Frequent question: How do I get certified to skydive?

To earn a skydiving license, you’ll need to complete four steps: doing a “taster” tandem, completing your AFF course, performing some solo jumps and making a personal commitment to continuing education. Great news: You can usually knock out that skydiving license in just twenty-five jumps.

How much does it cost to be a certified skydiver?

In order to solo skydive, you’ll need to get a formal license, specifically the “A” license from the United States Parachute Association (USPA). Pursuing a solo skydiving license takes time, effort, and money. Generally, you can expect to spend more than $3,000 to get your first-level, “A” skydiving license.

How long does it take to become a certified skydiver?

How long does it take to complete your skydiving training? There is no standard timing since every student takes it at their own pace. You can get your license in as little as two weeks if you jump every day. USPA requires that you make at least one jump every 30 days to stay current.

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How can I skydive without an instructor?

YOU CAN SKYDIVE WITH YOUR OWN PARACHUTE (BUT ACCOMPANIED BY TWO PROFESSIONALS) – CALLED AFF SKYDIVING. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to jump with a tandem instructor for your first skydive. You can choose option #2, which is to make your first skydive wearing your very own parachute!

Do you tip your skydiving instructor?

If you have an absolutely, mind blowing, ahhhmazing experience with your tandem instructor and talented one-man video production expert, a cash tip of up to 20% for each is a great way to show your appreciation. Though we want it to be known, a skydiving tip can be more than a cash transaction.

Do you need to be certified to skydive alone?

They go through rigorous levels of schooling and application to earn higher and higher ranks of skydiving status. There are four tiers of skydiving licensing, including skydiving A through D licenses, each with more advanced instruction. Good news though. For you to go solo, you’ll only need a skydiving A license.

How many jumps does it take to get certified in skydiving?

The syllabus works through a series of jumps in eight categories (A-H), each of which works toward the 25 jumps that are required in order to earn the USPA’s initial “A” skydiving license. To graduate and nail that license, you must complete 25 freefall jumps, and 19 minutes of freefall time.

How do I become a certified skydiver instructor?

In order to become a tandem skydiving instructor, you will need to accrue 500 skydives, attend a tandem training course approved by the United States Parachute Association, obtain a USPA D- License, have 3 years in the sport, secure an FAA Class III Medical, and as mentioned above, obtain a USPA Coach Rating.

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What is skydiver called?

skydiving, also called parachuting, use of a parachute—for either recreational or competitive purposes—to slow a diver’s descent to the ground after jumping from an airplane or other high place.

How often do parachutes fail?

Parachute Malfunction Statistics

Per every 1,000 skydives, only one skydiving parachute malfunction is said to occur. This means only . 01% of skydiving parachutes will experience a malfunction. The chances are very slim you’ll ever be faced with a skydiving parachute malfunction on your skydive.

How many times can you skydive in a day?

More commonly, the average weekend warrior makes 4-6 skydives on a relaxed jump day, packing for him or herself; while competitive teams on a training day will pay a packer and make 10-16 jumps.

What are the chances of dying while skydiving?

According to the most recent data gathered by the United States Parachute Association, of the 3.3 million skydives that were completed, there were 15 skydiving fatalities. Based on this data, that is a 0.00045% chance of dying on a skydive. The statistics for dying on a tandem skydive are even less.

How much do you tip a skydiver?

Officially, it’s like this: Tipping is always appreciated, but it’s never expected. To be specific: If you loved your skydive, a 20% cash tip for your hardworking tandem instructor and hawk-eyed videographer would send them doing gleeful cartwheels across the packing area and probably earn you a friend for life.

How many skydiving accidents are there a year?

Fatalities Per Total Jumps

Year Skydiving Fatalities in U.S. Estimated Annual Jumps
2019 15 3.3 million
2018 13 3.3 million
2017 24 3.2 million
2016 21 3.2 million
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