Easter Weekend at Skydive Chicago

Thanks to all who came out to the Easter Egg Hunt and shared Easter weekend with us here at Skydive Chicago!

Take a peek at the photos from the weekend that Chris Goeller from Gearless Chris Productions submitted.

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Take a peek at the photos from the weekend that Chris Goeller from Gearless Chris Productions submitted.

Give The Gift of Human Flight!

Do you remember how it felt when you overcame your fear and how awesome of an experience it was?  Would you like to give that experience to someone else and share the memories with them?

Now you can…

This April, Skydive Chicago has teamed up with The Freefall Foundation to give away a FREE tandem skydive and FREE video package to two different individuals who want to skydive but simply can’t afford the cost of skydiving.

Simply click on this link and visit The Freefall Foundation’s website.  Tell us why your friend or family member should go on a free tandem skydive.  Tell us who would benefit from the dream and exhilaration of skydiving.  While we would like everyone to be able to skydive for free, this free skydive and video package is focused on those who do not have the funds necessary to pay for the experience.

Nominate your friend or family member today to share the experience of human flight and change a life by opening it up to the possibilities that can shape their future.  Click here to get started now!

The Freefall Foundation was created to provide people who have wanted to skydive or want to overcome obstacles in their life but simply do not have the means to actually go skydive.  They had a a simple dream to share the sky with those who can’t afford it. They did this because skydiving allowed them to realize the amazing potential of the the sport that enriched their lives and turned the edges of life, that were once feared, into the wonderful balconies of life that they enjoy every day in the sky.

Skydive Chicago is partnering with The Freefall Foundation in 2017 to help deliver the dream of skydiving to those in the Greater Chicagoland Area and surrounding communities for those who want to skydive but cannot muster the means to chase their dreams.  Just like The Freefall Foundation, Skydive Chicago believes everyone should feel the experience of skydiving.  In fact, that is Skydive Chicago’s goal for all who walk through their doors and into their skies.  The family and staff at Skydive Chicago live, work, and play in the world of skydiving because they believe in the freedom, family, and experiences that motivate them to push their boundaries to grow as skydivers and people as they return year after year to continue to give that gift to all who want to be a part of the experience.

April 2017 Newsletter

The weather is starting to break and jumping is in the air!  Take a peek at the latest happenings out at Skydive Chicago and come jump with us and feel the experience of skydiving!

Read the full newsletter here: https://t.e2ma.net/message/ziv6m/nxa31i

Training to be the fastest man in the world

GoSkydive tandem skydive instructor Max Hurd has a passion for speed, freefall speed. Developed just 18 years ago, speed skydiving is the fastest non-motorized sport on Earth with the current world champion achieving a competition speed of 601.26 kmh. Currently ranked 6th in the world and 3rd in the UK, Max has a personal best competition speed of 522.92 kmh (324 mph).

Max has been speed skydiving for just 4 years and in that time has improved his speed by almost 200 kmh. So with a few practice jumps, around 100 this year,  we’re hoping Max can smash the UK record (531.9 kmh) in August of this year and the World Championship in October 2018. Speed Skydiving World Rankings

So how is the speed measured? Max exists the plane at 4000 metres and enters the recording zone at 2500 metres, he exists the zone at 1700 metres. His speed between these two points is calculated from air pressure and time data measurements captured on two barometric devices attached to his rig. Max deploys his canopy at 700 metres. During his last competition dive Max entered the recording zone at 400 kmh, his speed peaked 522.92 kmh at an altitude of 1800 metres  – this gave him an average of 506.15kmh.

GoSkydive is sponsoring Max so he will be doing all 100 of his practice jumps at the GoSkydive dropzone in Salisbury. Whilst all of Max’s jumps will be done outside of customer jump times, Max is a highly experienced tandem skydive instructor and will be appearing on the dropzone throughout the year as a special guest tandem instructor jumping with customers from the UK’s highest jump altitude of 15,000ft.

Pictured is Max jumping with tandem skydive student Charlotte. Charlotte is jumping from 15,000ft in aid of the charity Chestnut Tree House. By comparison to the speeds Max skydives at solo, tandem skydive customers can expect to reach speeds of 125mph during freefall.

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