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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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Give the Gift of Flight

November 24, 2023

Memories over things is the new mentality when it comes to gifts. People are tired of new sweaters, ties, candles and things they’ll never think of again after they’ve been opened. Buy something meaningful that will carry with it a fantastic, life-long memory. The experience is breathtaking and so is the view! Only Skydive Midwest can boast panoramic views of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Lake Michigan.

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Colin "Dark Horse" Conway

The 2nd Fastest Man in America

October 31, 2023

Until recently, many SDMW locals were unaware that fast-falling actually IS a competitive event. When hometown hero, Colin Conway, decided to compete in Speed Skydiving at the Skydiving National Championships, our community sat up and took a passing interest in this largely ignored discipline. In one of the biggest upsets of the year, Colin “Dark Horse” Conway, earned a 2nd place finish in an event he didn’t even train for.

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When is the best time of year to skydive?

October 16, 2023

The best time of year to skydive depends on where you live. If you live in the Midwest, most skydiving centers are seasonal. Skydive Midwest operates from early April until early November and is closed during the winter months. Mid-summer has some of the best skydiving weather but there are some surprising benefits to jumping in early spring and early fall. Here are some of the pros and cons to skydiving during each month of our season.

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Fear of heights

October 9, 2023

One of the excuses we hear for not skydiving is a fear of heights. Being afraid of heights (acrophobia) is one of the most common phobias. 1 in 3 people express discomfort or distress when exposed to heights. Ironically, even licensed skydivers report having a fear of heights. If acrophobia is so common, how are so many people skydiving? The answer to this is a little more nuanced than you might think.

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When is the best time of day to skydive?

October 2, 2023

When booking a skydive, most people think about the best time of year to skydive but they don’t consider what time of day to book. While you can skydive pretty much any time during daylight hours, there are some benefits and disadvantages to certain times of day.

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Tandem Skydiving Weight Limit

September 18, 2023

Skydiving equipment is extremely durable and well-made. The harness alone can withstand thousands of pounds of force. However, safety is our number one priority and we always abide by manufacturer specifications, federal regulations and USPA requirements.

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