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Top 6 Skydiving Bucket List Ideas


Wisconsin Skydiving Center Posted by: Wisconsin Skydiving Center 1 year ago

Is skydiving a bucket list item for you? If you said yes (we hope you did!), how about creating a skydiving bucket list? There are plenty of things you can do while skydiving that go above and beyond just jumping out of an airplane! Most people think of skydiving as simply falling through the air. But jumpers actually have the ability to incorporate all sorts of different excitement into their flying. As if jumping out of an airplane isn’t exciting enough! 

So, what’s stopping you? Wondering if skydiving is worth the risk? Safety is actually the number one concern in skydiving. Even with all of the fun we have, risk mitigation is at the core of everything we do. Take a look at these bucket list items for some safety-first ideas of ways to have fun in the sky!

Top Skydiving Bucket List Ideas at Wisconsin Skydiving Center

1. Make Your First Tandem

First things first – just getting out of an airplane for the first time can be enough for any bucket list! If you’ve never felt the 120 mph wind of freefall on your face, doing a tandem skydive is an A+ experience! 

Most professional skydivers started in exactly the same spot: strapped to an instructor, completely unaware of the life-changing step they were about to take! Doing a tandem is a great way to get an idea of what skydiving is like without taking on all of the training and responsibility. Sure, you’ll be an active participant even during a tandem skydive. But you’ll also have your instructor there to do the heavy lifting. It’s a win-win situation! 

If you’re nervous about that first jump, you might be wondering, how rare is a skydiving death? The odds of dying during a tandem skydive are 0.0002%. Translation: your jump is statistically less risky than your drive to the airport!

Man giving rock on signs while skydiving down at Wisconsin Skydiving Center near Chicago

2. Get Video of You Skydiving

In this world of likes and shares, did it even happen if there isn’t video? Of course it did! But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth documenting your experience. After all, you only get to do your first skydive once. Having pictures or video of your skydive means you’ll have the chance to relive that amazing day over and over as many times as you want to. Even experienced jumpers love having videos of their skydives. There’s nothing wrong with a little proof of how cool you are! 

You might be wondering, can I hold my phone while skydiving? Why go through the trouble of buying a media package when you can just record the jump yourself? There are actually very strict rules around the use of recording devices that are set by the United States Parachute Association. Skydivers aren’t allowed to take cameras on jumps until they’ve logged 200 skydives! Besides, it’d be awfully hard to hang onto a cell phone in 120 mph wind, let alone focus on actually enjoying the jump. It’s better to leave the cinematography to the pros!

emmycoop gives thumbs up before taking off for a skydive at Wisconsin Skydiving Center near Milwaukee

3. Write a Message on Your Hands

A fun way to get creative with your skydive is to display a message thousands of feet above the ground. It’s kind of like being a human version of those planes that tow advertisements – except your message will be way cooler. Maybe you’re jumping to celebrate a milestone. Or perhaps your mom didn’t know you made plans to jump out of an airplane and this is how you’re telling her (good luck with that!). No matter the message you’re trying to get across, you can write those words on your hands or your forearms and flash them to the camera for all to see!

Girl tandem skydiving with take chances written on her hands at Wisconsin Skydiving Center near Chicago

4.Jump in a Fun Costume

Why not bring some silly to the skydive!? As long as your outfit is appropriate to skydive in, feel free to get as creative as you want! We’ve seen it all, from unicorn onesies and leotards to custom-made outfits. Dress as your favorite TV character, or go for a theme! Skydiving in a costume can bring the experience to the next level and lighten the mood. Jumping from an airplane is about having fun! That doesn’t have to apply to just the activity itself. We want to see your personality! 

Whatever floats your boat … or flies your plane … is good with us!

Skydiver Sarah Dillman in a pig costume

5. Jump With Your Pals

What’s better than skydiving? Skydiving with friends! Bringing your favorite people with you on the day of your jump will make the whole thing even more fun. Friends are a great source of support in an intense situation – and, real talk, skydiving can be kinda scary! The people who know you best can help you deal with your anxiety in ways only they know how. And the bond you’ll all feel afterward will be unmatched! (Bonus: you can laugh together about the ridiculous things the wind does to faces in freefall!) 

Bringing a group can even save you some money! Group discounts make the experience more affordable for all – the more the merrier. Besides, how else are you going to get that money back that they owe you?

Group of people during the perfect outdoor team building activity - Wisconsin Skydiving Center near Milwaukee

6. Get Your Skydiving License

Last, but certainly not least, is to get your very own skydiving license! Once you’ve made that first jump, you’re going to see exactly what all the hubbub is about. Each and every skydiver you’ll see at the dropzone went through the licensing process. 

Most likely, they landed from their tandem and realized they never wanted the ride to stop! Enrolling in a student program and getting a skydiving license is a life-changing experience much the same way that doing a first tandem is. It opens you up to a different culture, a whole new community, lots of new friends, and a renewed perspective on life.

Bonus Ideas: Shenanigans!

Once you’re licensed to go solo, not even the sky’s the limit on what shows up on a skydiver’s bucket list! Take a gander at these interesting to-dos and ask your Sky Fam if something in particular catches your eye – chances are they’ll know all about it!

  • Hula Hoop Jump
  • Mr. Potato Head Jump
  • Balloon Jump
  • Helicopter Skydive
  • HALO Skydive
  • Night Jump
  • Biplane Skydive
  • Beach Landing
  • Demo Jump

Have a skydiving bucket list of your own? Come jump with us! We can’t wait to support you while you get some of those good-good goals crossed off. Blue skies!