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Skydiving instructor: requirements & salaries

To be an instructor, it is necessary to meet the following requirements:

  • be of legal age (18 years)
  • must have completed 500 air jumps
  • have three years of skydiving experience
  • have a driver’s license or foreign correspondent
  • must hold FAA level 3 medical certificate or equivalent
  • experienced an emergency or cutaway situation
  • experienced a four hours freefall time

Skydiving instructor’s salaries differ with location. In Florida, salary ranges between $39,113 and $48,207. In California, salary ranges between $46,070 to $56,782. However, a consensus on skydiving instructor salary falls between $18,000 and $30,000 per year.

How long does it take to become an instructor?

To be an instructor, you must complete a minimum of 500 jumps and have about 3 years of experience. So, you can bet that your skydiving instructors have lots of passion for what they are doing. 

How many times do you have to jump before you can instruct?

You will have to jump at least 500 times to be an instructor. Are you ready to take the challenge? Do you have the persistence to do 500 jumps and beyond? 

How much does the skydiving staff make?

Generally, parachuting instructors make between $18,000 and $30,000 per year.

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