when can i fly solo

When Can I Skydive By Myself?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

We get asked all the time, “how can I begin to enjoy this awesome sport on my own?”

Maybe the case is that you have done a tandem and have been bitten by the skydiving bug, or maybe you have always wanted to go but are not interested in experiencing human flight with a tandem skydive. No matter the motive, the sport of skydiving can open up a whole new world (both literally and figuratively), and we can confirm that one of the best ways to enjoy the sky is by jumping solo. And so, if you’ve found this page, it is fair to say you may be wondering just how many skydives it takes before you can make a jump by yourself! Lucky for you, at Skydive Tecumseh, we have a couple options of skydive training to prepare you to jump solo. Please keep in mind, though, jumping solo requires a bit more work and more extensive training than a tandem skydive. You are not required to complete a tandem prior to taking the training to complete a solo skydive; however, we strongly recommend that you get a taste of flight through a tandem skydive first. Jumping solo requires a lot more responsibility than a tandem skydive, and completing a tandem skydive prior to your training helps prepare you to anticipate what free fall is like.

If you are ready to jump solo, we offer two different methods of training to prepare you.

The two solo training methods used are AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) or IAD (Instructor Assisted Deployment). At Skydive Tecumseh both of the training methods we employ to prepare you for skydiving solo are approved by the United States Parachute Association. With each method, you will be provided with skydiving instructors, but you will not be attached to an instructor as you are when completing a tandem skydive. With IAD, a single instructor will deploy your parachute for you as you exit the aircraft, and you do not experience freefall until around the sixth jump. With AFF, you will have two instructors that will hold on to you in freefall, and you free fall for (30 to 60 seconds) on your first skydive.  With AFF, you are expected to deploy your own parachute. You get to pick which option is right for you.

Three skydivers making a formation during free fall

After completing the required number of skydives for the training progression you have chosen and after being cleared for self-supervision by your instructors, you will be able to skydive completely solo. Should you choose to, you can also jump with coaches to begin to gain the skills you will need to jump with other people. Either method (AFF or IAD) is a great start to get you on your way to becoming a licensed skydiver, and we promise skydiving by yourself is only just the beginning!

Tandem Skydiver in freefall at Skydive Tecumseh

We had to reschedule our jump three times due to weather, but it was definitely worth the wait and I'm definitely going again! The entire crew was amazing!

Katrina McKinney