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General

Is Parachuting/Skydiving Dangerous?

The simple answer is YES!
However with the experience and training available to PAI members, the risks are minimised to the smallest level possible.
Nonetheless there is ALWAYS A RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

What type of First Jump can I make?

Student Skydivers can make a Tandem jump, a solo Static Line jump or an AFF jump.

TANDEM Jumps require a short period of training as the Tandem Master does most of the work during the jump, which will typically be from a height above 10,000 ft.

SOLO STATIC LINE jumps require a full day’s training. The jump is made from 3,500ft. and the jumper is in sole control of the descent, usually guided by radio from the ground.

AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) jump requires a full day’s training and is typically made from above 10,000ft freefalling to 4,500ft with one or two AFF Instructors by your side.

Do I have to do a Tandem before doing a Solo Jump?

No. The Solo jump course can train you to make your first descent without ever having made a Tandem Jump.

How is the National Association funded?

All PAI members pay annual membership fees, and this is the sole source of funding for the PAI.

Does the PAI fund or sponsor jumpers?

The PAI sponsors Specialist Training/Instruction Courses for its members by both contributing funding (or part-funding) for these courses or by way of grant in aid to jumpers who may have to travel abroad to acquire specialist training, or to be involved in International competitions.

With the sole exception of Student Skydiver members of the PAI, any other member seeking a grant (of any description) must be a paid-up PAI member for at least the previous two years (consecutively), preceding the year of the grant application.

Student Skydiver members may be eligible to claim a small grant in relation to the jump costs involved in successfully completing their “Six Jump Course”.

How do I renew my annual PAI membership?

All members must renew their membership online – online
Please ensure to pay the appropriate annual membership fee, and remember that instructor ratings are charged in addition to (and subject to) annual membership fee.

How can I pay for my annual PAI membership/renewal?

We accept online payments via PayPal after you complete your membership application form online.

A PayPal account is NOT required by the applicant, PayPal also processes traditional credit/debit cards.

Payments MUST be made in Euro (€) currency only.

Who keeps documents relating to my licences and ratings?

You do!

Each member is responsible for safely keeping any and all original documents that proves that licences/ratings are valid. The PAI will require scans of original documents from each applicant, and accepts them (in good faith) as being true and accurate representations of the originals. Scans will be held electronically (as per GDPR rules) but it is up to each member to hold (and be able to produce) ALL paper originals if required.

What is rating ``equivalency``?

Where a member holds a current rating (from a Foreign, but FAI affiliated national skydiving body) in a particular skydiving discipline that is very similar in all respects to a corresponding PAI rating, then it may be possible to have the PAI equivalent rating awarded to the member. Each application for rating equivalency is considered by the PAI Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis. The foreign rating must be current at the time the Board of Directors consider it for equivalency – if the rating has lapsed, it will not be considered.

Further questions or queries?

If you have any other queries then please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact page. We will endeavour to respond promptly. If you have a question that you feel is missing or not fully answered in this section, we encourage you to contact us by using our online contact form.

Section

PAI Grant

Is Parachuting/Skydiving Dangerous?

The simple answer is YES!
However with the experience and training available to PAI members, the risks are minimised to the smallest level possible.
Nonetheless there is ALWAYS A RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

What type of First Jump can I make?

Student Skydivers can make a Tandem jump, a solo Static Line jump or an AFF jump.

TANDEM Jumps require a short period of training as the Tandem Master does most of the work during the jump, which will typically be from a height above 10,000 ft.

SOLO STATIC LINE jumps require a full day’s training. The jump is made from 3,500ft. and the jumper is in sole control of the descent, usually guided by radio from the ground.

AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) jump requires a full day’s training and is typically made from above 10,000ft freefalling to 4,500ft with one or two AFF Instructors by your side.

Do I have to do a Tandem before doing a Solo Jump?

No. The Solo jump course can train you to make your first descent without ever having made a Tandem Jump.

How is the National Association funded?

All PAI members pay annual membership fees, and this is the sole source of funding for the PAI.

Does the PAI fund or sponsor jumpers?

The PAI sponsors Specialist Training/Instruction Courses for its members by both contributing funding (or part-funding) for these courses or by way of grant in aid to jumpers who may have to travel abroad to acquire specialist training, or to be involved in International competitions.

With the sole exception of Student Skydiver members of the PAI, any other member seeking a grant (of any description) must be a paid-up PAI member for at least the previous two years (consecutively), preceding the year of the grant application.

Student Skydiver members may be eligible to claim a small grant in relation to the jump costs involved in successfully completing their “Six Jump Course”.

How do I renew my annual PAI membership?

All members must renew their membership online – online
Please ensure to pay the appropriate annual membership fee, and remember that instructor ratings are charged in addition to (and subject to) annual membership fee.

How can I pay for my annual PAI membership/renewal?

