SKYDIVE INSTRUCTOR RATINGS: USPA AND UPT COURSES. SKYDIVE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION


Learn how to qualify for your skydive instructor rating. All you need to know about skydive instructor rating course locations, course curricula, registration pre-requisites and certification criteria, validity of your skydive instructor ratings, tuition fees and booking procedures.


The Flight Club skydiving school administers United States Parachute Association (USPA) sanctioned skydive instructor rating courses and UPT manufacturer endorsed Vector/ Sigma Tandem instructor certification courses upon request.



COURSE LOCATIONS


Qualified candidates can schedule a skydive instructor rating course with the Flight Club skydiving school, located on the territory of Aerograd Kolomna near Moscow in Russia.


Alternatively, we can dispatch one of our course directors to administer the skydive instructor rating course at any current USPA (foreign or domestic affiliate) group member drop-zone.


USPA ACCELERATED FREE-FALL INSTRUCTOR RATING COURSE



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the USPA Accelerated Free-Fall instructor rating course (AFF IRC) focuses on transmitting knowledge, life-saving techniques and in-air skills required to effectively coach and body-guard novice free-fall skydiving students.


USPA COACH RATING COURSE



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the USPA coach rating certification course focuses on transmitting knowledge and teaching techniques required by coaches to successfully convey fundamental skydiving and canopy piloting skills to skydive students training towards their USPA A-license.    




USPA COACH RATING PRIVILEGES


USPA coach rating holders have demonstrated the ability to, under supervision of an USPA instructor, teach the general (non-method-specific) portions of the skydiving first jump course, conduct group free-fall skills training, supervise students making group free-fall

training jumps and conduct re-currency training and jumps with licensed skydivers. 


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USPA COACH RATING COURSE FORMAT AND CONTENT


Flight Club Coach course conductors follow a facilitation style presentation format to cover the following content:



WORKSHOPS:


introduction

the role of the coach

teaching for skill development

positive communication skills

the coaching cycle of activity

physiological aspects/ injury prevention

basic aerodynamics and biomechanics 

basic skill-/ video analysis techniques

debriefing strategies


IN-AIR COACHING


Coach course candidates have to satisfactorily conduct two group free-fall training jumps covering targeted learning objectives for ISP category G and category H student skydivers. 


During these jumps the apprentice coach must show solid exit and fly-away skills, quarterback set-up distances allowing for the student to train with sufficient repetition and demonstrate safe break-off behaviour.

ACTIVITIES:


teaching practice sessions

motor-skill development: proximity- and fall-rate control

briefing basic exits, free-fall drills and canopy control

supervision and support pre-flight and in-flight

coaching in free-fall (2 jumps)

applying effective observation strategies

basic skill analysis sessions 


SUMMATIVE EVALUATION PROCEDURES


in order for candidates to qualify for the USPA coach rating they have to satisfy the required performance criteria during the following final evaluations:




TEACHING PROFICIENCY 


Candidates have to satisfactorily conduct two sample training sessions from the USPA ISP syllabus' general sections of the first jump course.  


In addition, candidates have to satisfactorily conduct two sample training sessions effectively preparing a student for ISP category G and category H skydives. 


Finally, candidates have to demonstrate their skill analysis skills by completing an observation plan comparing the actual performance of a live student to pre-determined qualitative and quantitative performance benchmark criteria. The results of this process have to be presented during an effective debriefing session.


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SITE LINKS        FLIGHT CLUB SKYDIVING SCHOOL

                        ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE

                        USPA SKYDIVING LICENSES

                        SKYDIVE COACHING AND MENTORING

                        USPA SKYDIVE INTSRUCTOR RATINGS


BOOKING AND SCHEDULING YOUR USPA COACH COURSE


To book or to schedule your USPA coach course please fill in and send us the initial booking request form


Feel free to contact us with any unanswered questions which you might have.

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USPA INSTRUCTIONAL RATING HIERARCHY


The United States Parachute Association issues instructional ratings to current USPA members who have:

been signed off on the respective course pre-requisite skill and experience requirements and successfully attended an USPA instructional rating course.


