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Required equipment for skydiving

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Skydiving must be taken seriously. You can’t dress the way you want when you want to skydive. Some types of clothing and footwear can be dangerous for skydivers, learn how to dress before you start jumping off a plane.


Skydiving isn’t a fashion contest! You will be most comfortable in loose fitting, seasonally appropriate clothes. On cooler days, you might want to opt for jeans or sweatpants and a long sleeved shirt. No skirts or dresses.

required equipment for skydiving


Tennis shoes will work  best. No boots, flip flops, sandals, or high heel shoes.

Necessary equipment

The parachutist and the student parachutist must be equipped with:

  • main and spare parachutes that are attached to one system of connections,
  • altimeter,
  • goggles, and
  • head protection.

A parachuting student must be additionally equipped with:

  • hard protective helmet, and
  • parachute machine on a spare parachute.

The connection system used in the classical training mode must enable the performance of the jump with the forced activation of the opening of the main parachute.

required equipment for skydiving

When performing a night jump, the parachutist must be equipped with:

  • a light signal, from the moment of separation from the aircraft until landing, and
  • illuminated or audible altimeter.

A night jump may be performed only if the lower base of the cloud is at least 500 meters above the jump height.

Parachutes intended for performing parachute jumps by type are divided into:

  • main parachutes,
  • spare parachutes, and
  • rescue parachutes.
required equipment for skydiving

Note: Your first jump must be a tandem skydive.
In order to skydive, you must weigh under 230 lb and be 18 years or older.

It is not advisable to skydive if you are pregnant, or have back, limb, or joint injuries. If you have concerns about your ability to participate safely, please consult your doctor!

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Meet our friendly team

At Gateway Skydiving Center our mission is to create a fun and friendly environment. That’s because of 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. They will make sure that you have an unforgettable experience.

Make sure to check out on our team.

A little bit about our history

At some point you might wonder, where did it all begin? Skydiving is in our blood. It all started in 1969.  Exposure to airplanes skydiving and life growing up around airports is hard to explain. Especially to someone that has never been in that type of an environment. While skydiving is considering extreme sport it is actually very peaceful experience.

Most of our skydiving students would say it is not what we expected or it how we imagined it.

Learn more about our history.

The remarkable Carlyle Lake

Carlyle Lake is a 25,000 acres reservoir largely located in Clinton County, Illinois. With smaller portions of the lake within Bond and Fayette counties. It is the largest man-made lake in Illinois, and the largest lake wholly contained within the state.

If you like photography this place is definitely for you. Amazing views and sunrises and sunsets that will blow your mind.

Find out more about Panorama of Carlyle Lake.

Our pricing

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.

Find out all about our pricing here.

Skydiving experiences of this years skydiving season

The Skydiving Season 2021 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!