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