USPA instructional ratings are based on 3 levels of maturity, depending on skill- and experience level of the candidate:


Coach         (junior) 

Instructor   (senior)

Examiner    (expert)


These ratings are successive, meaning you can't become an instructor without being a rated coach, nor can you become an examiner if you do not hold an instructor rating.



Coach rating holders are cleared to skydive with self-supervised students in preparation for their USPA A-license and to teach the general (non-method-specific) portions of the first-ground school. All coaches work under supervision of an appropriately rated instructor and cannot endorse USPA licenses. 



Instructor and examiner ratings are being issued for the following skydive student training methods:


Static-line

Instructor Assisted Deployment

Tandem 

Accelerated Free-Fall


You must hold a current instructor- or an examiner rating for the respective student training method in order to engage students. Instructors have the authority to administer USPA A-, B- and C-license exams.



Examiners are senior level instructors who have successfully attended an USPA IERC. Examiners have the authority to teach students, to conduct instructor rating certification courses in their respective discipline(s) and to administer USPA A-, B-, C- and D-license exams. 


COURSE SELECTION AND DESCRIPTION


In Flight Club, we focus on the following rating courses, simply because they are the most relevant to a successful professional career in the sport and thus, popular choice of skydive instructor candidates world-wide:


- USPA coach rating course

- USPA Accelerated Free-Fall instructor rating course

- UPT Vector/ Sigma Tandem instructor rating course



Following, you'll find a detailed description for each of these courses regarding registration pre-requisites, course structure, duration, certification criteria and associated tuition fees:


USPA COACH RATING COURSE REGISTRATION PRE-REQUISITES


USPA coach rating candidates must fulfil the following pre-requisites in order to attend the USPA coach certification course:


must be 18 years old

be a current USPA member

hold an USPA B-license or FAI equivalent

have completed 100 skydives

assisted in at least one first jump course

scored >/= 80% on the Coach Final Exam (available in the IRM)

completed the pre-requisites of the proficiency card

own a current version of the USPA SIM and USPA IRM


USPA COACH RATING COURSE DURATION


The USPA coach certification course will keep you engaged for 32 hours over a 4 day period.


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USPA COACH RATING ENDORSEMENT AND PROCESSING


Flight Club USPA coach course conductors will endorse the successful candidate's coach rating proficiency card and log-book with a rating recommendation to USPA's Safety and Training department. 


This recommendation will serve as a temporary USPA coach rating for the duration of 30 days.


The coach rating application will be processed and finalized at USPA HQ within that time-frame and the official endorsement will be entered into the successful applicant's Data Card. 


VALIDITY OF THE USPA COACH RATING


The privileges and responsibilities of this rating travel with the holder and are recognized world-wide as valid professional qualification at any USPA affiliate drop-zone.


Your USPA coach rating will renew annually with your membership, provided you meet the associated currency requirements. 


USPA COACH RATING COURSE TUITION FEES


For USPA coach certification courses hosted by the Flight Club skydiving school at Aerograd Kolomna, we charge USD 640.00/ candidate. This includes tuition fees, examiner and candidate jump tickets for evaluation skydives and associated rating processing fees at USPA.


For USPA coach rating certification courses which require our examiners to travel, a surcharge covering air-fare, transit and accommodation applies.

USPA COACH RATING COURSE UPGRADES


Flight Club offers two valuable upgrade options to the basic format of the USPA coach rating certification course:


UPGRADE #1: 

PRE-COURSE TRAINING JUMPS



SCOPE


In order to give our candidates the best possible chance of successfully full-filling the required in-air performance criteria during the actual coach course evaluation jumps, we offer interested participants the opportunity to hone their skills during some training jumps prior to the course.



PRE-COURSE TRAINING JUMPS TUITION FEES


You can book an experienced Flight Club coach to get you ready for combat starting at USD 90.00/ skydive including videos and jump tickets.


