Worried about how to learn to skydive alone? At the minimum, you need an 8-hour ground school class. Then you can sign up for AFF and jump with your parachute and two instructors. They will help to keep you stable in free fall. At the full time, you’ll fly and land your parachute solo. If you pass your AFF course in 7 jumps, on your 8th jump, you can be cleared for solo status and jump on your own; under restrictions, though.
I would highly recommend not doing it that way, though. At a minimum, do at least two tandem jumps, and if there’s an indoor skydiving facility in your area, get at least 20–30 minutes of tunnel time learning to fly on your belly. Then do AFF.
Pro-tip: tandems if logged count towards your ‘A’ license, which allows you to jump (almost) anywhere with other license holders. The minimum jump requirements for an ‘A’ license is 25 jumps.
How Much Is It Safe?
Very safe, although it does seem riskier than many sports out there, mainly because it’s pretty counterintuitive to jump out of an airplane. The risk factor for someone going on a tandem skydive that is a person who is not a skydiver attached to a highly skilled instructor is deficient. I can think of only one instance where a tandem student (passenger) was dead in an accident, and that was several years ago.
Students that is those learning to skydive on their own are also in a shallow risk pool. Students fly huge and docile canopies; their parachutes are the equivalent of driving a large family sedan; cushy, comfortable, and safe. Novices, those with less than one-hundred jumps, also tend to be in a lower risk pool.
Ironically, it is the skilled skydivers with advanced licenses that are in a higher risk pool. Often the case is pushing a skillset too far too fast. In other words, people are performing manurers that are outside their ability too soon. In these instances, people miscalculate landings and hit the ground hard, which tends to be fatal. People downsize too quickly, going from a more massive, more docile canopy to a smaller and aggressive canopy. Imagine passing drivers’ education and stepping right into an 800 horsepower car, chances are it wouldn’t end very good.
How To Learn To Skydive Alone? Possibilities Of Accidents
Skydiving accidents don’t necessarily happen due to one error per se. Usually, it is a series of issues that lead to a crash. Each opportunity that is missed to correct something less than safe increases the chance for injury or death.
If you are asking this question because you are interested in trying skydiving, I can say it is worth the “risk.” Selecting a reputable dropzone, ideally, a USPA affiliated one is a good idea as they must meet a certain level of standards to become affiliates. The people who are instructors and coaches in the sport have a deep passion to promote the game as safe. It is in everyone’s best interest that the competition conducts as safe as possible. Blue Skies!