How Much Does Skydiving Certification Cost

Money, money, money: whether we like it or not, most of us have to consider cost before we get involved in new and exciting hobbies. Especially a hobby that requires a bit of an investment like skydiving. How much does skydiving certification cost? It’s going to depend on what your intention is. The answer will be much different if you’re interested in the cost to become a licensed skydiver as opposed to the skydiving certification cost if you have ambitions to become an instructor. Here’s why.

Different Levels of Certification

Across the world, there are several levels of skydiving certification and different skydiving licenses costs. Within the sport of skydiving in the United States, there are four primary skydiving licenses: A, B, C, and D. The skydiving license cost most people have in mind when they begin considering skydiving certification, and subsequently, the one we will discuss most thoroughly, is the “A” license. The “A” License is where everyone starts. It is what indicates to the skydiving world that you have received the appropriate amount of training to be able to jump with other licensed skydivers.

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Skydiving A License Cost

If you’ve already made a tandem skydive and are ready for more, you’ll be pleased to know you’re already on your way to receiving your “A” License. The training progression at WNY Skydiving utilizes two tandem skydiving levels. After progressing through these two levels, your next step will be the First Jump Course and packing class. After the successful completion of this course, you will move into the Accelerated Freefall program (AFF). To help cut down on the skydiving license cost, WNY Skydiving offers a Full AFF Package that includes the First Jump Course, packing class, a logbook, and six jumps for $100 less than the cost of paying each level individually. For a complete skydiving certification cost breakdown, look here.

Once you have graduated from the AFF program, you will enter the skydiving coach program. Your coach jumps help you to develop more advanced freefall skills and maneuvers to prepare you to pass your “A” license check dive, receive your “A” license, and begin jumping with your friends! The $125 cost of each of these coach jumps includes your training, coach fee, gear rental, and of course, the jump!

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What about other skydiving certification costs?

After receiving your “A” License, you can begin to work toward several admirable skydiving goals. You could work toward completing the necessary canopy maneuvers, water training and 50 jumps minimum to obtain your “B” License. (P.s. at many skydiving facilities the “B” license is required to participate in helicopter, biplane and high-altitude skydiving.)

Or, if you aspire to be like one of the coaches that helped you along the way, you could set your sights on attaining the United States Parachute Association Coach Rating. This particular skydiving certification is the first instructional rating a skydiver can earn in the sport of skydiving. If you intend on pursuing further skydiving certification to become an Accelerated Freefall Instructor or a Tandem Skydiving Instructor, you’ll have to start here because a coach rating is required to attend any other instructor rating course.

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Each skydiving certification opens up new and exciting opportunities within the skydiving community. It might take some time and an investment of your funds but receiving your skydiving license is well worth the cost. Want to know more about skydiving certification costs? Feel free to call us today!

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Skydiver?

A few clicks across our website can land you on a page that outlines how much it costs to tandem skydive, but what if you have your sights set a little higher? What if you want to learn to fly solo?

Is learning skydiving an investment? Without a doubt.

Is it worth every penny? You better bet your bottom dollar it is.

Getting into skydiving is going to require an investment of both your time and your money. But, how much? Here’s what you can expect to invest in becoming a skydiver.

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Getting Into Skydiving

Before beginning your Accelerated Freefall student progression, we highly recommend making at least one tandem skydive. Tandem skydiving enables you to have a taste of the skydiving experience without the pressure of having to perform or the onus of being solo. A tandem skydive gives you the chance to see if skydiving is the right fit before you make the financial commitment it takes to learn to skydive.

If you’re already sure skydiving is for you, keep reading for more detail on the different costs of getting into skydiving.

Skydive Certification Cost

We won’t lie: there is a heavy front-end investment in becoming a skydiver. To achieve skydiving certification, you will need to accrue a minimum of 25 skydives.

For this 25 jump skydiving progression, you have two options: pay as you go or pay upfront.

If paid jump by jump, the skydiving certification cost for the 25 skydives is $4766*. For some, taking it bit by bit, level by level, best suits their financial situation.

However, in our humble opinion, it is far more economical to take advantage of our package pricing. If you can pre-pay your 25 jump A license package, you will receive $100 off the package price and ten FREE skydives (including parachute rental). We’ll do the math for you: that’s a $620 value.

Regardless of the path you choose, we think it’s important to celebrate your success. This is why we also offer a graduation bonus! If you complete your entire A License progression with us at Skydive Orange, you’ll receive six free skydives including gear rental. (For the record, that’s a $370 value!)

*We also offer discounts for payments in cash versus payments in credit. A full price breakdown of our AFF program can be found here .

Skydiving Gear Cost

Once you’re a licensed skydiver, you’ll want to begin thinking about getting your very own gear. So, how much does skydiving equipment cost?

Well, honestly, it’s going to depend on which piece of skydiving equipment you’re interested in.

Skydiving GearBrand New Cost
Digital Skydiving Altimeter$300-$400
Automatic Activation Device~$1200
Main Parachute~$2500
Reserve Parachute$1465-$1750

While you may be tempted to try to get everything shiny and new, the sticker shock can be a knockout. Don’t worry: most skydivers have a piecemeal ensemble of new and used items!

