Tandem is a popular training method for Skydiving in Missouri. Although you can jump solo the first time!

Ready to take the leap? Your Skydive Missouri tandem instructor will be with you every step of the way. From climbing into the airplane to stepping out the door, and landing back at the airport, we’re here for you. This is a great way to experience skydiving in Missouri, attached to an experienced and certified tandem instructor. Visit our Tandem Skydiving page for more information.


You can go skydiving in Missouri solo on your first jump.

Are you the type of person that says, “This is something I want to do by myself”? You can skydive by yourself the first time, or this might be your next step after a tandem jump. Some people just have to do things for themselves. At Skydive Missouri the solo training program is designed around getting your license. It takes 25 jumps to get your license. The first jump sets a foundation and we progress from there. We want to share this exciting adventure with people. We want to share this exciting adventure with people. When you arrive you’ll become part of the Skydive Missouri family. Once you have your license jumps are cheaper and you can travel to other skydiving centers across the US. All jumpers will need to be 18 or over and weigh less than 230 lbs. There are a couple of different solo training options available.

Choose your path and start your skydive training by Skydiving in Missouri

You don’t have to start your skydive training with a specific goal in mind. It’s always fun to jump out of an airplane. Although there are many different styles of skydiving you can learn. Once you get past the initial skydiving license you’ll start increasing your jump numbers. With your license and own gear, jumps are about $27. You can even become a full-time professional skydiving instructor and teach others. Book Now

Skydive Missouri Training Instructor

Skydive Training Instructors are in demand across the US and all around the world. Becoming a skydive training instructor can give you the opportunity to make money skydiving. This is a great opportunity for people who don’t like to sit behind a desk. There are several levels of skydive training instructors. The initial level is a “Coach” rating. Once you have 100 jumps you can attend a rating course to become a Coach. The more advanced levels require more jumps. If you aren’t interested in teaching, BASE jumping is probably the most extreme extension of skydiving. Book Now

Skydiving in Missouri on a tandem jump near Springfield

Skydive Training into BASE Jumping

Starting skydive training and getting your skydiving license can prepare you to learn BASE jumping. The BASE acronym stands for Building, Antenna, Span (bridge), and Earth. You achieve a BASE number when you have jumped from each one. The two most critical aspects of BASE jumping are body position and canopy control. That is the ability to control your parachute and land exactly where you want. Often times the landing area for a BASE jump is small. We start skydive training focusing on exactly those two things. If we know you are interested in BASE jumping we can work specifically on parachute landing accuracy after you get your initial skydiving license. Most BASE jump schools require that you have 200 skydives first. BASE jumping can also be done in a wingsuit to cover more distance and for proximity flying (low to the ground). Book Now

Skydive Training into Wingsuiting

People who have done wingsuit skydive training say it’s like turning your body into an airplane. Instead of just falling you can fly, turn, dive, and carve through the air like an airplane. Because of all the additional material you have a lot more control over the wind. There are different sizes of wingsuits. You’ll starting wingsuit training with a small wing and progress up in size as you gain more control. Most wingsuit schools require that you have 150 skydives first. Some of the jumps that are the most fun are demonstration or flag jumps. Book Now

Demonstration Skydiving

Skydiving in front of a crowd at a college or professional football game is very exciting. Like becoming an instructor, there are multiple levels of demonstration jumps. Demonstration jumps include flag jumps, jumping smoke, landing in a stadium, landing with the game football, etc. Once you have 100 jumps you can start practicing jumping with flags and smoke. 200 jumps are required to start jumping into demonstrations. Smaller and more confined landing areas require more jumps. Skydiving training is a lot of fun and is the starting point for all of these paths. Book Now

Skydiving in Missouri Solo Training Methods

There are several different training methods available. We offer Static-Line (IAD), Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) and Tandem Progression. This video explains the differences between the training options. You can also switch between methods to see what works best for you.

Skydiving in Missouri Static-Line (IAD)

Static-Line (IAD) training is the least expensive and you can still get your skydiving license in 25 jumps. As you leave the airplane from 4,000 feet your instructor deploys your parachute. You will learn to deploy your own parachute and increase altitude in the following jumps, up to full altitude.
Pros: Least expensive training method.
Cons: You don’t get freefall from full altitude in the first several jumps.

Skydiving in Missouri Accelerated FreeFall (AFF)

Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) takes you to full altitude on your first jump with two instructors holding on to you. This adds to the tasks you need to do in the air. You’ll have freefall skills and canopy skills to do all in the same jump.
Pros: You get full altitude freefall on the first jump.
Cons: Most expensive training option.

Skydiving in Missouri Tandem Progression

Tandem Progression takes you to full altitude on your first jump. With this method, you are attached to the instructor for 3-4 jumps. After that, you will be jumping solo with one instructor from full altitude. This method allows you to jump a few times with an instructor before going by yourself. Visit our Skydive Missouri Tandem page to sign up for the first tandem jump.
Pros: You are attached to an instructor the first few jumps and you get full altitude.
Cons: Since you are attached to an instructor you aren’t actually solo the first few jumps.

Solo Skydiving License Progression

No matter which method of skydive training you select the 25 jumps cover the same topics. Each jump includes training on Exit, Freefall, Canopy Flight, Equipment, Emergency Procedures, Rules/Regulations, Spotting, and Aircraft. As you progress in your jumps we cover new information on each topic.

Exit

There are several different ways to exit an aircraft. Each aircraft is a little different. The door size, exit speed, type of jump all play a factor in which type of exit is best. We’ll make sure you are comfortable with different types of exits. Different aircraft are used for skydiving in Missouri. The type of aircraft can change your exit position.

Freefall

Freefall skills start with simply getting stable while falling straight down. A stable freefall position improves the chances of clean parachute deployment. Then we add turns and speed adjustment (falling slower/faster). By the end of the 25 jumps, you’ll be doing front flips, backflips, and barrel rolls as you skydive in Missouri.

Canopy Flight

Accurate canopy control is a skill that takes a lot of jumps to master. At first, your goal will be to land anywhere in a large field. As you get more jumps, your target will get smaller and smaller until you are landing in a 30-foot radius circle. Don’t forget to take in the amazing view under canopy as you skydive over Missouri.

Equipment

On your first jump, it’s important to understand how a parachute is deployed and how to operate the handles. During training, we’ll cover packing, maintenance, and gear selection. As you get closer to having your license we’ll assist you with buying your gear.

Emergency Procedures

On your first jump we cover all of the emergency procedures thoroughly. You’ll be able to identify a malfunction and respond accordingly.

Rules/Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversees all aviation in the US. The FAA recognizes the United States Parachute Association (USPA) as a governing body. It will be important to understand the rules and regulations for skydiving.

Spotting

Spotting an aircraft means deciding where to leave the airplane so that you land back at the airport after your jump. This is more of an art. Winds can change during the day and at different altitudes. A “spot” that worked on the last jump may not get you back to the airport on the next jump. Otherwise your skydive in Missouri could turn into a hiking adventure as well.

Now that you have your solo skydiving license

Once you have your license jumps get cheaper and you can jump at skydiving centers across the US. There are four levels of skydiving licenses. You can get your A-License at 25 jumps. It takes 50 jumps to get your B-License, 200 for your C-License, and 500 for your D-License. Each license gives you more privileges. Come join the fun of skydiving in Missouri!