We are Passionate about skydiving

  • Our Location

    Our location couldn’t be more convenient. Whether you live in Chicago, Milwaukee or any city in between- Not only is the drive a breeze but we also have the most incredible views you will ever see.

     
  • Safety

    Safety is our priority. We have an impeccable safety record when it comes to tandem skydiving! While skydiving by nature is inherently dangerous we take every precaution to minimize the risks involved. We hire experienced and talented instructors. We jump new and well-maintained equipment crafted by the most reputable manufacturers. Our pilots are experienced and our aircraft are well-maintained to all Federal Aviation Administration specifications We have industry leaders and specialists host training seminars annually for our instructors. We are members of the United States Parachute Association and we adhere to all safety regulations.

     
  • Our Staff

    Our Staff is incredible. We absolutely LOVE our staff and we know you will too! From the office personnel who help you book your skydive and answer your questions to the Instructor and Videographer who share your first skydive with you. We hire passionate, experienced and enthusiastic people to be part of the Skydive Midwest team and it makes all the difference in your experience.

     
  • Our Community

    Our Community is something special. Skydiving is about more than jumping out of airplanes and more than just a job. As skydivers, we choose to surround ourselves with people who truly enjoy life and believe in making the most of every single day. From our staff, to fun jumpers, to tandem students- skydiving tends to draw people who are passionate about life. If you spend enough time at our dropzone you’ll find folks who really enjoy one another’s company and feel bonded by the freedom of flight.

Meet our OWNERs

Keith George

Keith George

Keith George is an avid skydiver and commercial pilot. Keith started skydiving in 1997 and has logged over 15,000 jumps since then! He turned his passion for skydiving into a business in 2008 when he bought Skydive Midwest.  Keith is a Multi-Engine Rated Commercial Pilot, Tandem Instructor, Aerial Videographer, Accelerated Free Fall Instructor, Coach and an FAA Certified Rigger. Keith has worked extremely hard to build Skydive Midwest from a small drop zone that primarily conducted only tandem skydives to a major Midwest/Chicago area DZ. Keith enjoys free-flying with his wife and 2 sons and competing with his National Champion 4way VFS Team- SDMW Chemtrails.

Megan George

Megan George

Megan George partnered with Keith in Skydive Midwest in 2011. They met when Megan was learning to skydive in 2010. Megan is a Private Pilot, Accelerated Free Fall Instructor and Coach. She is also an avid competitor in 4way VFS, 4way FS and 8way FS. Megan is a sponsored athlete and holds several skydiving records as well as being a 2 time National Champion Skydiver who has competed and represented the United States in skydiving at the World Level. During the week, Megan works as Chief Financial Officer, Bookkeeper, Event Coordinator, HR Director and Marketing Manager for Skydive Midwest. On weekends Megan trains with SDMW NEXT and SDMW Shakedown and enjoys coaching and mentoring other teams and jumpers. 

Meet our Staff

Kazu Oyama

Kazu Oyama

ADZM, S&TA, Student Program Director, Lead Rigger, Chief Instructor

Kazu has over 9000 skydives and 26 years in the sport. With that much experience it is only natural that he wears a lot of hats at Skydive Midwest. He is our resident Rating Examiner for Coach, Tandem and AFF instructors as well as the S&TA and Master Rigger. When he has the time outside of skydiving he loves bladesmithing, cooking, baking and eating sushi.

Travis Mickle

Travis Mickle

Operations Manager

Travis has 11 years experience with over 5,600 Skydives. USPA certified Coach & Wingsuit Instructor Examiner. When not skydiving Travis enjoys playing disc golf, video games and eating good food. 

Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson

Tandem Instructor, Lead AFF Instructor, Tandem Videographer

Hailing from Anchorage Alaska, Scott is a full time skydiver spending the spring and summer at SDMW then traveling down south to warmer climates during the winter season. Since 2015 he has accumulated 2500 skydives and enjoys nothing more in life than jumping out of airplanes. When he can’t jump he likes clean living and listening to NPR.

Brittany Halt

Brittany Halt

Manifest

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA Brittany got her skydiving license in 2020 and has worked in the sport ever since. When she’s not skydiving she’s jamming to music and dancing like no one is watching. She loves to travel and explore the world seeing everything life has to offer. 

  • Nothing about us without us
Theresa Hauser

Theresa Hauser

Tandem Instructor

Theresa has spent much of her life traveling the country and we are fortunate enough to have her join us at SDMW for the 2021 season. When not jumping she loves hiking, camping and traveling to experience all that nature has to offer.

Austin Lankford

Austin Lankford

Tandem Instructor, AFF Instructor, Tandem Videographer

Austin began his journey in the air while a senior in highschool and has never looked back. He really enjoys taking people on their first skydive and sharing the amazing experience of skydiving with the world. When he is not jumping out of planes he loves spending time outdoors with his dogs and fishing pole.

Justin Steffen

Justin Steffen

Tandem Videographer, Coach

Justin, a native of Wisconsin, started his skydiving journey 8 years ago and has accumulated over 1200 skydives since then. When he is not in the sky he can be found skiing and speedflying from mountain tops or traveling the country in search of the next great adventure.