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Solo Skydive Cost

At Skydive Orange, we have a bit of a choose your own adventure situation. We offer three different skydiving options. The solo skydive cost will depend on which option you choose. You can skydive on a “low pass” (an altitude of 5,500’) for $23, a full altitude jump (an altitude of 13,500’) for $28, or a high altitude jump (an altitude of 17,500’) for $38.

Reap the Rewards

There’s no denying that becoming a skydiver requires an investment, but, also, like any good investment, skydiving offers a pretty impressive return.

The skydiving journey isn’t the same for everyone. However, nearly every skydiver can attest to the improved level of confidence they attain through the pursuit of their skydiving license and long after as they discover new niches of skydiving to explore. Getting your A License is just the first step. The best part about it all is that you don’t have to “go it alone.” Skydivers are a unique breed. Even after that first jump, you’ll be welcomed into the fold and join a special group set on making the most of every moment.

The rewards are worth every bit of the cost of skydiving. Like we say in skydiving, “To those who jump, no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t, no explanation is possible.”

Give us the chance to show you our world, begin your skydiving adventure today!

How Much Does It Cost to Get Your Skydiving License?

After a few tandem skydiving falls, you might be thinking about jumping on your own. In order to solo skydive, you’ll need to get a formal license, specifically the “A” license from the United States Parachute Association (USPA).

Pursuing a solo skydiving license takes time, effort, and money.

Generally, you can expect to spend more than $3,000 to get your first-level, “A” skydiving license.

In this blog, we’ll break down the specifics of the pricing.


1. Ground School: $150 (or Free)

Before you take to the sky, you’ll learn the basics safely grounded in the dropzone. During this training, you’ll get to know your freefalling equipment, learn safety protocols, understand what a license means, and a whole lot more.

At the conclusion, you’ll be required to take a written test before any jumping is involved.

Here at Chicagoland Skydiving Center, we’re proud to offer certified skydiving classes and licensing as a USPA-affiliated dropzone — and this ground school training is a part of our Freefall University (Freefall U).

For a private lesson by reservation, your ground course will run you $150 per person. We also offer free ground school courses once a month , which you can sign up for online.

With the paid course you are paying for the individualized, one-on-one attention from a jumpmaster instructor, at your discretion, versus attending a free introductory group seminar.

Many opt for the private lesson not only for the added attention but also because our free courses book up fast— and you can’t always get into them if registering late.

2. Training Jumps: Varies

After taking your test and feeling confident about your gear, the in-sky lessons will begin!

Before starting your license-specific training, we’ll require you to complete two training tandem skydives before your first “solo” jump.

During these assisted freefalls, a jumpmaster will be strapped to you, but instead of just enjoying the fall, you’ll be receiving schooling mid-air. You’ll learn about specific maneuvers, monitoring altitude, deploying the parachute and how to land.

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Pricing isn’t always available for these kinds of jumps because other factors impact their availability and demand, such as the availability of an instructor who can help others get their licenses.

Generally speaking, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars per training jump.

3. “A” License Jumps: $3,200+

Once you have the ground exam and two training jumps under your belt, you can pursue your USPA A Skydiving License .

To do that, you’ll need a total of 25 jumps across four categories. Each category also has a minimum number of required jumps to earn your license.

These jumps include:

  • 7 accelerated freefall (AFF) jumps ($1,400)
  • 6 coach jumps ($900)
  • 2 hop n pop jumps ($150)
  • 10+ student solo jumps ($750+)

With these portions of your skydiving license training, that brings the total cost to get your skydiving A License to approximately $3,200+.

Additional Costs

Depending on your journey to get licensed, you may need a handful of additional items to earn your skydiving license. These can include things like recurrency training, which you need if you allow too much time to pass between licensing activities.

Often, these additional costs fall into these categories:

Unlicensed Recurrency Training: $70-$220

The United States Parachute Association wants to make sure you’re staying on top of your training. That’s why they have a policy that if 30+ days pass without jumping mid-training, you’ll be required to enroll in recurrency training.

Here at CSC, there’s a $220 fee for this added training. Like our ground training, you may only pay $70 if you can attend one of our monthly group recurrent training events.

Equipment Rental: Varies

While a part of our License A training program at Freefall U, you will be provided gear to skydive. However, additional gear for rental is available until you are ready to purchase your own equipment and want more.

Don’t forget to factor in the fact that once you have your skydiving license, purchasing your own freefalling gear will come with its own costs.

USPA Annual Membership Fee

In order to be a member of the United States Parachute Association, you will be required to pay an annual membership fee .

You can choose to pay a lifetime membership fee of $2,500 to retain membership forever. You can also opt to pay $78 per year or $66 per year on a recurring basis.

The USPA includes other opportunities with corresponding fees as well, any of which you may want to purchase depending on what you want from the USPA.

Ready to Start Freefall University?

If you’re eager to start pursuing your dream, there’s no better time to start than now. And we honestly think there’s no better place to learn near Chicago than here at CSC.

Sign up for Freefall U today!

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Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith is CEO/President, and Guest Relations Associate at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. He has owned and operated the business since 2000. He has been skydiving since 1994, and in addition to leading the CSC Team, is currently an instructor, videographer and pilot for CSC.

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