get your uspa A license

Get Your USPA “A” License

Book Packing Class

Christina is Lodi’s resident Sport PRO Packer and Head packing class. Plan to spend a FULL day learning. Please make sure you have your study done as outlined below.

Book Coaching

Coaches available for Lodi, CA. Plan to make at least 3 jumps and be prepared to cover at least a full section of your “A” license requirements, etc. Click to reach coaches.

USPA SKydiving A license card

Your “A” License Card:

These are suggestions to keep you focused, and to get this done as quickly as possible with maximum retention and application skills. Be prepared to book some time with the coach or instructor. Everything requires an instructor sign off. So make sure who ever is doing the coaching or instructing can sign it off.

Remember Basic potential costs:

  • $65                   USPA Membership
  • $30                   License Application Fee
  • $30                   Plus jump ticket for Each Coach Jump
  • $20-30/hour     For Ground reviews
  • $150                 Plus jump ticket    –   Oral, Written Exam, Check Dive, and Sign-Offs

Sections: Sections are Linked to SIM

Try Them in this order:

  1. Identity
  2. Equipment Knowledge
  3. Canopy Skills
  4. Aircraft & Spotting
  5. Exit & FreeFall Skills
  6. Emergency Reviews
  7. Check Dive and Exams

The “A” card is your biggest card of all. Once off student status you are cleared for solo jumping. Let me say that again.

You are cleared for SOLO Jumping. That’s it. NO, you cannot jump with all your buddies, YET.

Basically we clear you for survival. You’ve proven enough skill to survive the experience. Filling out your “A” card is a privilege to prove you can survive this experience and grow into becoming a skydiver who can jump with other people. Your job is to take the time and diligent effort to accomplish and learn enough to apply. Your safety and the safety of those you jump with will depend on it.

PRO Tip:

Get to know who the instructors and coaches are so you can spot them in the plane for your exit, or ask them to witness one of your landings or canopy control. ALWAYS, call your jumps. By that I mean, have a mission to get a requirement done on every jump. Be vigilant and focused on what you are doing.

Task 1 – Identity

Fill this out first. Keep this paper with your log book at all times and in a safe place. Lose it and you are kinda screwed.

Task 2 – Equipment Knowledge

This is ground school.  You were taught this in AFF. But it’s hard to retain it all. These are reviews. So get with a coach or instructor to go over this.  This is great for rainy days.  This section can be taught by an approved USPA rated coach or instructor and then reviewed and signed off by an instructor. If you use a coach, make sure they make a log book entry with all the info so the instructor can see you’ve actually done the work. You will still be required to prove you can do some of this, so be prepared. The idea is to already be schooled and come to the instructor ready to test.

Pro Tip:

 Sign up for a packing class asap. You will go over all of this stuff and be more than ready for the sign off. You must read the SIM material BEFORE going to the packing class! Make sure the packing class instructor makes a log book entry and that is signed by a licensed skydiver. Check youtube for some cool videos.



What we offer:

Packing Class  – $160 up to 7 hours then $20/hr

  • Learn to completely, safely, and competently pack your main parachute
  • Learn all about your equipment
  • Calculate wing-loading
  • Change closing loop
  • Gear maintenance

Available with Christine – Monday thru Thursday ONLY. No weekends. Too busy.

Task 3 – Canopy Skills

This one section is so overlooked by most and one of the most important for your own survival and the safety of those around you. This is 100% YOUR responsibility. You can’t fake this. Take the time to get a coach or instructor to go over these with you. Read your SIM before hand. Plan on making 2-3 jumps where the instructor goes over them and watches you, some will even jump with you. Be prepared to pay for this time.

Pro Tip:

Make sure to start selecting a target. If you are not sure on how to go about this, consult an instructor or coach. If you do not select a target, you have no idea how accurate you are. Logging “IN” is for posers. Make sure to log your jumps and ACCURACY. Include wind speeds, wind direction, and meters to target. (Simply count full paces.) If you don’t pick a target, how can you measure how far you landed from it? Logging “IN” doesn’t cut it. Select a target. After making your stand up landing, walk to target and count your paces as meters. Then log them. You need 5 landings within 20 meters of target, so start working on accuracy now. No telling when you will land out and have to be accurate for your own safety.


What we offer:

Canopy Section Coaching & Sign Off – $100 plus tickets

  • All ground review
  • Emergency Review for one (1) of the 2 sign offs in section  6 Emergency Review
  • Pre jump canopy instruction
  • Accuracy training
  • Three jumps with instructor
  • Jump Reviews – Video Debrief
  • Coaching on stable exits with video review
  • All sign offs
  • More confidence in your canopy control skills, landing patterns

Task 4 – Aircraft and Spotting

This is a hard one to really get right. Most DZ’s are busy. The pilot is usually not available. And a lot of this stuff is in your SIM. So find it. Figure it out so you can get an instructor to sit down and go over it. This can be time consuming. You will need the full attention of an instructor or coach.


