The Student Progression program is a great way to learn to skydive and continues on from what you learnt on the FTJ course. First you complete the Static Line Progression program, which is three static line jumps followed by five dummy ripcord jumps (DRPs), a total of 8 jumps including your first jump. A DRP is exactly the same as a static line jump except you refine your skills and simulate deploying the canopy yourself.
Next you start the Freefall Progression program which consists of 15 separate tests, starting with a jump with a delay of three seconds before you pull up to the final spin test where you show you can regain your stability while falling. Whoooaaa, let’s go back a bit. Did you see that your ninth jump includes some freefall time? This officially makes you a skydiver! Time to parteeeee… In total the Student Progression program is 24 jumps, by which time you are nine freefall jumps away from being able to attempt the PASA A-License. On completion you’re signed off as a graduate skydiver.
Who’s paying attention? If Static Line Progression is 8 jumps and Freefall Progression is 15 tests, shouldn’t that be 23 jumps? That’s because you have to do the 10 second delay jump twice.