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How Skydiving Works?

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Before we discover how skydiving works, we will introduce you to the history of our skydiving center, and all the other things related to skydiving that you need to know.

History of Gateway Skydiving Center

Skydiving is our blood. It all started in 1969.  Exposure to aeroplanes skydiving and life growing up around airports is hard to explain to someone that has never been in that type of environment. While skydiving is considering extreme sport it is actually a very peaceful experience and most of our skydiving students would say it is not what we expected or it how we imagined it.

Some Skydiving centers had multiple locations where owners  can’t be there to greet students some are so big commercialized that you become a number. Skydiving is labor of love and in 2012 Gateway Skydiving Center was born. Completing thousands and tandem skydives and graduating numerous skydiving licensed skydivers and skydiving instructors with outstanding safety record that we are proud of.  We encourage you to come and check us out and live your life to the fullest.

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Our Mission and Our Team

At Gateway Skydiving Center our mission is to create a fun and friendly environment for our first time and experienced jumpers alike while putting safety first. We know that your first jump can be intimidating, we understand, we all started with skydive number one just like you! Our staff is very passionate and knowledgeable about what they do and will make sure that you have an unforgettable experience. Meet our team.

Gateway Skydiving Center is a 2nd generation, family-operated skydiving center with over 60 years of skydiving experience. We are located in Greenville, Illinois (a quick 45-minute drive east of St. Louis, Missouri), on a 500-acre award-winning airport perfectly suited for skydiving. We proudly serve the St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois area.  

This will be the skydiving experience you will NEVER forget, and that’s our promise to you.

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At Gateway Skydiving Center we jump from up to 10,500 feet, above Carlyle Lake. We operate a Cessna 182 aircraft that can take two tandems per load. Allowing you to jump with your friends and family in comfort and style

Our price reflects the quality of our service. Attention to detail, uncompromising maintenance of aeroplanes and parachutes. As well as the quality of training and certification of our instructors is what separates us from the crowd. Personal attention is what you can expect at GSC. We will transform your skydive from simply jumping out of an aeroplane into a life-changing, unforgettable/transformational experience.

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Types of Jumps

1. Tandem

With tandem skydive, you will be attached to a professional instructor with years of experience and thousands of jumps under his/her belt. So you can enjoy one of the most memorable moments of your life! Your job is to have fun and scream your lungs out as you are flying through the air at 120 mph. ​During a Tandem Skydive, your instructor does most of the work, making it suitable for most people. For more information click here.

2. First Jump

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 aeroplane.

3. Accelerated Freefall

The Accelerated Freefall program is made up of seven levels. And taking the Ultimate AFF First Jump Course is the first step in your progression. Ground training typically takes between four to six hours. It includes lessons on the parachuting equipment you’ll be using, aircraft procedures, emergency procedures, canopy control and landing techniques. Following the class, you will jump from 10,500 ft wearing your own parachute system.

Two instructors will accompany you on your jump, flying by your side to assist you if necessary during nearly one minute of free fall. You deploy your parachute at 5,000 ft and then steer and land your own parachute with radio assistance. Full altitude on every jump is what you get with this training method. Wearing gear provided to you, your instructors help you learn stability by keeping grips on you for your first few jumps.

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What to expect?

At Gateway Skydiving Center we treat you like family and not just a number. We have a very hands-on approach because we understand that, while exciting, first jump can also be intimidating.
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