The MIT Skydiving Club provides opportunities for members of the MIT community to get involved with skydiving and promotes the sport on campus. The MIT Skydiving Club was founded in 1957 and is actually one of the oldest university skydiving clubs in the United States.

The purpose of the club is three-fold:

  • Provide a network for experience skydivers to meet each other, jump with each other, and compete for MIT
  • Mentor beginner skydivers through completing their license requirements and encourage their further participation in the sport
  • Facilitate members of the MIT community in making their first tandem skydive.

Club membership is open to all MIT students, staff, faculty, and affiliates, as well as to members of the Cambridge and Boston community.

The MIT Skydiving Club jumps at Skydive Pepperell located in Pepperell, MA and Jumptown in Orange, MA.

Club Officers

Tristan Honscheid


Tristan Honscheid

Course 6

Tristan received his A license during the summer of 2015 and became club President and Treasurer in 2016. He studies electrical engineering and computer science.

Swati V.

Gear and Sponsorships

Swati Varshney

C-41978, BPA B-109273
Course 3 (G-4)

Swati has been skydiving for five years now, and has close to 300 jumps! She started her AFF at Skydive Pepperell, flew with the Cambridge University Skydiving Team in the UK, and then continued skydiving with the MIT Skydiving Club at Pepperell and Jumptown ever since. Swati is also a Big Sis in the Sisters in Skydiving program. Swati is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering where her research focuses on the design of biomimetic, flexible body armor.

Josh S.



Joshua Sloane

Course 6

Joshua has been jumping for two years and has over 100 jumps. He started jumping through the MIT skydiving club and was instantly addicted. Josh is still trying out different things, but he has his eye on wingsuiting once he's more experienced. Josh is currently an undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering.

Aerial photo credits: Casey Tylek, Arya Tafvizi