Instructor Assisted Deployment – Category A



License Progression Program (IAD)

Minimum age 18 – Maximum weight 220 – Weight must be reasonably proportional


IAD stands for “Instructor-Assisted Deployment” and is a method of training where the instructor initiates deployment of the student’s parachute as the student jumps from the plane.


IAD training and the first jump can often be accomplished the same day. The USPA Online Ground School, while not a course that can be used as complete training, provides valuable information for first-time jumpers and is a great refresher for all students. Although the freefall portion is specific to the AFF training method, it also includes videos and sections on skydiving equipment, canopy flight and landing, emergency procedures relevant to all training methods.

How Does It Work?  

Assisted during climbout by the USPA IAD Instructor, the student exits the aircraft solo with the parachute deploying immediately. Exit and opening occur at 4,500 feet, then the student pilots the parachute to the landing area.


Around $100 less than AFF and about the same as tandem.

Category A

  • Two tandems are required to start IAD
  • Includes six hours of Ground Instruction
  • Minimum age is 18 – Maximum weight is 220
  • This is the first skydive in our License Progression Program.