How to Become a Certified Skydiver

How to Become a Certified Skydiver

Skydiving can be both exhilarating and scary (in a good way!), and falling through the air solo is pure, adrenaline-pumping excitement. However, before you can take the leap on your own, you must become a certified skydiver and while that can take a little bit of time, we guarantee you’ll have a ton of fun along the way!

First, we recommend going on a tandem jump to see if skydiving is for you. In a tandem dive, you are attached to an instructor and free fall about 13, 000 feet. During this first jump course, you will receive about a half hour of training on safety procedures, hand signals and use of the appropriate equipment.

Once you decide that you want to continue on to become a United States Parachute Association (USPA) licensed diver, the next step is to sign up for an Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) course. This course requires about four to six hours of ground training that includes how to properly exit the plane and practicing the correct body positions.

There are typically eight different skill categories in the AFF course. Early levels include free falls with instructors while advanced levels include one instructor and the execution of many maneuvers, such as backflips, 360 degree turns, and front flips. Your final jump will be where the excitement comes in!

That’s right – no instructor attachment and the opportunity to show off everything you have learned. 25 jumps must be completed in order to receive your USPA license, but once you’ve managed to complete all jumps, you will finally earn your USPA A license, allowing you to skydive at most drop zones in the United States.

Take the life-changing plunge. Earn your USPA license and “jump” with the big dogs!


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