UPGRADE #2:

ADVANCED PROGRESSION COACHING CLINIC



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The basic format USPA coach rating certification course focuses strictly on transmitting knowledge and skills essential to effectively teach skydive students working towards their USPA A-license. 


The USPA coach course does NOT train candidates to coach the entire body-flight progression and disregards advanced skydiving skill sets such as turns, sideways motion and super-positional movements. 


Flight Club offers an advanced progression coaching clinic intended to fill this gap in a 12 skydive follow-up to the USPA coach rating certification course.




FORMAT AND CONTENT


A senior Flight Club coach will mentor you throughout the advanced modules of the skydiver skills development grid and facilitate the following workshop sessions and practical exercises:



WORKSHOPS


advanced aerodynamics and biomechanics 

advanced skill-/ video analysis techniques



ACTIVITIES


motor-skill development: turns and sideways motion

briefing advanced exits, fly-away drills and free-fall skills

briefing super-positional free-fall drills

advanced progression free-fall coaching (12 jumps)

advanced skill analysis sessions 



COURSE DURATION


the advanced progression coaching clinic will keep you engaged for 20 hours over a 2 day period.



ADVANCED PROGRESSION COACHING CLINIC TUITION FEES



This follow-up course costs USD 1,080.00 including tuition fees, videos and tickets for you and your mentor, if the course is being administered by the Flight Club school at Aerograd Kolomna.


For courses which require our coaches to travel a surcharge covering air-fare, transit and accommodation applies.


USPA AFF INSTRUCTOR PRIVILEGES


USPA Accelerated Free-Fall instructors are authorized to train and jump with AFF students and to train  and supervise non-method-specific students for the USPA A- license. In this role, AFF instructors can administer USPA A-, B-  and C- license exams.  


REGISTRATION PRE-REQUISITES


USPA AFF/ I candidates must fulfil the following pre-requisites in order to attend the AFF instructor rating certification course:


must be 18 years old

be a current USPA member

hold an USPA C-license

hold a current USPA coach or instructor rating

have completed 500+ skydives or 

hold a coach rating for more than 1 year

have accumulated 6+ hours free-fall time

completed the pre-requisites of the proficiency card

own a current version of the USPA SIM and USPA IRM


COURSE DURATION


The USPA Accelerated Free-Fall instructor rating course will keep you engaged for 56 hours over a 7 day period.


SUMMATIVE EVALUATION PROCEDURES


in order for candidates to qualify for the USPA AFF/ I rating they have to satisfy the required performance criteria during the following final evaluations:



WRITTEN EXAMS


score >/= 80% in USPA general instructor exam and 

USPA AFF instructor exam (both exams are available in the IRM).  



TRAINING, SUPERVISION, DEBRIEFING


score "satisfactory" in

- ground preparations: ISP CAT C and CAT D.

- supervision: equipment, pre-flight, in-flight, canopy

- skill analysis and debriefing


Specific scoring criteria is available for review in the IRM on the AFF instructor "training, supervision, debriefing evaluation form".



IN-AIR PERFORMANCE


Candidates must score >/= 75% on 3 evaluation jumps, acting once as CAT C main-side instructor, once as CAT C reserve-side instructor and once as CAT D solo instructor.


You have 4 attempts to pass three times.


Specific scoring criteria is available for review in the IRM on the AFF instructor "in-air skills and instruction evaluation form".


USPA AFF INSTRUCTOR RATING COURSE FORMAT AND CONTENT


Flight Club USPA AFF IRC examiners follow a facilitation style presentation format to cover the following content:



WORKSHOPS


introduction

history of "harness hold jumps" vs "Accelerated Free-Fall" today

equipment knowledge

the role of the instructor: ISP, CAT A, techniques

USPA ISP CAT C in-air sequence 

in-air training safety

in-air priorities: instructor levels of response

inverted exit recovery and blocking techniques

USPA ISP CAT C ground preparation

supervision and support: pre-flight, in-flight, canopy

AFF emergencies: prevention and response

USPA ISP CAT D in-air sequence

flat-spin control and inverted recovery

in-air evaluation: rules of engagement 

USPA ISP CAT D ground preparation

AFF/ I ratings: (re-) currency, renewal, expired

canopy control coaching

USPA ISP CAT E techniques and briefing




ACTIVITIES


Flight Club USPA AFF instructor rating courses include 6 practice skydives leading up to the all-decisive final evaluation jumps. 


