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Becoming a Professional Skydive Instructor

While skydiving is one hell of an adventure sport, being a skydiving instructor is a dream job for many people. After all, who doesn’t want the perks that come with the role of being an instructor-flying in planes all day long, flying with clouds, and of course the free fall? Being a professional skydiving instructor means you are getting paid for being a certified adventure freak.

But that’s doesn’t also mean that all of this comes easy. What all it takes to get paid and jump out with the client from a plane, let’s take a look at some of the points on how to become a professional skydiving instructor.

  1. Getting your license:

First and the foremost thing is to get your hands on is a skydiving license. There are plenty of certified skydiving centers across the country that offer different training programs such as Accelerated Sky Free Fall. A standard license can be received only once you complete the training program. On completion, the United States Parachute Association issue the license to skydive. USPA Skydiving “A License” is the first license that you receive. It includes:

  • 25 skydives
  • 6 hours of ground school
  • Parachute packing training class
  • Wind tunnel training-This training is only offered at the elite training schools.

Once you are issued this license, you can skydive without using any aid of any instructor across the world.Skydiving instructor orienting first-time jumpers

  1. Build Your Skills

Now that you have your A license and 25 skydives, you can do free jumps with other divers.  While you decide to take those jumps, you are also fulfilling the requirements for license B, C, and D.

Till now you must have outlaid too much money but here’s a piece of good news that you will start earning from here on. Fund your jumps by giving helping hands too busy and experienced divers.

Packing parachutes is time-consuming but also pays you well and help you rack up the number of jumps for next level instructor ratings.

  1. Learning the basics

The other two basic requirements to be a certified skydiving instructor is:

  • 500 skydives
  • Three full years in the skydiving sport

You may think 500 is a lot, especially if you have just started skydiving. However, after you get your license and go through your first few falls, it is very easy to complete a hundred jumps within one single season. Licensed skydivers are offered lift tickets for the minimal price, which makes it affordable for skydiving several times in a day.

Secondly, you need to be in the skydiving sport for almost three years, and the reason why this is important is to make you aware of the skydiving industry in and out.

You, as an instructor, should be well aware of what happens on the ground, in the office, and learn about everything that is there to know about the industry.

So, before you are allowed to take your first passenger, you should learn about the industry well. It takes several years for many instructors to understand the fundamentals of the sport.

  1. Get Your Introductory USPA Coach Rating

So, if you ask how the life of a newbie skydiver is? The answer is simple. It’s all about skydiving. Hanging out at Skydiving Dropzones, getting jumps and trying more and more.

You convincing people to go for a jump and learning about the fundamental of skydiving every day from everyone.

It’s one way to become the best of the next-gen professional instructor, but how can you get away from this newbie persona? Well, you get the introductory Coach Course from United States Parachute Association.

This coach rating gives you the opportunity that you have been waiting for; teach new people. After getting a B license and completing 100 skydives, you are eligible for Coach Certification Course.

The requirements of the USPA Coach Course are:

  • You should be 18 years old
  • Must have completed 100 skydives
  • Hold USPA License “B”
  1. Skydiving Photographer:

Another way to add more skills to your skydiving career by becoming a camera flyer. Practice your skills and learn to frame your subjects while they fly at 150 mph!

  1. Time for AFF Instructor Rating

Once you have USPA C license and an AFF instructor proficiency certificate signed by the on-ground instructor at the drop zone, you will become eligible for AFF instructor course through USPA.

It’s a week-long course, and on completion, you will be ready to teach people. With this rating, you can teach ground schools, TDI level C to I, and all the levels of AFF. You are now a professional skydiving instructor. Tada!

  1. Final USPA Tandem Training

Now that you have the USPA coach rating, USPA license D, and have completed 500 skydives and have spent three years in the sport, it’s time you hit the final training course. And, that is USPA Tandem Training.

Tandem dive in DubaiTandem instructors need to take this course from USPA. It is designed to teach instructors on taking passengers for their tandem skydives for the first time and learn to operate the parachute during the fall.

The requirements for Tandem Skydiving Instructor are:

  • You need to be 18 years or above age
  • Should have completed 50 skydives within last year
  • USPA coach rating
  • 4 hours of total freefall time
  • Medical: FAA Class III

Important Tip: During the course of training, try to know people at the skydiving dropzone and make yourself serviceable whenever you can. Building relationships with other instructors, regulars, and staff can help you grow your network and skills for getting jumps and additional help to pursue the ratings. You can pick from the ratings from Tandem to AFF or both.

Now that you have all the ratings and certifications required to teach and take clients, you are all experience the world’s best adventure sport all day long. Not only that, besides experiencing yourself, you are also going to introduce this amazing sport to others as well.

With consistency and dedication, you can complete 500 jumps within two years of the period.

Benefits of Learning Sign Language

There are lots of ways that can be used to communicate with each other. Human beings, aside from communicating verbally, had started communicating through body language. Before anyone can learn how to talk, actions are the most fundamental ways of sending a message to someone else. For example, a can send a message that they no longer want to drink milk if they are tilting their heads sideways which can be easily interpreted as a sign of refusal. Even adults use actions to send out a message or to give a response.

learning sign language for her daughterInstead of trying to shout and call someone at the top of their lungs, they can simply get in the line of sight of the person that they’re trying to call to get their attention. A simple wave of the hand that shows a gesture of pointing the palm outward and gesturing it down in repeated fast pace is a universal sign of calling someone to come near them or get closer.

There are lots of instances where a simple gesture comes in handy. On a particular note, a part of our community is the people who were born or obtains being deaf or a hearing impairment.

Communicating becomes a lot way harder for them because the sign language that they use is something that not everyone can understand and would most often only be used by other deaf or hearing-impaired individuals too. There are also a few others who know and understand sign language as they might be working as an interpreter, an educator for them, or they might have a family member or someone close to them who is deaf or hard of hearing. Of course, learning the sign language is not limited to anyone or to a particular group of people only.

Whoever is willing to learn the language can easily do so, and they could even start working as an interpreter, or it could also help them widen their social group through having more friends in the deaf and mute community. Aside from that, there are lots of benefits in learning the sign language. Here are some of those, to name a few:

1. Second Language

It’s not just the spoken languages that give our brain benefits through better development, but the same goes with the sign language – any language as a matter of fact. Learning a second language has been proven to give a person an advantage, not just in terms of being readily available to use such language but also in how your brain processes cognitively.

2. Communication skills

Generally, a person who knows and uses ASL (American Sign Language) continually develops their overall communication skills. The structure of the language helps you in reformulating your ideas and thoughts more precisely. Sign language does not only relate to the physical movement but it also portrays the emotional language and engaging in sign language communications will help you improve your ability to interpret and read a person’s action.

improving communication skillsHaving such skill is not just usable in interacting with the deaf and the hearing-impaired community but even with those who are outside this circle. As you time goes, you would learn what a simple eye twitch can mean. Incorporating it with their facial expression, it could say that they are nervous, they are excited, etc. It’s a skill that no one could ever teach and can only be developed through experience and personal assimilation.

3. Spelling

Yes. You’ve read that correctly. Learning sign language will help you improve your spelling because aside from the actions that equal with words, they also use their hands and certain placement of such that equivalents with every letter in the alphabet. Therefore, you get to spell out the words that you have no gesture for, and they would still understand what you mean or try to say.

As you try to catch up with the exchange of finger-spelled words, it helps you become more receptive. It also improves your visual periphery, that it helps you keep a good track of the environment.