Continued Training

As you continue your training at Skydive Pennsylvania you will work your way through what USPA calls Categories.   The categories go from A-H  and some have more than one jump involved in completing them.  You will get a briefing before you go on each jump about your objectives and then will receive a debriefing after the dive to discuss how you performed.  You must pass each category before you may move to the next one.  This is one reason at the beginning of your training we cannot give you a set price, it depends upon your performance.  Although we are not here to make this an impossible feat to get through these categories, in the end safety is our main concern.  We help many people each year achieve their License through their hard work and determination.  It is an awesome ticket to the skies  to hold.

Below are listed the categories and the objectives in each one.  More information can be found on the United States Parachute Associations web site at uspa.org.

Any addition please feel free to contact us.

Category A

Performance Objectives:

  • Free-fall Stability
  • Altitude Awareness
  • Parachute Deployment
  • Landing Pattern
  • Safe Landing

Dive Flow: (2 IAF instructors)

  • Hotel check, Up, Down Arch
  • Circle of Awareness
  • 3 Practice Ripcord Pulls
  • Altitude, Arch, Heading
  • 5,500’ Wave Off, Arch, Reach, Pull, Check

Category B

Performance Objectives:

  • Relaxing in Free-fall
  • Heading Awareness
  • Parachute Deployment
  • More on Landing Pattern
  • Airport Orientation

Dive Flow: (2 IAF instructors)

  • Hotel Check, Up, Down, Arch
  • Circle of Awareness
  • 3 Practice Ripcord Pulls
  • Extend Legs for 3 Seconds
  • Team Turns (90 degree R and L)
  • Altitude, Arch, Heading
  • 5,500’ Wave Off, Arch, Reach, Pull, Check

Category C-1

Performance Objectives:

  • Leg Awareness
  • Heading Maintenance
  • Body Position
  • Solo Deployment
  • Canopy Wing Loading

Dive Flow: (2 IAF instructors)

  • Hotel Check, Up, Down, Arch
  • Circle of Awareness
  • 3 practice Ripcord Pulls
  • Two Toe Taps
  • Instructors Release
  • Altitude, Arch, Heading
  • 5500’ Wave Off, Arch, Reach, Pull, Check Canopy

Category C-2

Performance Objectives:

  • Leg Awareness
  • Heading Maintenance
  • Body Position
  • Solo Deployment
  • Canopy Wing Loading

Dive Flow: (1 IAF instructor)

  • Hotel Check, Up, Down, Arch
  • Circle of Awareness
  • 3 practice Ripcord Pulls
  • Two Toe Taps
  • Instructors Release (fly in front)
  • Altitude, Arch, Heading
  • 5500’ Wave Off, Arch, Reach, Pull, Check Canopy

Category D-1

Performance Objectives:

  • Spotting
  • Controlled Alternating 90 Degree Turns (4 Turns Total)
  • Wave Off and Pull at 5,500’
  • Rear Riser Control
  • Pre Jump Equipment Check

Dive Flow: (IAF instructor)

  • Up, Down, Arch, (Harness Hold Optional)
  • Circle of Awareness
  • Practice Pull (Optional)
  • Two Toe Taps
  • Instructor Moves to Front
  • Circle of Awareness
  • 90 Degree Turn (Left or Right)
  • Repeat 90 Degree Turns if Above 6,000’
  • 6,000’ No More Turns
  • Altitude, Arch, Heading
  • 5,500’ Wave Off, Arch, Reach, Pull, Check

Category D-2

Performance Objectives:

  • Spotting
  • Unassisted Exit
  • Controlled 180 Degree (2) and 360 Degree (2) Turns
  • Wave Off and Pull at 5,500
  • Rear Riser Control
  • Preflight Equipment and Calibrate AAD

Dive Flow: (IAF instructor)

  • Check Out, Up, Down, Arch (no grip exit)
  • Circle of Awareness
  • Instructor Moves To Front
  • Circle of Awareness
  • 180 Degree Turns (Left or Right)
  • 180 Degree Turns Back to Original Heading
  • Circle of Awareness
  • 360 Degree Turn (Left or Right)
  • Circle of Awareness
  • Repeat Turns if Above 7,000’
  • 6,000’ No More Turns
  • 5,500’ Wave Off, Arch, Reach, Pull, Check

Category E-1

Performance Objectives:

  • Spotting
  • Unpoised Exit (Freak)
  • Stability Recovery/Aerobatics
  • Wave Off And Pull at 4,500’
  • Canopy Stalls
  • Determining the Canopy “Sweet Spot”

Dive Flow: (IAF instructor)

  • Assist with the Spot
  • Door Exit (Unpoised Requires Recovery)
  • Circle of Awareness
  • Barrel Roll
  • Altitude Check
  • Barrel Roll (or other Maneuvers)
  • Altitude Check
  • Continue Aerobatics till 6,000’
  • 5,000’ Wave Off and Pull

Category E-2

Performance Objectives:

  • Spotting
  • Controlled Aerobatics
  • Wave Off and Pull at 4,500’
  • Determining the Canopy “Sweet Spot”

Dive Flow: (IAF instructor)