Pro Tip:

Best option is to actually learn to spot! Take a course where you get to actually spot the aircraft. Use the material in the SIM to actually calculate wind drift and cutaway canopy recovery. It’s all there in the SIM. Read it. Be ready for questions and to SHOW and TELL what you need to know.

What we offer:

Aircraft & Spotting Course $100 – minimum 3 people

*Requires advanced planning to secure plane and pilot

  • All info needed for sign offs
  • Actually get to spot a real airplane
  • Coaching on accuracy
  • Aircraft weight and balance
  • Local airport runway info
  • Meet the pilot

Task 5 – Exit & FreeFall

Coach jumps. 1, 2, 3, 4.  Three & Four could happen on the same dive. Make sure you get at a least a coach to help out with and witness these jumps. You can get some of your ground stuff signed off at the same time. Make sure to have someone witness the jumps. Don’t just say you did them and get them signed off. If you can’t exit stable at 3500 feet, you need to learn to do so before you get signed off. Anything else is a lie, inauthentic, and downright dangerous.


PRO Tip:

Work on this stuff on your own when you are jumping and save this section for near the end of your card. You can get all this signed off in one day if you work with a coach and instructor. Best bang for the buck is commit to this section for the day with one instructor. No matter who you work with make sure they make log book entries signed by a USPA rated coach or jump master.

What we offer:

Exit & FreeFalls Skills Camp $100 plus tickets

  • Three jumps with a coach
  • 2nd Emergency Procedure review needed for Section 6 Emergency Reviews
  • Video debriefs
  • Basic Body Flight Coaching
  • Tracking
  • Group Free Fall Dynamics and Safety


Task 6 – Emergency Review

This is rainy day stuff right here. And, you can get some of this done while you are paying a coach to jump with you and then you are ready for review and sign off by an instructor. Space the actual two emergency practice sessions for at least a week or two. Don’t cram them into two days. That’s not helping your retention.



Use one of the course days to sit down and get this done. If you do the courses offered you will have the EMP review done, all that is left is hazards. This can also be done with your buddies in a group on a rainy day.

Section 7 – Exam

This is time consuming. You must come prepared for your test. The oral exam is an overall discussion about everything you’ve done on your “A” card. The Test is simply that. Go study the “A” lic portion in your SIM. This concludes with a check dive with an instructor. You are to show everything you learned from the ground up. The check dive is a dive you plan, from arriving at the airport. You are totally in charge and must show your competency. That is:

  • Gear knowledge and checks
  • Your local operations
  • Weather
  • Aircraft operations
  • Ability to exit stable
  • Understand spotting
  • Line of flight
  • Cloud Clearances
  • Being stable in freefall and ability to get stable if you are not
  • Awareness of altitude
  • Ability to wave off
  • Track in a straight line
  • Open your parachute at predetermined altitude
  • Organize yourself and within a group of jumpers
  • Landing pattern
  • Canopy control
  • Accuracy
  • Stand up landing
  • Emergency procedures
  • Off airport landing knowledge. Etc.

The entire review is to know if you are competent enough to be released into the general population of jumpers. Remember. Your ability to be safe, to understand and apply, affects the safety of everyone else around you. This is not an inquisition. You are not required to be a robot. We understand you are learning. This is more of a review of skill, knowledge and competency. Do your due diligence and come prepared. Please refer to your SIM, FIRST.

And, be prepared. Do not show up with no SIM on your phone, no weather apps, or ability to know the winds, or fail to utilize any of the tools that have been given to you on this website.

Pro Tip:

You must obtain your membership to USPA before arriving for this exam as it is a requirement for your “A” license. Plan to spend some time. Do not arrive in a rush to go jumping. Thank you.



What We Offer:

“A” License Final Exam and Check Dive – $150

  • Written “A” License
  • Oral Exam
  • Check dive
  • Make sure everything is in order to send off to USPA


Remember Basic potential costs:

  • $65                   USPA Membership
  • $30                   License Application Fee
  • $30                   Plus jump ticket for Each Coach Jump
  • $20-30/hour     For Ground reviews
  • $150                 Plus jump ticket    –   Oral, Written Exam, Check Dive, and sign-offs

Comments or Questions? Drop them here and come back for your answers:


Don't Just Stand There, Say Something!

Pin It on Pinterest