If you've never tried it before, tandem skydiving is a great way to experience the sport for the very first time. At Great Lakes Skydiving, we'll teach you the basics of skydiving. Then, while securely attached to the front of your experienced instructor's harness, you'll make your first jump. The experience consists of up to 60 seconds of freefall, followed by an approximately 7 to 9 minute canopy ride. The entire experience, including training as well as the jump itself, is likely to take around two to three hours. However, in actual practice you should plan on spending approximately half a day at the Great Lakes Skydiving Center.

Upon arriving at the facility, you will first sign the waiver. Then, you'll have the opportunity to meet the tandem master and explore the center. You'll then be fitted for your jumpsuit and will put on your harness. Your experienced instructor will then go over the safety procedures and techniques with you.

Once your training session is complete, you'll get into the plane and fly up to a height of 10,000 to 14,000 feet. You'll be hooked to your tandem master, after which the jump will take place. You'll be traveling approximately 120 mph during approximately 60 seconds of freefall. The ripcord will then be pulled, releasing the parachute at around 5,000 feet. It will take approximately 5 to 7 minutes to drift to the ground. During the decent, you may be able to perform some of your own flips and turns, at the discretion of your instructor. Finally, you'll be back on the ground with a safe landing.


Q: Is there an age limit for skydiving?

A: Yes. You must be 18 years of age to partake in any of our skydiving packages.

Q: Is there a weight limit for skydiving?

A: Yes. The weight limit at our facility is 250 lbs.

Q: Can I get pictures of my skydive?

A: Yes. Still photos and video packages are available upon request.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The cost varies with the type of skydive you make. We offer student, group, and military discounts. All prices are made available through our reservation line at 1-312-757-4454.

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Great job, guys, keep up the great work!
- Mary Jones

Today, I went skydiving with my friend and mother. My instructor Jarred was so nice and friendly, as well as, my videographer Mike! They did a great job and made sure I knew what I was doing. It was just a great experience!
- Jessica

We were very skeptical about jumping at first, even though the safety record is undeniably positive, we did not think that skydiving could be such an enjoyable and safe activity. To say that we were surprised with the day would be an understatement. Our family is still in shock at the experience. We are still feeling the buzz!
- Tom G.