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Get Your Skydiving License

You did a tandem and  your head is still in the clouds? It may be worth considering taking the next steps to getting licensed in skydiving.

There are four different skydiving licenses one can obtain, ranked A through D. Skydivers start with an “A” license and progress through the sport. With each ranking you receive, there are even more opportunities for awesome skydiving adventures.

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Skydiving A License

A license is the first license a new skydiver achieves.

Persons holding a USPA A license may jump without supervision, pack their own main parachute, engage in basic group jumps, perform water jumps, and must have—

  • Minimum of 25 jumps

  • Complete all requirements laid out by the USPA A License Proficiency Card

  • Complete at least five skydives with one or more people

  • Pass the USPA written and oral exams

  • Have their skydiving license stamped by the USPA

Skydiving B License

The next level of skydiving license is the skydiving B license. This level is achieved by skydivers who have completed a minimum of 50 skydives. B license skydivers have proven a basic level of experience in jumping unsupervised and with others. Persons holding a USPA B license are able to exercise all privileges of an A-license holder, perform night jumps, with 100 jumps are eligible for the USPA Coach Rating, and must have—

  • Met all current requirements for or hold a USPA A license

  • Completed 50 jumps including:

  • Accumulated at least 30 minutes of controlled freefall time

  • Landed within 33 feet of target center on ten jumps

  • Successful completion of the planned formation(s) on ten formation skydives, or ten formation freefly skydives, at least five of which, in either discipline, must involve at least three participants

  • Documentation of live water landing training with full equipment in accordance with the procedures in the Skydiver's Information Manual

  • Complete all of the requirements listed on the USPA Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card

  • Passed the written USPA B license exam

Skydiving C License

Persons holding a USPA C license are able to exercise all privileges of a B-license holder, are eligible for the USPA Instructor rating (except USPA Tandem Instructor), participate in certain demonstration jumps, may ride as passenger on USPA Tandem Instructor training and rating renewal jumps, and must have—

  • Met all current requirements for or hold a USPA B license

  • Completed 200 jumps, including accumulating at least 60 minutes of controlled freefall time

  • Landed within seven feet of target center on 25 jumps

  • Successful completion of fifty formation skydives, or fifty formation freefly skydives, at least ten of which, in either discipline, must involve at least four participants

  • Passed the written  USPA C license exam

Skydiving D License

Persons holding a USPA D license are able to exercise all privileges of a C-license holder, are eligible for all USPA ratings, and must have—

  • Met all current requirements for or hold a USPA C license

  • Completed 500 jumps including accumulating at least three hours of controlled freefall time

  • Completed at least two of the following skills requirements (a requirement may be repeated):

    • Night jump (following the SIM recommendations)

    • Landed within seven feet of the target center on 100 jumps.

    • Participated in a canopy formation of a 3 stack or larger, completing a full rotation.

    • Completed an intentional water jump.

    • Successful completion of one hundred formation skydives, at least twenty-five of which must involve at least eight participants.

  • Passed the written USPA D license exam

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