You can actually go Solo Skydiving the first time. You don’t have to do a tandem skydive first.
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. 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 give you a view into our world. When you arrive you’ll become part of our skydiving family. Once you have your license jumps are cheaper and you can travel to other skydiving center across the US. All jumpers will need to be 18 or over and weigh less than 230lbs. There are a couple different solo training options available.
Solo Skydiving Training Methods
There are three different training methods available. We focus on Static-Line(IAD) but we also offer Accelerated FreeFall(AFF) and Tandem Progress. This video explains the differences between the training options.
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.
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 can full altitude freefall on the first jump.
Cons: Most expensive training option.
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. This method allows you to jump a few times with an instructor before going by yourself. Visit our Tandem Skydiving 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 solo 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 and each aircraft is a little different. 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 doing different types of exits.
Freefall skills start with simply getting stable falling straight down. A stable freefall position improves chances of a clean parachute deployment. Then we add turns and speed adjustment (falling slow/fast). By the end of the 25 jumps you’ll be doing front flips, back flips, and barrel rolls.
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.
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 with buying your own 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 import 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.
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.