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Real Skydiving VS Indoor Skydiving

Indoor skydiving, also known as vertical wind tunnel skydiving, has become increasingly popular in recent years. While the rumors of wind tunnel coming to St. Louis, MO near Top Golf in Chesterfield,MO (5 years in making) the closest one to us is in Chicago and Kansas City… Indoor skydiving provides an opportunity for thrill-seekers to experience the feeling of skydiving without jumping out of a plane. However, indoor skydiving is not the same as real skydiving from an airplane. In this blog, we will compare the two and explore their differences.

Equipment and Environment

One of the most significant differences between indoor skydiving and real skydiving is the equipment used and the environment in which the activity takes place.

Indoor skydiving uses a vertical wind tunnel that is a large tube with a powerful vertical air current. Participants wear a jumpsuit, helmet, goggles, and earplugs. They enter the wind tunnel and float on the air current, simulating the feeling of freefall.

On the other hand, real skydiving involves jumping out of an airplane at an altitude of around 10,000 feet or higher. A tandem skydive requires the participant to be harnessed to a qualified instructor who deploys the parachute and guides the participant to a safe landing.

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Safety is a significant concern in any activity, but even more so in activities that involve falling from high altitudes.

Indoor skydiving is generally considered safer than real skydiving since you are inside of a windy tube but just like anything else there is a trade of. Jumping out is the best part…Ground rush and flying around with your parachute Isa real human flight.

Real skydiving is also considered safe if proper precautions are taken. Gateway Skydiving Center has an outstanding safety record out of any skydiving centers in the Mid-West…. Participants are required to undergo training and are connected to a qualified instructor during the skydive. However, there is always an element of risk involved with real skydiving due to its exposure to natural elements and the inherent risks of falling from high altitudes.

Indoor skydiving and Tandem skydiving require a short training session, typically lasting around 30 minutes. The training includes a briefing on safety, instructions on body positioning and movement and landing… Indoor skydiving Is a good option for kids to get them exposure on basic human body flight

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The cost is another significant difference between indoor skydiving and real skydiving. Indoor skydiving is generally less expensive than real skydiving.

The cost of indoor skydiving varies depending on factors such as location and the length of the session. However, it usually ranges from $50 to $100 per session.

The cost of real skydiving is higher. Tandem skydiving generally costs between $200 and $300 per person, depending on the location and altitude of the jump. Solo skydiving requires more extensive training and is generally more expensive…

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Finally, the experience of indoor skydiving and real skydiving is different.

Indoor skydiving provides a unique and thrilling experience. Participants experience freefall in a controlled environment, with the ability to practice body positioning and movement. However, the experience is limited to the wind tunnel, and the flight time is generally short.

Real skydiving provides an experience that cannot be replicated in a wind tunnel. Participants jump out of a plane, experience the thrill of freefall, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the earth below. Real skydiving provides a more profound sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.


In conclusion, indoor skydiving and real skydiving are two different activities that provide participants with different experiences. Indoor skydiving is generally considered safer and less expensive, while real skydiving provides a unique and life-changing experience. However, both activities require proper safety equipment, training, and adherence to safety protocols to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Ultimately, the choice between indoor and real skydiving depends on personal preference, budget, and level of risk tolerance.


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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. It allows 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 airplanes and parachutes. Also 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 airplane into a life changing, unforgettable/transformational experience.

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Happy skydiving experiences of this years skydiving season

The Skydiving Season 2023 has begun. Fill your excitement for this summer by skydive jumping, free yourself from the home isolation. Feel the adrenaline of skydiving this summer. Feel the air in your face, smile, scream and enjoy adrenaline rush by Skydiving with us Gateway Skydiving Center.

Here are some of the experiences that some of our skydivers lived this season.

If you’re looking to go skydiving in the St. Louis area, I HIGHLY recommend Gateway Skydiving Center! They were very friendly and the entire experience was wonderful!

Sarah Marie

If you’ve never skydived you’re missing out! Arnel and his crew were so genuine and great instructors! I’ve recommended them to all of my friends and family whom wish to experience the experience I experienced today! I will definitely be going again (:

Jay A

This was my First Skydive Experience. This was filled with Adrenaline, and excitement. This team and Professionals at Gateway Skydiving Center are the BEST around. You won’t find a better team then ARNEL and his crew. There was little to no FEAR or falling sensation. If YOU want to take the leap do it HERE! Absolutely the BEST around. I WILL be coming BACK! YEEHAW

Mathew Hammer

Don’t miss this life changing experience this summer, contact Gateway Skydiving Center and book a flight now! Feel the adrenaline of skydiving this summer!