REPEAT SKYDIVE - CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
8:00 AM weekend AFF start
Congratulations on making your first jump at Skydive Orange!
So, whatís next?
Skydive Orange follows the United States Parachute Association (USPA) Integrated Student Program (ISP). If you want to know more about USPA (and as you progress, you will be required to join the association).
you made a Tandem skydive, then you will probably want to continue AFF. Contact us to
schedule. Your first AFF jump starts with 5-6 hours of AFF ground course training, usually
offered Saturday and Sunday mornings. The next 7 AFF jumps require progressively less
training. The following applies to those going through the AFF (ISP) program after theyíve made their first jump, or if you are using Tandem jumps
to go towards category A & B:
Your Repeat Skydives!
Our USPA-rated professional instructional team, which includes USPA Coaches, Jumpmasters, and Instructors, are for training, but itís really up to you to schedule and attend the training classes. They are offered at no charge on Saturday and Sunday mornings, beginning at 8:00, but plan to arrive by 7:45. If there are no students registered, the course will not be held.
If you canít make the morning classes, you may arrange for private lessons with one of the instructors (the going rate is $15 per hour, with a one-hour minimum charge). You will also need to arrange with a packing instructor to help with parachute packing lessons. The packing instructor must be approved by your instructor.
It will also be your responsibility to preview your training for the next category, as well as study the assigned sections (ďBook StuffĒ) for your category quiz. Some of the same questions will be asked again during the A license check dive.
1. Your training syllabus -USPA Skydiverís Information Manual (SIM)
Your USPA A-License Proficiency Card (Yellow Card)
Training Syllabus: You will also need your own copy of the training syllabus and all the associated study material. Almost everything you need is in the USPA Skydiverís Information Manual, available for $25 at the student manifest desk. We highly recommend buying the bound copy, which is compact, durable, and easy to use.
Logbook: You may already have a logbook, or you will be issued one soon. You can use the small free one the school issues, or you can buy a larger one from the student desk. This is a very important document used document your jump history. All skydivers keep a logbook, and if you ever jump at another drop zone, you will need to present it.
A License Proficiency (Yellow) Card: The school will also issue you this four-page yellow card free. It marks your progress towards your USPA A license, which is required for you to jump without instructional supervision. Once you have completed all the performance and knowledge requirements on the A License Proficiency Card and have completed a minimum of 25 freefalls, you can apply with one of our USPA rated AFF Instructors to make your A-License Check Dive. When the instructor signs and stamps the card, you have your A license. You can follow the instructions on the card to register it permanently with USPA (a very good idea in case you ever lose the card).
Arrive on time a little before 9:00 AM Saturday or Sunday. Ask us about weekday progressing training jumps. As soon as you get to the drop zone, go to the same desk where you signed in for your first jump. You must get on the student manifest and training list to be in the system. There are several visits to the leaning harness simulator with the instructor scheduled over the course of your training program, but you will always be expected to practice your emergency procedures there at least once every weekend that you come to jump.
As you progress, you are expected to read and understand the user manuals and other information concerning your skydiving equipment. We try to keep copies on hand, but you can also get your own. Email us when you are ready to buy, but try the following websites for basic information for Category C & D equipment information:
Harness and container systems: www.rigginginnovations.com; www.sunpath.com; www.relativeworkshop.com; www.miragesys.com. A measure of how seriously certain parachute harness / container manufacturers - Relative Workshop and Sunpath - take their commitment to their customers.
There is also a handy diagram of the names of the basic parts of a parachute we use in the first jump course on http://www.orangeskydiving.com/parachute.htm
Don't buy a parachute system without consulting with your instructor(s) first! There are many things available on the market that would be inappropriate for you to buy. Here's a link to a few considerations for buying the actual parachute system. Rainbow Parachute Inc can usually get you an outstanding deal on new or used equipment. email Ned when you are ready to buy.
In Categories G and H of the program, you will study and practice the skills necessary to jump safely with other skydivers. These basic skills can be performed during jumps under the supervision of a USPA Coach. The USPA Coach always works under the supervision of a USPA Instructor. Your instructor will assign you a USPA Coach, and you may jump only with the USPA Coach your instructor assigns. See Coaching and Coaches
Always check with an instructor before jumping any piece of equipment. You could borrow or even rent parachutes from the school that are very dangerous for you to jump if you were to take one inappropriate to your level of experience. While our student jump prices include just about everything you need up through category D, you will need to rent or purchase the following items-
Altimeter, clear goggles, and gloves (in cold weather) by Category E. From Category E on there is a $5/ jump Altimeter rental, $1/ jump goggles rental, and $2/ jump glove rental, and $3 /jump helmet rental..
