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.


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Swati Varshney with her parachute

Swati Varshney (BPA B-109273)

Graduate Student, DMSE, MIT
svarsh19 AT mit DOT edu

Swati is a B-licensed skydiver with close to 100 jumps. She has skydived for two years as a formation belly flier and recently started freeflying. Swati started her AFF training at Skydive Pepperell before defecting to UK Parachuting (Sibson Airfield) for a year abroad training with the Cambridge University Skydiving Society and the British Parachuting Association. She’s happy to be back. Swati is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering where her research focuses on the design of flexible body armor.

Andrew Horning hanging out in a sit

Andrew Horning (USPA B-36221, C-40259)

Vice President, Treasurer
Graduate Student, Chemistry, MIT
ahorning AT mit DOT edu

Andrew is a C-licensed skydiver with over 250 skydives. He learned to skydive while an undergrad in Southern California, jumping primarily at Skydive Elsinore, and has had a license for over 8 years. He tends to prefer things fast and vertical, and quickly moved towards freeflying, although he does admit to participating in (and even enjoying) the occasional RW jump. Andrew is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Chemistry, looking at the fundamental signatures of proton transfer, hydrogen bonding, and fast atomic motion with laser spectroscopy and computational methods.