Can you skydive during the winter?

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

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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The 2nd Fastest Man in America

Colin "Dark Horse" Conway

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?

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

Tandem skydiver screaming on exit

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?

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

tandem skydive at skydive midwest

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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Safety in Skydiving: Minimizing Risks

Tandem Skydiver with a videographer

“Is skydiving safe?” This is one of the most common questions about the sport. Although millions of successful skydives are conducted each year and the risks are relatively low, they are not zero. As with any extreme sport, there are inherent risks. However, there are a few things you can do to contribute to your own safety. Most of this information will be taught in your training class on the day of your skydive, but it doesn’t hurt to hear it more than once.

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Skydiving Views: Location is Key

Tandem Skydive

The view is only one of many reasons to go skydiving. But saying “the view” doesn’t really cover what you get to see on a tandem skydive. Because of our location, we are the only skydiving center with views of 2 major midwestern cities and metropolitan areas. As incredible as skydiving over Chicago and Milwaukee can be, that’s not all you get to experience when you jump at Skydive Midwest. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most spectacular things about seeing the world from 14,500 feet when you jump with us.

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