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.)

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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.

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!

Skydiving License and Certification Costs

Skydiving is an incredible activity for many. However, few people understand the complexities of the industry that make up this growing sport. What does it take to become a certified skydiver? What happens beyond getting licensed? Let’s explore the wonderful and exciting journey that skydiving has to offer.

Is a Skydiving License Worth It?

If you’re not the adventure-seeking kind or dream of flying your body through the sky like Super Man or Peter Pan, then the idea of jumping from a plane may terrify you – not to mention jumping solo which begs the question of whether or not a skydiving license is worth it. Even so, some people have an incredible fear but have the tenacity to conquer it by accomplishing a task as big as earning a solo skydiving license.

“Life begins on the other side of your comfort zone.”

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How Is Skydiving Regulated?

Skydive operations have the option to opt into the only national skydiving organization recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration called the United States Parachute Association [USPA]. Part of what USPA does is set standards for training, licensing, and progression in the sport. We here at Skydive Monroe have opted in and are what’s called a USPA Group Member and follow a program called Accelerated Freefall [AFF] that uses the skill requirement outlined by USPA for the first basic certification called the A License.

What Does it Take to Get Licensed?

Every skydiving center has the freedom to tailor its student training programs which leads to a lot of variances between each place. At Skydive Monroe, you can choose to begin your solo skydiving journey with a tandem OR by doing the first AFF Solo after the appropriate training. Here’s a snapshot of the AFF progression to certification:

  • 6 Hour Ground School
  • 7 Levels of AFF
  • Coach Jumps or Solo
  • Complete 25 jumps
  • Complete certain in air freefall skills
  • Complete canopy flight and landing skills
  • Complete an A-license exam

Cost to Getting Skydiving License

Let’s just start here: skydiving isn’t a cheap sport! With the rising prices of fuel, the cost of equipment and maintaining it, and paying qualified instructors, we’re not sure you want to go somewhere cheap!

W e’ll be upfront and break down the costs to get a skydiving license:

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To earn the 25 jumps you may jump with a coach to have certain requirements completed on your USPA A-license proficiency card. Otherwise, you may jump solo. Here’s an example of what the path may look like:

5 Coach JumpsIncludes Coach & Gear Rental$390
13 Solo JumpsIncludes Slot + Gear Rental$624

*Note: This is an example since everyone’s progression varies. Some may need more time to complete a category and prices may vary upon booking. The total approximate cost to earn your skydiving license at Skydive Monroe is $2,833.

What Happens After AFF

We’re glad you asked! In fact, there’s an amazing world that opens up after AFF, including your A, B, C, and D licenses. To put it simply, after AFF, the entire sky is waiting for you. Don’t disappoint!

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Are you ready to begin your skydiving journey and get certified!? We’re ready to welcome you to this amazing adventure! Contact Skydive Monroe today to book!

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.

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.

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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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