What Can You Do With a Skydiving License

Whether you’re a newly licensed skydiver or someone considering taking the plunge, understanding what you can do with each level of licensure will help you understand what each license does and open the door to set goals for your skydiving future!


With your A license in hand, you’ve proven your proficiency in basic freefall and canopy maneuvers. Now, you have the freedom to jump with other licensed skydivers and explore different skydiving centers. Skydive Chicago welcomes A-license holders to join our vibrant community.. Whether you’re looking to perfect your skills, build camaraderie, or simply enjoy the thrill of the jump, there’s always something exciting happening at our dropzone.

When you earn a license, you can learn to angle fly - a popular discipline of skydiving. This is an angle group exiting at 13,500' over Skydive Chicago.


Earning your B license not only signifies your competence in skydiving but also unlocks a whole new realm of experiences. One of the B-license requirements is to partake in water training because some jumps happen near water, such as at an exotic event. At Skydive Chicago, we offer unique opportunities like our Castaway boogie in Puerto Rico, where you can dive into the Caribbean skies surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Additionally, B-license holders can partake in night jumps, conquer specialty aircraft like hot air balloons and helicopters, and even pursue a USPA coach rating after reaching 100 jumps. 

To earn your USPA B-license, you will need to take a canopy course. These are canopies landing at an event at Skydive Chicago.


For those seeking to push the boundaries of traditional skydiving, the C license is your ticket to new adventures. With this achievement, you can take into the awe inspiring wingsuit flying, capturing breathtaking footage with a camera during your jumps, and even pursue instructor ratings such as a Coach rating. Skydive Chicago offers support for C-license holders looking to elevate their skills and share their passion for the sport with others.

When you earn your C-license you can learn to fly a wingsuit. Wingsuit competitors exiting at Skydive Chicago.


As the pinnacle of skydiving achievement, the D license opens doors to becoming a true ambassador for the sport. Whether you aspire to guide newcomers through their first tandem jumps as a tandem instructor or mentor aspiring skydivers through AFF instruction, the D license is your gateway to making a lasting impact on the skydiving community. Skydive Chicago offers courses and mentorship programs for D-license holders looking to pursue instructor ratings and take their skydiving journey to the next level.

A solo skydiving student dirt diving the jump at the mockup at Skydive Chicago

Earning your skydiving license is just the beginning of an extraordinary adventure. With each level of licensure, you’ll unlock new opportunities to soar, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and push the boundaries of what’s possible in the skies. Whether you’re drawn to the thrill of freefall, the serenity of canopy flight, or the camaraderie of the skydiving community, Skydive Chicago is here to support you every step of the way. So, gear up, take the leap, and discover the endless possibilities that await you in the exhilarating world of skydiving.


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