solo skydiving

Solo Skydiving: The Greatest Adventure

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

If you’re the kinda person who knows every word to Frank Sinatra’s classic “My Way” and can finagle a duvet into a duvet cover just fine without assistance, thank-you-very-much, you’re almost certainly an adventurer. As such, you might be ever so into the idea of going for a totally solo skydive. You might even court the concept of making your very first skydive a solo skydive.

But how to skydive solo? You’ve come to the right place for a little help, dear reader. We love adventurers–and setting you up for a landmark solo skydiving experience is what we’re best at, gosh darn it. Since we’re the experts, let us tell you all about how to make that happen! Here are some quick answers to the central questions.

1. How many jumps before solo skydiving is a possibility?

It’s a common misconception that someone’s first skydive has to be a tandem skydiving experience. As a matter of fact, if you’re really keen to get started, your very first skydive can be under your own parachute–as jump number one in the solo skydiving licensing program in Michigan (ours!). After completing the requirements, logging 25 jumps and demonstrating comprehensive safety and flight skills you will be able to test and apply for your USPA “A” License. That’s your ticket to jump on your own (or with other experienced skydiver friends) at pretty much any skydiving facility in the world. Pretty cool, huh?

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2. What is it like to learn to skydive solo?

Our solo skydiving licensing program is top-notch. We use the Accelerated Freefall (“AFF”) curriculum to introduce new jumpers to the sky–a program that has been tried, tested and refined for decades to teach students the skills to start them off on the right foot.

It all starts in the classroom, with on-the-ground instruction that introduces you to our sport’s equipment, people, procedures, aircraft and emergency responses. From there, you’ll proceed to the airplane with a well-reviewed plan for the maneuvers to be demonstrated during the jump. Two instructors will skydive alongside you–holding on to special handles on your jumpsuit, in fact–to observe your skydive and guide you through the process with hand sig­nals.

When your little tribe reaches 5,500 feet, your instructors will both release you, and you’ll deploy your own parachute. Once they’ve observed you safely deploy your canopy, the instructors will fly to a safe distance and deploy their own. Now safely under a beautiful nylon flying machine, you’ll listen to radio guidance as an instructor on the ground coaches you down.

The next 24 jumps go quickly with a little dedication. Over the course of that time, you’ll work your way up to mastery of the basic flying skills required to skydive solo. Before you know it, you’ll be signed off to solo status.

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3. Do I have to be crazy to want to try solo skydiving?

Skydiving is not a challenge that only nut jobs undertake–far from it, in fact. Skydiving is the natural next step for any adventurous soul who’s looking to run around outside their comfort zone. It’s for anyone looking to disconnect from technology and connect with real people in the real world (and aren’t we all?!). It’s for anyone who’s looking to check off that bucket list item. And y’know what? It’s for anyone–anyone!–looking to have fun. Because solo skydiving is a LOT of fun.

Does that description match you? Then don’t be a stranger! We’re looking so forward to meeting you, showing you around our perfectly gorgeous sky, and introducing you to what we passionately believe is the greatest adventure this lifetime has to offer! Feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about the solo skydiving licensing process.

Tandem Skydiver in freefall at Skydive Tecumseh

Skydiving for the first time at Skydive Tecumseh was by far one of the greatest experiences of my life. No matter how high maintenance I was before the jump when I was scared, every single jumper employee did everything they could to make my experience unforgettable. I have already recommended here for many of my friends wanting to go with me for their first time on my next round!

Christine Kardel