try skydiving for the first time
According to USPA statistics, each year approximately half a million people in the U.S. alone take the leap and try skydiving for the first time. On average, these first-time jump students and experienced skydivers make about three million jumps annually! Today, more than ten million men and women throughout the country can say that they have made at least one jump out of the perfectly good airplane.
Your first skydive must be a tandem skydive !
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Our weight limit is 230 lbs, and you must fit in your harness properly! 200-230 lbs -$50 surcharge.
You must be 18 or older to skydive.
We use the best tandem harness available in the market. The harness is adjustable to make you fit securely and comfortably.
Skydiving is not a physically demanding sport, but you do need to be in good health! For our solo students, you need to have enough upper body strength to pull all the necessary handles and steer the parachute! If you are not sure if you are fit enough for skydiving, please consult your doctor.
You will jump with a USPA certified instructor with years of skydiving experience. One of the requirements for becoming a tandem instructor is 500 jumps, but all of our tandem instructors have between 1,500 to 7,000 skydives.
This is our 11th year operating, and our staff is a big melting pot of amazing skydiving talent not only for St. Louis area but country wide.
We know that hanging out and waiting for your turn to skydive can build up anticipation, but we can guarantee that the wait will be worth it! Tandem skydive takes about 30 minutes of training, but it can take up to 4 hours depending on weather and other unforeseen factors. First time solo students please plan to spend the entire day with us.
Sure thing, we encourage you to do so! At Gateway Skydiving Center we believe that the bigger part our students take in their first skydive, the more confident they’ll be that they can skydive on their own.
Yes, we are at mercy of mother nature. Clouds and winds can be a factor but summer skydiving season around St. Louis is pretty consistent. Our staff will be there every weekend regardless of the weather. The best thing to do is call ahead and confirm that we are jumping before you leave your house.
Skydive just might be the best idea for your bachelor/bachelorette party, just make sure you come out and skydive before the big night. If there is odor of alcohol present we will keep your deposit and you will not go for a skydive!