During these low-pressure jumps, we ready our candidates by running them through the free-fall levels of response and by introducing the "7 second dance" as a go-to solution for the bottom-end sequence of any real life Accelerated Free-Fall skydive.


Targeted learning objectives during these exercises are:



flying your slot: control sector and coaching sector

reading the game: hand signals and perpetual motion

blocking excessive student movement

linebacker strategy in a 2 on 1 instructor to student environment

release, re-dock, release sequence

spin stop techniques

inverted recovery techniques

the "7 second dance" final


UNITED PARACHUTE TECHNOLOGIES (UPT) MANUFACTURER ENDORSED VECTOR/ SIGMA TANDEM INSTRUCTOR RATING


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the UPT tandem instructor course focuses on transmitting knowledge, life-saving procedures and in-air skills required to safely take passengers on tandem skydives utilizing UPT Vector/ Sigma tandem systems.


USPA AFF INSTRUCTOR RATING ENDORSEMENT & PROCESSING


The Flight Club USPA AFF/ Instructor Examiner will endorse the successful candidate's AFF instructor's proficiency card and log-book with a rating recommendation to USPA's Safety and Training department. 


This recommendation will serve as a temporary USPA AFF instructor rating for the duration of 30 days.


The AFF instructor rating application will be processed and finalized at USPA HQ within that time-frame and the official endorsement will be entered into the successful applicant's Data Card. 


VALIDITY OF THE USPA AFF INSTRUCTOR RATING


The privileges and responsibilities of the USPA AFF instructor rating travel with the holder and are recognized world-wide as valid professional qualification at any USPA affiliate drop-zone.


Your USPA AFF instructor rating will renew annually with your membership, provided you meet the associated currency requirements. 


USPA AFF INSTRUCTOR RATING COURSE  - TUITION FEES


For USPA AFF instructor rating courses hosted by the Flight Club skydiving school at Aerograd Kolomna, we charge USD 1,500.00/ candidate. This includes tuition fees, skydives for candidate and examiner (6 practice skydives + final evaluation jumps) and associated rating processing fees at USPA.  


For USPA AFF instructor rating courses which require our examiners to travel, a surcharge covering air-fare, transit and accommodation applies. In addition, a standard surcharge of USD 250.00 will be added to the base price for courses in Central Europe and the Middle East to account for elevated slot prices.


USPA AFF INSTRUCTOR RATING COURSE UPGRADES


Flight Club offers a valuable upgrade option to the standard format of the USPA AFF instructor rating course:



UPGRADE YOUR CHANCES:

PRE-COURSE TRAINING JUMPS



SCOPE


In order to give our candidates the best possible chance of successfully full-filling the required in-air performance criteria during the actual AFF IRC evaluation jumps, we offer interested participants the opportunity to hone their skills during some training jumps prior to the course.


The AFF instructor rating is widely regarded as the most challenging skydive instructor rating there is to obtain. You must be absolutely solid in-air if you want to stand a fighting chance in the final evaluation jumps.



PRE-COURSE TRAINING JUMPS TUITION FEES


You can book a Flight Club AFF/ IE to get you ready for combat starting at USD 90.00/ skydive including ground-training, briefings, videos and jump tickets.


BOOKING AND SCHEDULING YOUR USPA AFF INSTRUCTOR RATING COURSE


To book or to schedule your USPA AFF instructor rating certification course, please fill in and submit the initial booking request form

Feel free to contact us with any unanswered questions which you might have.

