SkyDiving As a Career!!

By the time you have about 100 jumps you have probably decided what it is about skydiving that attracts you. This may change over the years (being able to follow new interests is one of the things that keeps people in skydiving) but for some jumpers the idea that you can work to gain different qualifications that may let you work as a professional skydiver/rigger is a real attraction.

Many jumpers start by earning qualifications that will let you pack a student’s parachute (Packer “B”), or even reserve parachutes (Packer “A”), or fly with a camera/video to record student’s jumps.

You can start a long career as a parachute instructor or tandem master by building up the qualifications you need and learning the depth of sport knowledge necessary. Remember, all those jumpers you see running around every week organising everything did a first jump once. Everybody started as a student.

If this attracts you, start by talking to the jumpers doing it at your DZ – you will find a lot of support. Talk to instructors and your Chief Instructor, these are the people who can help you most. They will probably warn you that it is a lot of work, but it is worth it.

Study as much available information as you can.


Skydivers must first earn their A license. The minimum jump requirement to achieving a skydiving license is 25 jumps. This can be via either a TDS (tandem direct supervision) or an AFF (accelerated free fall course).

Skydiving certification courses involve a day of ground school. You then progress through a series of instructed jumps, known as levels, skydiving solo but accompanied by an instructor in free fall.

After your levels, you continue skydiving solo to accumulate 25 jumps for your A licence. During these jumps, you prove a range of skydiving safety skills to complete you A licence proficiency card. An instructor or coach teaches you these skills.

  • Skydive: Get Your Skydiving License. …
  • 25 Skydives: You’ve Got Your Skydiving License, Build Your Skills. …
  • 100 Skydives: Get Your Coach Rating. …
  • 200 Skydives: Become a Skydiving Photographer. …
  • 500 Skydives: Get Your AFF Instructor Rating. …
  • 500 Skydives: Get Your Tandem Instructor Rating.

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