available only by appointment.

A couple of years ago, I had the chance to give trapeze a try at the previous Smithtown location (video below). My first time on the plank I was freaked, as in screaming, squealing and knee-shaking freaked. My fear of heights almost had the best of me. And by the end? Yep, I was doing some crazy stunts (at least in my mind), swinging from my knees, letting go and being caught by an instructor.

So, if someone who's 86 can do it and someone completely scared of heights can do it, what's your excuse to not give it a shot? 

I.FLY Flying Trapeze photo

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