Skydiving: A Weather-Dependent Sport

May 21, 2024

It’s probably not surprising that skydiving is a weather-dependent sport. Some weather conditions can create increased risks when skydiving. In this blog we will discuss which weather conditions have an impact on your jump and why.

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Skydiving License FAQs

April 29, 2024

How long does it take to get a skydiving license? Licensing programs are self-paced, so the time it takes to become licensed can vary greatly from student to student. The more you commit yourself to the endeavor, the faster you’ll become licensed. Some students achieve a license in as little as a week or 2! However, the average student completes their skydiving licensing program within about 2 months.

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Becoming a Tandem Skydiving Instructor

April 15, 2024

They say, “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” The sentiment is nice, but the reality is, if you really love something- you work hard for it. Professional skydiving instructors have done a lot to get where they are. Just because skydiving is fun doesn’t mean it isn’t also hard work. So, what does it take to become a tandem skydiving instructor? Read on to learn about the training, prerequisites, pros and cons to becoming a tandem instructor.

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Skydiving Safety Day

March 30, 2024

Spring is a special time of year for skydivers, especially in the Midwest. We start preparing to take to the skies again after a long, winter hibernation. At Skydive Midwest, we start jumping in late March or early April. There’s lots to do to prepare for another season of 7-days-a-week skydiving. One of the most important things we do before resuming jump operations is host Safety Day.

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Skydiving Tandem Equipment Explained

March 27, 2024

If you’re thinking about doing a tandem skydive, you might have some questions about the gear that is going to be used during your jump. We pride ourselves on jumping equipment built by the most respected manufacturers in the industry. In this blog, learn all about the magic backpack that’s going to take you to the skies- as tandem skydiving equipment is explained.

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Do I have to do a Tandem Skydive first?

March 14, 2024

Our most adventurous customers often want to know what it takes to jump out solo. If you’re a go-getter wanting to know how many jumps before you can skydive alone, if tandem skydives are required and how to get from tandem jumper to licensed skydiver going solo– read on.
Do I have to do a tandem skydive first? It depends. While the United State Parachute Association (USPA) does not require any tandem skydives prior to starting a solo licensing program, each skydiving center can set their own policies and requirements.

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What if my Parachute doesn’t open?

February 9, 2024

This is one of the most frequently asked questions among tandem students. It is a reasonable thing to ask before throwing yourself out of an airplane. Here’s everything you may (or may not) want to know about what happens if your parachute doesn’t open or “malfunctions”.

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What is an Automatic Activation Device?

January 10, 2024

An AAD is a small microprocessor that monitors a jumper’s speed and altitude during a skydive. It does this by measuring changes in barometric pressure. If a jumper is still traveling at freefall speeds when they reach the minimum deployment altitude for safety, the device is designed to automatically deploy the reserve parachute. A small pyrotechnic charge triggers a cutter, which severs the closing loop that keeps the reserve parachute contained.

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Can you skydive during the winter?

December 4, 2023

We get a few phone calls each winter from adventurous customers interested in skydiving among the snowflakes. Some common questions we are asked are: Is it possible to jump during the winter? Can you skydive when it’s cold outside? Can you go skydiving when it’s snowing? Here are all the details on skydiving during the winter months.

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