We stock Helmets, and when you are ready for a Jumpsuit, contact our instructor Kevin Gibson (AKA Rahlmo).
Goggles, Helmets, Altimeters...
From Category E on there is a $5/ jump Altimeter rental, $1/ jump goggles rental, and $2/ jump glove rental,
Jumpsuits and Helmets and other items can be rented after you graduate; rental thereafter is:
$3 /jump Benny helmet rental (although use of the old helmets in he box by the student parachute rack is free)...
$5 / jump jumpsuit rental applies once you have your license. We have new Benny helmets in stock for $65, and we can switch helmet liner sizes around to make which ever new helmet whatever size you want.
$35/ jump or $100 / day These re rented when available giving priority to our student skydivers.
If you've already got your A license, you definitely should have your own stuff by now or be paying rental on all the above items.
Don't Bring any pets. And definitely leave the kids behind unless you are sure someone will be minding them and then will not be a distraction to your skydiving instruction. Skydive Orange is not the place for them. You will not be allowed to make repeat skydives if you brings your pets until they are removed.
Skydiving is an unusual activity that demands skills you donít encounter in everyday life. For that reason, your safe progress depends on your jumping frequently. Plan to jump at least every week or two and more often if possible. USPA recommends that students who wait 30 days between jumps should review training and jumps at the previous level. Longer periods may require backing up a few steps. We know skydiving is expensive, but in this case, safety is more important than your financial situation.
Together for Safety
Letís face it: Skydiving is a dangerous sport, but it can be done safely. The USPA-rated instructors at Skydive Orange will guide you through the USPA program, but the final responsibility for your proper training belongs to you. This skydiving instructional program at Skydive Orange, Virginia is for skydivers who want to learn to skydive in a relatively safe learning environment. Take responsibility and letís work together towards making your entire skydiving experience fun and safe.
Explanation of a few skydiving terms-
Licenses- A, B, C, D - Categories A-H - AFF Levels 1-7 - Coaches - Skydive University - Comparing our Categories A-H with other skydiving centers Explained Here
In the summer, Repeat AFF jumps are available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays & most Federal holidays. See our jump schedule.
The total cost to get an A license varies from person to person since AFF is performance based. Please note that the prices below are PER JUMP, not necessarily per Category! We strongly recommend the program on the right (white background) for most skydivers. The best way to learn to skydive is a weekday tandem followed by a Saturday or Sunday AFF first jump course; this is the most successful and economical approach for passing the first 2 categories in the AFF skydiving certification program. Again, prices below are PER JUMP. There may be 1-4 jumps per category. Each category includes about 1/2 - 2 hours of ground training, which we usually provide early weekend mornings, weekday training times vary.
While it looks like his buys you a total of 25 freefall jumps, 19 minutes of freefall time, almost all of it spent in the air with our highly experienced USPA rated team of skydiving instructors... you actually get much more! Because then we give you 6 free graduation skydives after we receive your filled graduate form, a $510 value! for a total of 31 jumps and 25 minutes of freefall for $3,815 with the Tandem / AFF program! OR-
Prepay the AFF certification course now and GET A DOZEN FREE SKYDIVES and $100 off- parachute rental included!
-And it is inflation proof if we raise prices! Must prepay before you finish AFF Category C, 12- free jump prepay program is non-transferable, non-refundable.
8:00 AM weekend AFF start
When looking at prices, be sure to consider that the above total prices are for your "A" License which includes the improved version of the old (now obsolete) "Level 1-7 AFF program" PLUS all the coaching jumps to get your "A" License under the new "Integrated Student Program". Up to this time, AFF training was just the first 7 jumps followed by several coached jumps often with unrated experienced skydivers.
Details for each of the Categories A - H above can be found in the Integrated student Program (ISP) in the Skydivers Information Manual (SIM) which you can buy at the student sign in desk at the hanger, or download or buy from USPA.
*In order for Tandem to count towards Category A, you must meet the learning and performance objectives (altitude awareness, open the parachute at assigned altitude, learn the landing pattern /parachute steering and control), and be sure to get this logged in your logbook as such. If your goal is to progress in the sport, tell us when you sign up since many first time skydivers rather just go along for the ride and let their tandem instructor take care of most of the details. Ask about confidence-building discounted pre-AFF repeat training tandem jumps! These have proven instrumental in helping some skydiving students progress past their license and into the works of skydiving.