REGISTRATION PRE-REQUISITES


UPT Tandem instructor rating candidates must fulfil the following pre-requisites in order to attend the certification course:


must be 18 years old

hold an USPA D-license or FAI equivalent

hold a current USPA coach or instructor rating or

hold FAI sanctioned foreign instructor license

have completed 500+ skydives on ram-air canopies

must be in the sport for 3+ years  

hold a valid FAA class 3 medical or foreign equivalent

score 100%  Vector Tandem Exam

score 100%  Sigma Tandem Exam

sign the UPT liability release form

own the UPT Vector 2 manual and Sigma manual


UPT VECTOR/ SIGMA TANDEM INSTRUCTOR PRIVILEGES


! CAUTION !


The respective National Aviation Authority governing skydiving activities in your country of residence/ of activity might require you to obtain an additional domestic qualification before you can legally engage in tandem skydiving activities with real life passengers. 


Holding a manufacturer endorsed tandem instructor rating will in very most cases greatly simplify the certification-/ rating conversion process to whatever form of regionally valid authorization you might (additionally) require. 


UPT VECTOR/ SIGMA TANDEM INSTRUCTOR RATING ENDORSEMENT AND PROCESSING


The Flight Club UPT TD/ IE will endorse the appropriate portions of the tandem instructor candidate's logbook and submit it, together with your tandem instructor certification form and checklist, to UPT for final review and processing. 

COURSE DURATION


The UPT Vector/ Sigma Tandem instructor rating course will keep you engaged for 40 hours over a period of 4 days.


UPT TD/ I RATING COURSE FORMAT AND CONTENT


Flight Club UPT Tandem IEs follow a facilitation style presentation format to cover the following content:



WORKSHOPS


introduction

history of tandem skydiving

liability

equipment familiarization

passenger harness fitting

passenger briefing

ground preparations

in-flight procedures

exits

free-fall and drogue fall

canopy control, landings, assisted landings

emergency procedures: in-flight, in-air, in pull-time and on landing

special needs passengers

code of conduct

accident reports

packing demonstration and practice


ACTIVITIES


TRAINING STAGE 1: formal application


suspended harness: standard sequence of events 

suspended harness: emergency procedure review

1 solo familiarization jump

1 jump as a tandem passenger

1 jump as TI in command: standard sequence

1 jump as TI in command: drogue-fall heading control

1 jump as TI in command: exit recovery, drogue-less



TRAINING STAGE 2: practical application


suspended harness: emergency procedure review

5 jumps as TI in command: experienced passengers



TRAINING STAGE 3: probationary period


15 jumps as Tandem instructor in command: real life passengers

SUMMATIVE EVALUATION PROCEDURES


in order for candidates to qualify for the UPT Vector/ Sigma tandem instructor rating they have to satisfy the required performance criteria in all 3 phases of their training. This needs to be documented in the tandem instructor candidate's logbook.


UPT VECTOR/ SIGMA TANDEM INSTRUCTOR RATING COURSE TUITION FEES


For UPT tandem instructor rating courses hosted by the Flight Club skydiving school at Aerograd Kolomna, we charge USD 2,650.00/ candidate. This includes tuition fees, skydives (50 tickets), gear rental (25 jumps) and associated rating processing fees at UPT.  


For UPT TI rating courses which require our examiners to travel, a surcharge covering air-fare, transit and accommodation applies. In addition, a standard surcharge of USD 625.00 will be added to the base price for courses in Central Europe and in the Middle East to account for elevated slot prices.

BOOKING AND SCHEDULING YOUR UPT TANDEM INSTRUCTOR RATING COURSE


To book or to schedule your UPT Tandem Instructor rating course, please fill in and submit the initial booking request form


Feel free to contact us with any unanswered questions which you might have.

VALIDITY OF THE UPT VECTOR/ SIGMA TANDEM INSTRUCTOR RATING


United Parachute Technologies, LLC Vector/ Sigma tandem instructor ratings renew annually, provided the applicant holds a current FAA Class 3 medical (or a foreign equivalent) and meets the mandatory currency requirements. 


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