Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD) Solo Training Categories
So you want to do it alone! For first-time jumpers that would like to fly their own canopy, we suggest an IAD skydive. You'll be equipped with your own parachute and prepared with a full day's training.
On the day of your jump, you will board the aircraft with your IAD instructor and fly to 3,500 feet above the ground where you'll climb out, take poised stance, and release. Your instructor will manually deploy your pilot chute beginning the deployment sequence for your main canopy! From there you'll take the wheel (the toggles actually!) and steer yourself into our wide-open student landing area!
Not only does an IAD jump allow you to fly your own canopy on your very first skydive, but it's also the first step in our IAD Training Progression!
Before you can take your first jump you have to first learn the basics. A Certified Skydive Instructor teaches these basics in about 6-8 hours of classroom and practical application training. During these classes you will be walked through the equipment in great detail. Also, you will be introduced to different types of malfunctions and how to address those issues. Then you will experience the practical side of things with some free-fall body position training and a harness training to simulate time under the canopy. After you have practiced it, then it is time to do it for real.
Category A - 2 Jumps
You will learn to leave the airplane and maintain a stable body position as your parachute deploys.
Category B - 3 Jumps
You will learn to deploy your parachute while leaving the airplane and maintaining a stable body position.
Category C - 3 Jumps
Learning to freefall and maintain altitude awareness, opening your parachute at the correct altitude.
Category D - 4 Jumps
Turns 90°, 180°, 360° turns, learning to start, stop, and control turns in freefall, while maintaining altitude awareness and deploying your parachute at the correct altitude.
Category E - 3 Jumps
Learning new ways to exit the airplane. Also perform and recover from unstable maneuvers, while maintaining altitude awareness and deploying your parachute at the correct altitude.
Category F - 2 Jumps
Tracking, learning to flatten and fly your body in a horizontal direction to gain separation from other skydivers for deploying your parachute -- a must for safety.
Category G - 4 Jumps
Maneuvers and docking with other skydivers.
Category H - 4 Jumps
We will practice and combine all the skills learned for you to complete your graduation, dive, and become a USPA licensed Skydiver!