Upcoming 2024 Rookie Events


A monthly event for those who’ve just earned their license at 25 jumps to 250 jumps from any DZ! This club is geared towards building skills, making friends and having fun. 

Registration: FREE + Jump Tickets

April 20-21
May 18-19
June 29-30
July 20-21
August 24-25
September 21-22
October 12-13

beginner skydivers in a star formation above Skydive Chicago

Canopy Courses

Canopy education is an important skill to perfect in this sport. USPA A-licensed skydivers working towards the next license, B, also must go through more canopy control skills. Skydive Chicago hosts several courses, but those specific to rookies and those wanting to fulfill the B-license requirements are by USPA Courses and Alter Ego and their course details are as follows: 

USPA Courses

Instructor: Kacey Crippin

Course Review: Building knowledge and safety during canopy flight. Instructors will review your current descent and landing procedures and coaching is tailored to help you improve your current skill set. This includes introducing new concepts and providing specialized practice drills and video of each landing with thorough debriefs. 

Registration: $250

Registration Link

May 26
August 9
September 27
October TBD

Solo skydiving student flying a parachute at Skydive Chicago

Alter Ego Silver Courses

Instructor: Dan Adams

Course Review: We are excited to continue to educate skydivers all over the world on safe canopy piloting! It doesn’t matter what skill level you are at, we have a course that will work for you! If you don’t fit into our regular curriculum, we will customize the coaching to fit your needs.

  • Sharpen your pattern & landings
  • Complete your USPA B-License canopy card 
  • Learn & practice different inputs to control your canopy in any condition
  • Refine the basics or work on advanced canopy piloting

Registration: $195

Registration Link

June 21
July 19
August 23

Water Training

Water training is one of the prerequisites needed for your USPA B-License. The purpose of water training is to improve chances of survival if an unintentional water landing happens. A short ground training and simulated water landing experience. 

Water training in 2024 will be after B-license canopy course on the same day!

Where: Swimming Pond
Time: 6pm*
Bring: Logbook, swimwear, towel, and your personal rig for dry practice
Cost: $45

Registration Link

*Start time may be pushed back during long summer days June-August

May 26
June 21
July 19
August 9
August 23
September 27

Skydiving student ground preparation at Skydive Chicago

Coach Courses

The Coach Rating is the first type of instructional rating through USPA. How is this a rookie event? It is a great review for basic concepts and an opportunity to build skills in a structured way. 

Instructor: Angie Aargon


  • Must be a current USPA member
  • At least 18 years of age
  • USPA B license or higher
  • Minimum of 100 jumps

For more information and to register check out this link

May 31-June 2
Sept 6-8


Come learn and practice this critical skill for jumpers with 25-200 jumps. MUST attend the morning workshop briefing each day to participate.a
Coach: Wiktoria Palacios

Registration: FREE

July 13-14
August 10-11
September 7-8
October 5-6

Mid Season Safety Day

Safety Day should be everyday, not just an event at the beginning of the season. Mid Season Safety Day is an opportunity to reconnect and to curb currency complacency, or even to brush up. 

Date: Saturday, July 13th

When/Where: 8p at the Tiki Hut

Course Review: This event gives everyone a chance to review safety in the midst of the season, bring up those questions that you may not have had earlier in the season, and win prizes!

Skydivers at Safety Day at Skydive Chicago

World Skydiving Day

Skydive Chicago is excited to be partnered with the national organization, the United States Parachute Association for World Skydiving Day! This inaugural event is being held at partnering skydiving centers around the world. Anyone who makes a skydive on July 13th, 2024 is eligible for a Guinness World Record. 

Registration: FREE (just your jump tickets)

Date: Saturday, July 13th



This is the Nationals for beginning skydivers! All rookie skydivers from any dropzone are welcome to participate in this 3-way scrambles style competition.

The winner will take home a Rookiefest Trophy that will give the DZ bragging rights that they produce the best students!

We invite jumpers from all dropzones to participate. At the end of the first day join us for a brief seminar on topics that cover gear, canopy, exits, safety, competitive skydiving, formation skydiving and more! In the evening come to our famous Tiki bar to enjoy dinner and drinks.

Rookie skydivers can participate in up to two Rookiefest Competitions, provided they meet either of these criteria:
• Less than 200 total jumps OR
• Less than 2 years in the sport as a Rookie

Registration is now open!

$70 if you register before 8/22

$85 if you register 8/22 or later

This year we are super stoked for the event to overlap with the International Skydiver Hall of Fame Celebration, so come meet the legends of our sport.
B-license canopy course and water training available Friday September 27th.


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