  • Assist with the Spot
  • Optional Exit (Dive, Poise, Sit, etc.)
  • Circle of Awareness
  • Back loop and Recovery
  • Altitude Check
  • Front loop and Recovery
  • Altitude Check
  • Perform Aerobatics till 5,000’
  • 4,500’ Wave Off and

Category F-1

Performance Objectives:

  • Spotting
  • Introduction to Tracking
  • Packing with Assistance
  • Braked Turns, Approaches, and Landings
  • Extending the Canopy Glide
  • Note: 2 Tracking Dives for all Students

Dive Flow: (Coach)

  • Coach Observes Spotting
  • Optional Exit
  • Track (Delta) for 10-Seconds, Turn 180 Degrees and Track for 10- Seconds
  • Altitude Checks
  • Initiate Deployment by 3,500’

Category F-2

Performance Objectives:

  • Spotting
  • Wave Off and Pull Stable
  • Braked Turns, Approaches, and Landings
  • Extending the Glide
  • Note: 2-Clear and Pull Jumps for AFF Students (5,500’ and 3,500’)

Dive Flow: (Coach)

  • Coach observes Spotting
  • Poised Exit
  • Initiate Deployment Within 5-Seconds

Category G-1

Performance Objectives:

  • Group Exits
  • Front Float Position
  • Forward and Backward Movement
  • Docking
  • Performance Canopy Turns
  • Collision Avoidance Review
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Weather

Dive Flow: (Coach)

  • Coach Observes Spot
  • Front Floater Position
  • Initiate Exit Count
  • After Exit Coach Takes Grips
  • Check Altitude and Nod
  • Coach Backs up 5 Feet
  • Forward Movement to Redock
  • Check Altitude and Nod
  • Coach Backs up 10’
  • Forward Movement to Redock
  • Repeat till Break-off
  • Initiate Break-off at 5,500’
  • Coach Observes Track
  • Wave off and Pull by 3,500’

Category G-1

Performance Objectives:

  • Group Exits
  • Front Float Position
  • Forward and Backward Movement
  • Docking
  • Performance Canopy Turns
  • Collision Avoidance Review
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Weather

Dive Flow: (Coach)

  • Coach Observes Spot
  • Front Floater Position
  • Initiate Exit Count
  • After Exit Coach Takes Grips
  • Check Altitude and Nod
  • Coach Backs up 5 Feet
  • Forward Movement to Redock
  • Check Altitude and Nod
  • Coach Backs up 10’
  • Forward Movement to Redock
  • Repeat till Break-off
  • Initiate Break-off at 5,500’
  • Coach Observes Track
  • Wave off and Pull by 3,500’

Category G-2

Performance Objectives:

  • Group Exits
  • Rear Float Position
  • Upward and Downward Movement
  • Proximity
  • Performance Canopy Turns
  • Collision Avoidance Review
  • Tree Landing Review
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Weather

Dive Flow: (Coach)

  • Coach Observes Spot
  • Rear Floater Position
  • Initiate Exit Count
  • After Exit Coach Takes Grips
  • Check Altitude and Nod
  • Coach Backs-up 5-10’
  • Coach Creates Downward Movement
  • Match Coaches Fall Rate/Position
  • Coach Creates Upward Movement
  • Match Coaches Upward Movement
  • Repeat till Break-Off (watch proximity)
  • Initiate Break-Off at 5,500’
  • Coach Observes Track
  • Wave Off and Pull by 3,500’

Category G-3

Performance Objectives:

  • Group Exits
  • Floater Positions
  • Docking With Problems
  • Performance Canopy Turns
  • Collision Avoidance Review
  • Tree Landing Review
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Weather

Dive Flow: (Coach)

  • Coach Observes Spot
  • Optional Floater Position
  • Initiate Exit Count
  • After Exit Coach Takes Grips
  • Check Altitude and Nod
  • Coach Backs-Up 5’ and Moves Down
  • Match Fall Rate/Position and Redock
  • Check Altitude and Nod
  • Coach Backs-Up 10’ then Moves UP
  • Match Fall Rate/Position and Redock
  • Repeat till Break-Off
  • Initiate Break-Off at 5,500
  • Coach Observes Track
  • Wave-Off and Pull by 3,500’

Category H

Dive Flow: (Coach)

  • Diver Exit (leave from door 1 second after coach)
  • Maintain belly to earth position
  • Coach establishes fall rate and holds heading
  • Turn toward coach
  • Dive and stop level 20 feet out
  • Altitude check every 5 seconds
  • Approach and take grips
  • Altitude permitting, coach dives to point 50 to 100 feet laterally and 20 to 40 feet below
  • Follow and repeat docking procedure
  • Break off at 5,000 feet
  • Coach remains in place and evaluates track
  • Wave off and deploy by 3000 feet

USPA A-License Check Dive Flow: (IAF instructor)

  • Spot
  • Choose a comfortable exit
  • Perform a 360-degree turn to the right and left , back loop
  • The evaluator moves 20 feet from the candidate and level
  • Wave off and pull by 3,000 feet
  • Follow your preselected landing pattern

Freefall Video of IAF Jumps $109.00*
*All pricing reflects cash discount pricesIAF Pre-Paid Package Price $100 savingsThose who have completed a Tandem jump may enter IAF at level two. The cost of the jump and training is $275.00.