Ben Statler

Ben Statler

Tandem Instructor, AFF Instructor, Coach

Ben has an affinity for living his life in the fast lane, skydiving was a logical next step. Before joining the skydiving industry he spent a lot of his free time rock climbing, freediving and training MMA. Don’t let the MMA training fool you, he is a sweetheart.

 Justin Gonzalez

Justin Gonzalez

Tandem Instructor

Originally from Pennsylvania, Justin started jumping after highschool thanks to the encouragement from his mom to do his first tandem!  After landing from his first jump he was hooked and realized he wanted to give that same experience back to people! He started packing the next year working towards increasing his jumps and gaining his tandem rating. In his off time he loves disc golf, running and rock climbing! 

Erik Ritter

Erik Ritter

A&P Aircraft Mechanic

Erik serves as the head Aircraft Mechanic here for Skydive Midwest. He prefers to stay on the ground maintaining the planes rather than jumping out of them, though he has three skydives. When is not wrenching things he loves spending time outdoors mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, snorkeling and playing around with his camera.

Rachel Rolfsmeier

Rachel Rolfsmeier

Manifest Manager

Originally from Colorado Rachel made her first skydive 6 years ago and immediately fell in love with being in the air. When she is not skydiving she enjoys playing with her cat and annoying her plants with random Star Wars facts while listening to “Jump” by Kriss Kross.

 Evan Eidal

Evan Eidal

Chief Jump Pilot

Originally from Kent, Washington, Evan grew up flying around the Pacific Northwest. After getting his pilot license in 2017 he explored different aspects of aviation. He found skydiving and got his Skydive license in 2020 and has been skydiving and flying skydivers since. 

Steve Byers

Steve Byers

Tandem Videographer

A Wisconsin native from Mequon Steve enjoys nothing more than sharing the novel experience of flying through the air and capturing someones first skydive on video. "Being a skydive videographer at SDMW the greatest job in the world." Trust me, I live in a house of learned doctors. 
DANK

DANK

Tandem Videographer, Coach, Assistant Ops Manager

Dank has been around since the early days of Skydive Midwest. He loves spending his time in the air, whether it be jumping out of planes for flying them. A jack of all trades Dank loves fixing and building stuff. He also enjoys scuba diving, world travel, and a good glass of scotch. 
 Garet Bloodworth

Garet Bloodworth

Jump Pilot, Head Coach for Evolve Flight School, Videographer, AFF Instructor
 
Originally from Michigan, Garet moved to Chicago to pursue a career in skydiving. He worked as chief instructor for iFLY Chicago and an Examiner for iFLY US. Garet loves anything and everything in the air so the next logical step was to get his pilots license. He will be spending most of the 2022 season flying the jump plane rather than jumping out of it. When he is not in the air he enjoys shooting, hunting, jiu jitsu and staying fit. 
 
Merrick Beltinck

Merrick Beltinck

Manifest

Originally from Montana, he has not skydived yet but is looking forward to this summer with his brother. When he’s not checking people in for their next jump he enjoys playing video games and spending time with friends!

 Nathan Hostetler

Nathan Hostetler

Manifest

My first jump was in June 2021, within 6 months that number grew to 200. Always looking to learn everything there is about the sport and day to day operations. When I'm not in the sky, I'm either hiking, cooking, camping or enjoy a beer with friends. Making memories that will last a lifetime. 

Zephaniah Knottnerus

Zephaniah Knottnerus

Head packer/rigger

Zephaniah runs the packing mat at Skydive Midwest which leaves little time for skydiving though he jumps at the opportunity whenever he can. Ever since his first skydive he knew he wanted to spend more time in the air. Since earning his A License in 2018 he has made over 280 skydives and earned his Coach and Senior Parachute Rigger ratings. Besides skydiving he loves long treks in the woods with his dog, Alvin. 

Kristin Beasley

Kristin Beasley

Tandem Instructor

Kristin is as seasoned a cook as she is a skydiver. So much so that she decided to split her time between skydiving and her brand new food truck. If you find yourself hungry and don’t see her around the hanger or in the air step outside for some amazing food from The 14k Kitchen.

Austin George

Austin George

AFF Instructor, Tandem Videographer

Austin, the son of owner Keith George, grew up in the skydiving community so it is only natural that he lives and breathes skydiving. On top of working in the school teaching aspiring skydivers and filming first timers he loves performing maintenance and working on skydiving gear as a senior FAA certified rigger. When he is not throwing himself out of airplanes he enjoys working on his car, photography and snowboarding.

Jimmy Correa

Jimmy Correa

Ground Crew, Packer

Originally from San Antonio, TX Jimmy completed his first skydive in the summer of 2019 and never looked back. When an opportunity to work at SDMW presented itself he jumped at the opportunity to start a career in the industry. We are excited to have him as part of the SDMW family and look forward to seeing his progression in the sport.

Ryan George

Ryan George

A&P Aircraft Mechanic

Ryan grew up around the drop zone counting down the days till he could share the skies with his father, owner Keith George. He spends most of his weekdays ensuring that the Skydive Midwest aircrafts are in tip top shape for jump operations as one of our resident FAA A&P Mechanics. When he is not working on our aircrafts he can be found in the sky filming SDMW teams Shakedown and Ballistix. 

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