Few experiences are as exciting or liberating as sky diving. Many people become so hooked it becomes a passion or even a profession. If you've been sky diving for a long time, you may want to consider becoming an instructor. Anyone with experience, certification and proper training can become a sky diving instructor.
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Things you need
- Instructor level training
Sky dive on a regular basis and become fully certified to jump on your own. This is a major requirement when you want to become an instructor. You'll need to log a set number of hours, as well as be tested periodically to ensure that you have the proper technique.
Decide which aspects of sky diving you wish to become an instructor of. It's possible to become an instructor in all aspects of sky diving, but starting out small can speed the process. The four areas of instruction are harness-hold, instructor-assisted deployment, static line and tandem.
Study for a specific instruction rating. There are three ratings available to sky diving instructors: coach, instructor and instructor examiner.
Complete all of your class work courses. In addition to being able to display practical experience and expertise, you'll need to read and study all of the regulations and guidelines in place in the sport. Class sessions are typically in a group setting.
Be familiar with the Instructional Rating Manuals (IRMs) available at the USPA website (see Resources below). The Instructional Rating Manuals contain all of the required information needed for becoming an instructor. Note that the Instructional Rating Manual is not free, and that it is periodically updated (roughly once a year).
Tips and warnings
- Much like standard sky diving instruction, there is the potential for both group and individual instruction. Group classes are typically less expensive than personal lessons, but they are not held as frequently. If you can wait, the group classes are a more affordable option.
- Having a ton of experience sky diving doesn't automatically qualify you to become an instructor. There are courses to take, certifications to pass and there is money to be paid. Be sure that you understand all of the requirements you need to meet in order to become a sky diving instructor, as it is a process that can take several months to complete.
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