Skydiving instructors teach people the basics of skydiving. They take willing adults miles in the air and let them dive out of an airplane. Surprisingly it’s quite safe.
It is also very addicting. Once you dive, you’ll most likely want to go again and again. It’s as close as a human can get to flying. As a skydiving instructor you can afford this expensively addicting sport because you have students.
When you start skydiving you will attend a skydiving school where you will learn about equipment, drop zones, airplanes, freefalls, canopy flights, and landings. This is all covered over several hours in ground school. It’s best to find one approved by the United States Parachute Association.
After ground school you will load the plane and fly to an elevation about 2 to 3 miles about the ground. There you will jump out of the plane and put your new knowledge to work. As you dive out of the plane you will focus on proper body position. Then you will freefall for about a minute at about 120 miles per hour, or terminal velocity. Eventually you’ll open your parachute and enjoy 100-mile views as you float back to Earth.
A parachuting expert needs to skydive regularly and pay close attention to details and safety. You’ll also need to earn skydiving licenses, which will ultimately let you become an instructor. Your student jumps, courses, and gear are your skydiving tuition. It can be expensive, but it’s worth it. To become an instructor you need to be a member of the United States Parachute Association and log at least 500 jumps and 3 hours of freefall.
There are several levels of skydiving professionals – coach, instructor, examiner, pro, and judge. Each certification tests your knowledge, skill, and experience. Be sure to log your dives. Always record jump number, date, location, exit altitude, length of freefall, type of jump, distance from landing, equipment, and buddy. There are also challenging oral, written, and practical exams.