Tandem Skydiver with a videographer

Minimizing Risks in Skydiving

September 4, 2023

“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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Chicago Skyline

Skydiving in a City Near You

March 20, 2023

If you type “tandem skydiving near me” in your google search, you’ll find quite a few results claiming to be the skydiving center nearest to you or nearest to a major city. In the Midwest, you’ll find Skydive Chicago, Skydive Milwaukee and Chicagoland Skydiving Center…but are any of them actually located where their names suggest? Buyer beware: you might find yourself disappointed if you choose your skydiving center based on name alone without doing some research.

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Who Can Make a Tandem Skydive

Who can make a Tandem Skydive?

March 13, 2023

One of the beautiful things about skydiving is it’s a pretty accessible activity for most people. There are some things to take into consideration but only a few hard and fast rules when it comes to the criteria for making a tandem jump.

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Tandem Parachute Landing

What is Tandem Skydiving?

March 6, 2023

Tandem skydiving has made the sport accessible to almost everyone. Prior to 1983, the only way to experience it was to learn to jump solo or jump for the military. Thanks to the innovation of the tandem harness and container system, more people can feel what it’s like to fly with a relatively small amount of training and commitment. Millions of skydives are conducted nationwide annually.

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Kristin Beasley Skydive Midwest

Staff Spotlight: Kristin Beasley

February 27, 2023

Bees is the owner of The 14K Kitchen and we LOVE that we no longer have to pack a lunch to stay fed on the drop zone. We love her sense of humor; she can take a joke just as well as she can dish them out. She’s tough, hardworking, creative and determined. She’s so incredible, in fact, we have a whole ‘nother blog on Bees and The 14K Kitchen.

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Austin Lankford Skydive Midwest

Staff Spotlight: Austin Lankford

February 20, 2023

This guy genuinely cares about the work he does. He takes his job(s) seriously and works incredibly hard to be the best at everything he does, and it really shows. We also love that he’s a dog lover. He can often be found snuggling with the nearest dog at the drop zone.

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14K Kitchen Happy Customer

The 14K Kitchen

February 13, 2023

In 2021, The 14K Kitchen opened for business. Locals, staff and customers have been overjoyed; their days of starvation are finally over. We are incredibly proud to be home to The 14K Kitchen and its owner, Kristen Beasley. We’d like to take a moment to highlight the vision and hard work of the incredible woman who has filled our hearts and bellies!

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Garet Bloodworth Skydive Midwest

Staff Spotlight: Garet Bloodworth

February 6, 2023

Garet is one of those annoying people who is naturally talented at everything he does. What we really love about him though, is his drive to continue learning new things. Garet is a chronic goal-crusher. He is also an incredible teacher who shares his wealth of knowledge with others by offering expert coaching and organizing at SDMW.

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Skydive Midwest Staff Travis Mickle

Staff Spotlight: Travis Mickle

January 30, 2023

We love Travis’s chill vibes. He’s very go-with-the-flow and always keeps a cool head under pressure. We love his passion for tacos. This guy does a Venmo fundraiser on his birthday to get taco money. Travis is also one of the top wingsuiters and wingsuit coaches in the country. He has all the skills and is an excellent teacher in his area of expertise. He has been working in the skydiving industry for 22 years and has collected an insane amount of experience and knowledge in a variety of areas during that time

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SDMW Ballistix Mixed Formation Skydiving team

SDMW Ballistix MFS Team Spotlight

January 16, 2023

SDMW Ballistix MFS Team Spotlight Skydive Midwest is proud to sponsor this 2Way MFS Advanced team with a go-getter attitude. These kids are always out at the dz or in the tunnel working on their discipline with huge smiles on their faces. Corey Wilt and Denise Kruzikas Wilt are a husband-wife duo (flying inside) with…

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