Learn to Skydive

Jump into the coolest sport on planet earth!

Earning an “A-license” is one of the most challenging, exhilarating & re-warding achievements in life - one you can do here at Skydive 35! We follow the industry standard United States Parachute Association (USPA) Accelerated Free Fall program, a proven step-by-step method that reinforces safe habits and takes you to your “A-license” in 25-30 jumps. While the length of time and total cost will vary with each student, we recommend budgeting around $1,999 to complete the training.

Training details

Skydive solo after going through our A-license AFF skydive course

The process

In order to ensure your safety and the safety of others as you skydive, you must complete your A-License. The A-License means you can jump with other people safely, land a parachute correctly, and perform basic flying maneuvers.

First you will start with our Tandem Progression training program. This gets you comfortable in the sky, trained on emergency procedures within a classroom environment so that you can perform the basics.

It is important that you learn how to fly stable before instructors can let you go in the sky.

Tandem Progression training program

1st Tandem Skydive: $229 ($219 cash)
2nd Tandem Skydive: $199
*After you have completed your tandems, you will then proceed to the Accelerated Freefall Training Program
*$550 non-refundable deposit required to begin course. This includes your "A" and "B" jumps.
Before signing up for the class, visit USPA.org to become a USPA member.

AFF—Accelerated Freefall Training Program

Ground School and Category “A” AFF Skydive: $350
Category "B": $200
Category “C” through “G”: $150 each

After successfully completing and passing the first seven skydives, you are then cleared for solo skydives. An additional 18 skydives are required to satisfy your “A” license proficiency card to receive your “A” license. On average it takes $2,000-$2,500 to complete all requirements and receive your “A” license.

In the Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) method, your first jump will be from around two miles up, wearing rented gear. One USPA instructor will be holding onto you in free- fall. You check your altimeter and deploy your chute at the designated altitude. Prior to your jump, you must pass a first jump course. Plan on at least 8 hours of hands-on, personalized instruction to get fully prepared. You’ll learn how to exit, fall stable, monitor altitude, understand your instructors hand signals, adjust body position, deploy your parachute, recognize and respond to any malfunction, find the airport, plan your decent, fly a common landing pattern and land safely.
Turning left & right, and moving forward through the sky with one instructor holding onto you while you are in freefall giving you immediate feedback with hand signals, helping perfect your techniques.
In this series of jumps, your instructor lets go of you as you practice holding heading, falling steady & smooth.
Solo turns in freefall, other ways to turn and fly your parachute.
Barrel rolls, back loops, front loops, getting stable regardless of altitude, parachute stalls, & more.
Zooming away from other jumpers in freefall quickly so to deploy your chute safely; directing aircraft to the exit point.
Fundamentals of flying in formation with others, adjusting & matching fall rate, moving in close, docking on other jumpers, maximum performance parachute turns.


Hillsboro Municipal Airport
1000 Airport Boulevard, Hillsboro, Texas 76645