Static-Line Student Skydiving

About Static Line Training

Our USPA-approved, Solo First-Jump Course is your first step in becoming a licensed skydiver. The first-jump course encompasses all of the training necessary to undertake your first solo skydive. The course lasts around 6 to 7 hours, and consists of classroom instruction and developing practical skills.

The course takes about 6 to 7 hours, and consists of classroom instruction designed to develop practical skydiving skills.

We offer two course times to fit your schedule:

  • Friday evening 6:30 pm to 10 pm and Saturday morning
  • All day Saturday beginning at 8 am and finishing in the evening.

To streamline the training process and maximize efficiency, your first solo jump will be a static-line jump from 3,500 ft. above the ground. During a static-line jump, your parachute is deployed automatically after you exit the aircraft. Training is focused on a stable body position, canopy flight, and landing. An instructor rides with you in the aircraft to ensure you exit safely, but you are solo – wearing your own individual parachute system and not connected to an instructor. After you exit the airplane, another instructor on the ground will assist you in landing, using a hand-held radio.

Working towards your skydiving license

Static-line training is recommended for individuals who are cost conscious and highly motivated to become licensed skydivers. Static line is also a very effective training method for large groups. Because your first jump was by static-line, this method is already familiar to you.

The static-line training progression consists of 25 jumps through eight USPA-approved training categories (A-H). Not all 25 jumps will be using a static-line for exit. Typically, the first five jumps are static-line jumps (including three practice pilot-chute deployments). The rest are freefall jumps with you pulling your own parachute. Plan your last static-line jump the same day as your first freefall. Your freefall progression will be in increments of 5-10 second delays with your altitude increasing with the longer delays. Most students will be jumping solo (freefall: without the static-line) from full altitude (i.e., 12,000 ft) after about 12 training jumps. Please plan time for your instructor to debrief you on your last jump and to brief you on your next jump. This is CRUCIAL to advancing towards your license. Each category has certain performance objectives and advancement criteria that must be achieved before moving on to the next category.

Static-Line Jump Progression Outline

AFF Category AArch, Stability, and Altitude Awareness
AFF Category BPractice Pilot-Chute Deployments and Relaxation
AFF Category CFirst Non Static-Line Clear and Pull, then 10-Second Delays
AFF Category DTurns: 90, 180, and 360 Degrees
AFF Category EDisorientating Maneuvers / Aerobatics
AFF Category FTracking (Forward Movement)
AFF Category GDocking
AFF Category HGroup Freefall Skills

Static-Line Training Prices*

First Jump Course and Jump$215 + $30 USPA Membership Fee
Additional student jumps$55 each
Total skydiving license cost through the Static-Line Program.
(includes instruction, gear rental, and is subject to change without notice)
(assumes 25 jumps with no repeats)


Student weight is restricted to 235 lbs. maximum.

All skydivers must be 18 years of age or older.

Groups and Special Scheduling

If you have a group of five or more people, we may be able to hold a class for you on a day that meets your schedule. Email for details. Depending on the size of your group, we may add more people to help fill the class.

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