**Cat B Tandem /AFF requires $80 deposit on first Cat C AFF in Leu of a $125 first AFF ground school; the $410 AFF first jump price includes this 6-8 hour ground school, which is necessary before you do your first AFF (non-tandem) skydive.
You learn many of the same skills on a Tandem first jump as on an AFF first Skydive. Repeat Tandems, if completed within 30 days, are $245 each.
For Safety Sake, all AFF progression Students must be in the air early enough to jump at least 1 hour before sunset until they have been cleared by an instructor to supervise themselves.
We can usually arrange weekday Tandem and repeat AFF skydives in addition to our usual weekend jumps Email or call me and tell me when you want to jump and I will try to arrange it. Click HERE for planned WEEKDAYS OF OPERATION.
I am usually near the phone Monday through Friday 9AM till 8PM.
Skydive Orange is helping to lead the way with a comprehensive training program that takes you all the way from first jump to your "A" License & beyond, we are proud to be among the first to institute USPA's Integrated Student Program (ISP) which adds increased formal instruction and supervision of student skydivers in certain areas that were lacking under the old training progressions to better prepare students for the environment they will encounter as A- licensed skydivers and to improve students knowledge of parachute handling principles to minimize injuries.
The new instructional program (ISP), is clearly a winning proposition for the student of Skydiving with mentorship through achievement of your "A" License, but the coached freefall skydives needed to get you to the "A" License are $95 including the ride up, coaches pay, and rig rental (you are responsible for packing, and if you still haven't purchased your own altimeter and goggles by this time, rental is extra for these things.,
If your goal is to progress in this wonderful sport, for safety you need to make repeat jumps within 30 to 90 days (depending which category you are on). This keeps us in good standing with the United States Parachute Association, and close to your heart, keeps you from having to incur additional expense of retraining.
If the learning requirements are not met on one of the training jumps above, it will have to be repeated. Once you are licensed, you will no longer be required to be under direct supervision of a USPA certified jumpmaster. The price for experienced jumps will then be $25 to 13,000+' from the big plane, (Check out weekday jump rates) plus $25 parachute rental assuming you pack it yourself until you have your own altimeter and goggles. That's $50 for a 60 second freefall from 13,500'.
We at the Skydive Orange Club are proud that our parachuting operation has been described as very friendly and extremely helpful to those who are advancing in the sport.
Take the initiative to make use of nights & bad weather days to get ahead on ground instruction. No sense burning daylight on the ground when we can use it in the air instead! Ask us for the oral quizzes when you are ready to take them (the Integrated Student Program has a quiz after each category). It is OK to take the quizzes for several categories ahead, and to fill in bits and pieces on the proficiency card when you have the opportunity to sit in on a section even though it might be in a higher category than you are in. Examples:
The Integrated Student Progression includes comprehensive
instruction in parachute packing. Amazingly, we have licensed
skydivers come from far away skydiving centers who have yet to learn
this skill! When you pack a student parachute for yourself, put your
name tag on it. Only you are to jump the parachute you have packed.
Packing Classes and Parts
of a parachute.
"A" license requires 25 freefalls, 5 minutes of freefall time, $30 application fee to USPA, 5 landings within 20 meters of target center. These requirements are met by going through the training program and are items we initial on your yellow check off card. So many folks ask about "Getting certified to freefall on their own". What they are looking for is to get their "A" License so they will be recognized as not requiring supervision by a jumpmaster when they go to any USPA Skydiving center. The student program involves going through Categories A-H. After you have completed these categories, passed your check dive, and applied to USPA, you will qualify for your A license, the first of the 4 USPA skydiving licenses (A, B, C, D) used to classify skydiver's experience. As a student skydiver, you will want to get a copy of the detailed student progression (ISP) which is in the
Skydiver's Information Manual available at student manifest for $25. Compare what we consider to be a skydiving "graduate" to what the other skydiving places consider a "graduate".
Skydive Orange Inc. (SOI), is a growing club and we hope that you will continue jumping with us. We, as most drop zones, are a United States Parachute Association Affiliated Center. In order to jump at USPA Affiliated Centers, one must join USPA, As an AFF student skydiver, you must join USPA prior to Category D in the student training progression. USPA Affiliated Centers use only USPA Certified Instructors and Jumpmasters.
The United States Parachute Association (USPA), is the national organization representing skydiving as a sport in the USA. Without USPA, skydiving would have been legislated out of existence long ago.
All Skydiving photos on this page were taken at skydive Orange!