If you’ve landed on this blog post, it’s likely you’ve been doing some serious daydreaming! You want to become a skydiver! Welcome to the club! Our owner and team all started where you are right now and we’re happy to say that it’s completely possible to realize your dreams even if you don’t consider yourself an adrenaline junkie (you don’t have to be). Skydiving is all about fun, empowerment, joy and peace and it’s why we became licensed skydivers ourselves – feeling good, feels good!
There’s a lot to know about how to become a certified skydiver, and our goal is to simplify the understanding of this process as it can be information overload. Becoming a certified skydiver involves five distinct phases:
Let’s begin with the strange acronym that you’ll see over and over again related to becoming a certified skydiver – AFF.
AFF is an acronym for ‘Accelerated Free Fall.’ Accelerated Free Fall is the most modern form of skydiver training allowing new skydivers to exit an aircraft between 10,000′ and 14,000′, free falling to 4,000′ and requiring the student to deploy their own parachute.
Prior to AFF, the most common training method was known as ‘Static Line.” The static line method involved a low altitude exit between 3,000′ and 4,000’. Upon exiting, a static line connected to the aircraft and the jumper’s main parachute would open the parachute immediately, resulting in no free fall for the student.
This way of teaching is less expensive, but takes much longer to progress to free fall and is why AFF is so advantageous. The AFF method accelerates the process to experience free fall from jump number one, hence the strangely long term.
To be a certified skydiver means to get a skydiving license. In skydiving, there are four skydiving licenses to achieve: A, B, C and D. The goal of a skydiving student is to attain the A license.
No. The AFF course teaches an individual the foundational skills to skydive solo in seven jumps. Thereafter, additional skills need to be acquired to earn an A license and be deemed a certified or “licensed skydiver.”
Earning an A license requires an individual to:
To summarize the journey from daydream to licensure, the process can be broken down to five distinct phases:
There is no black and white answer because it depends on multiple variables – namely the weather and your time commitment. If the weather is favorable and you have the ability to be at the DZ as much as possible, then the program can be completed in as little as four weeks.
It’s important to note that at least one skydive must be made every 30 days in order to stay current and avoid the need to repeat the last completed AFF level. If you’ve completed the AFF program, but haven’t jumped within 30 days, you’ll be required to hire a coach to make a recurrency jump.
Patience – This isn’t a fast process because weather is likely to cause delays. Don’t fight it – this is part of the skydiving journey. Remember, it’s about having fun and soaking up knowledge!
Planning – Learning to skydive is an expensive undertaking, so budget accordingly.
Being Scared is Okay – You’ll have many mental battles as you swing from “I really want to do this!” to “Am I completely crazy?” We’ve all been there and it’s part of the process. Anything that challenges you will cause you to doubt whether it’s training for a marathon to jumping out of planes!
No, you do not need to own your own skydiving equipment while becoming a licensed skydiver. The dropzone will supply you with your gear. In skydiving, it’s not recommended that you buy your equipment until after you’ve got your license.
At that point, it’s advised to only buy used gear until your skills advance because you’ll soon outgrow your skills-specific gear in a short time!
Many of today’s world champion skydivers started without enough resources to learn! The good news is there are many tasks needed to be done at a dropzone that can be done as trade. These tasks are usually associated with:
|Learning to Skydive||Costs|
|Solo Jumps to Jump 25 (approximation)||$1,600|
|USPA License Fee||$36|
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