Learn to Skydive at Skydive the Wasatch!

What's Involved?

To get a license, you must:

  • Successfully complete your ground-school coursework
  • Make 25 jumps
  • Demonstrate your knowledge regarding a checklist of material
  • Take a written test
  • Take a practical test

Our Process

We use a method of training called accelerated freefall. This method -- commonly abbreviated to the acronym "AFF," is an approach that has been successfully used to teach new skydivers for many years.

Following completion of ground-school coursework, you will make your first skydive. You will be accompanied by one or two certified instructors, who will be holding onto the harness while the three of you are in freefall together. (The feeling can be compared to learning to ride a bike with training wheels.) As you successfully complete the first seven jumps in the student program, you will be given more and more freedom every jump.

At the end of the AFF program, you will have the choice of making solo skydives or coached jumps. You will typically need 10 more jumps with a coach to complete the USPA license checklist of maneuvers.

Once you've completed the checklist and 25 jumps, you will be eligible for a license. This allows you to jump with any other skydiver you would like, instead of being limited to instructional staff.

Ground-to-Air Training

Since you'll be wearing your very own parachute, you must be trained to handle emergency procedures as well as landing procedures. The AFF program consists of a several-hour ground school that will teach you all the basics on the ground, so you're able to master the physical movements in a familiar environment. The same movements you learn on the ground are carried into every jump. The material goes into more depth as you progress through the program.

The Flow of the Jump

Here's what to expect during your first AFF training jump (AFF #1):

  1. You'll gear up on the ground, putting on your own parachute, altitude indicator and safety equipment under the close supervision of your AFF intructor.
  2. You'll board the jump plane with your two instructors next to you.
  3. You'll exit the aircraft with your two USPA AFF Instructors (in the same way that you've practiced and mastered on the ground).
  4. You and your two instructors will freefall together for 30 seconds from 10,500 feet above ground level.
  5. Your instructors will maintain their grip on your harness to provide in-air instruction (and assist with stability if necessary).
  6. You'll open your own parachute by 4,000 feet.
  7. You'll pilot it to the (very big, grassy) landing area.
  8. You'll celebrate a successful first jump!

Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) Pricing

Package Cost
Tandem Skydive - It is recommended to make a tandem jump prior to starting the AFF course, this allows familiarity with the plane and skydiving in general. Ideally this will be a “working” tandem where you make freefall turns and deploy your own parachute. 194.00
First Jump Course Ground School - Ground school is typically 6 hours long and covers all the basics of skydiving. The class should be completed as close as possible to the first AFF jump. We typically schedule them on Fridays and Sundays. 60.00
Category "A" AFF Skydive - The instructor holds on to the student but is not attached. The student learns how to fall stably and deploy his/her own canopy. This jump may be made with one or two instructors. (jumps with two instructors carry an additional cost) 170.00
Category “B" AFF Skydive - The instructor holds on to the student but is not attached. The student learns the basics of freefall turns and forward motion. This jump may be made with one or two instructors. 170.00
Category “C" AFF Skydive - The goal of this jump is to allow the student to freefall without the grip of an instructor, often called the “release dive.” The instructors will let go of the student while the student maintains control and deploys their own parachute. 170.00
Category “D” AFF Skydive - The student will make an un-assisted exit from the plane and then preform freefall turns. This category is typically two jumps and is made with one instructor. 170.00
Category “E" AFF Skydive - The student will learn stability recovery by performing flips and barrel rolls. This category is typically two jumps and is made with one instructor. After successfully passing category "E" you will be allowed to self supervise in freefall (jump solo!) 170.00
Coach Jumps - The student can jump with a coach and continue to work on the checklist of items required for a license. Typically 10 coach jumps are needed following AFF to complete the checklist. 100.00
Solo Skydives - The student has proven they can open a parachute and navigate it to the ground competently. The solo jump price includes gear rental and a pack job, price can be reduced if you own equipment or pack your own parachute. 58.00
USPA Membership - The USPA is our governing body and the student will be asked to join the USPA after completing category B. This should be done as soon as possible. Membership includes membership card, magazine subscription, and third party liability insurance. 65.00
Approximate cost to pass AFF - (Tandem + Ground School + 7 AFF Jumps + USPA Membership) 1509.00
Approximate cost to earn A license - (Tandem + Ground School + 7 AFF Jumps + USPA Membership + 10 Coach Jumps + 7 Solo Jumps) 2915.00
AFF Package - Pay in advance for your AFF Jumps and save (includes first jump class, 3 jumps with two instructors, 4 jumps with single instructor) 1200.00
License Package - Pay in advance for your A License jumps and save (includes first jump class, 3 jumps with two instructors, 4 jumps with single instructor, 10 coach jumps, 8 solo jumps) 2500.00

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What an amazing experience! I went in terrified and made to feel comfortable and well informed. I'm so happy I did this and I'm braver than I thought I was.

» Lori Larsen


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