We accept online payments via PayPal after you complete your membership application form online.

A PayPal account is NOT required by the applicant, PayPal also processes traditional credit/debit cards.

Payments MUST be made in Euro (€) currency only.

Who keeps documents relating to my licences and ratings?

You do!

Each member is responsible for safely keeping any and all original documents that proves that licences/ratings are valid. The PAI will require scans of original documents from each applicant, and accepts them (in good faith) as being true and accurate representations of the originals. Scans will be held electronically (as per GDPR rules) but it is up to each member to hold (and be able to produce) ALL paper originals if required.

What is rating ``equivalency``?

Where a member holds a current rating (from a Foreign, but FAI affiliated national skydiving body) in a particular skydiving discipline that is very similar in all respects to a corresponding PAI rating, then it may be possible to have the PAI equivalent rating awarded to the member. Each application for rating equivalency is considered by the PAI Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis. The foreign rating must be current at the time the Board of Directors consider it for equivalency – if the rating has lapsed, it will not be considered.

Further questions or queries?

If you have any other queries then please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact page. We will endeavour to respond promptly. If you have a question that you feel is missing or not fully answered in this section, we encourage you to contact us by using our online contact form.

Section

Membership

Is Parachuting/Skydiving Dangerous?

The simple answer is YES!
However with the experience and training available to PAI members, the risks are minimised to the smallest level possible.
Nonetheless there is ALWAYS A RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

What type of First Jump can I make?

Student Skydivers can make a Tandem jump, a solo Static Line jump or an AFF jump.

TANDEM Jumps require a short period of training as the Tandem Master does most of the work during the jump, which will typically be from a height above 10,000 ft.

SOLO STATIC LINE jumps require a full day’s training. The jump is made from 3,500ft. and the jumper is in sole control of the descent, usually guided by radio from the ground.

AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) jump requires a full day’s training and is typically made from above 10,000ft freefalling to 4,500ft with one or two AFF Instructors by your side.

Do I have to do a Tandem before doing a Solo Jump?

No. The Solo jump course can train you to make your first descent without ever having made a Tandem Jump.

How is the National Association funded?

All PAI members pay annual membership fees, and this is the sole source of funding for the PAI.

Does the PAI fund or sponsor jumpers?

The PAI sponsors Specialist Training/Instruction Courses for its members by both contributing funding (or part-funding) for these courses or by way of grant in aid to jumpers who may have to travel abroad to acquire specialist training, or to be involved in International competitions.

With the sole exception of Student Skydiver members of the PAI, any other member seeking a grant (of any description) must be a paid-up PAI member for at least the previous two years (consecutively), preceding the year of the grant application.

Student Skydiver members may be eligible to claim a small grant in relation to the jump costs involved in successfully completing their “Six Jump Course”.

How do I renew my annual PAI membership?

All members must renew their membership online – online
Please ensure to pay the appropriate annual membership fee, and remember that instructor ratings are charged in addition to (and subject to) annual membership fee.

How can I pay for my annual PAI membership/renewal?

We accept online payments via PayPal after you complete your membership application form online.

A PayPal account is NOT required by the applicant, PayPal also processes traditional credit/debit cards.

Payments MUST be made in Euro (€) currency only.

Who keeps documents relating to my licences and ratings?

You do!

Each member is responsible for safely keeping any and all original documents that proves that licences/ratings are valid. The PAI will require scans of original documents from each applicant, and accepts them (in good faith) as being true and accurate representations of the originals. Scans will be held electronically (as per GDPR rules) but it is up to each member to hold (and be able to produce) ALL paper originals if required.

What is rating ``equivalency``?

Where a member holds a current rating (from a Foreign, but FAI affiliated national skydiving body) in a particular skydiving discipline that is very similar in all respects to a corresponding PAI rating, then it may be possible to have the PAI equivalent rating awarded to the member. Each application for rating equivalency is considered by the PAI Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis. The foreign rating must be current at the time the Board of Directors consider it for equivalency – if the rating has lapsed, it will not be considered.

Further questions or queries?

If you have any other queries then please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact page. We will endeavour to respond promptly. If you have a question that you feel is missing or not fully answered in this section, we encourage you to contact us by using our online contact form.

Section

Rating

Is Parachuting/Skydiving Dangerous?

The simple answer is YES!
However with the experience and training available to PAI members, the risks are minimised to the smallest level possible.
Nonetheless there is ALWAYS A RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

What type of First Jump can I make?

Student Skydivers can make a Tandem jump, a solo Static Line jump or an AFF jump.

TANDEM Jumps require a short period of training as the Tandem Master does most of the work during the jump, which will typically be from a height above 10,000 ft.

SOLO STATIC LINE jumps require a full day’s training. The jump is made from 3,500ft. and the jumper is in sole control of the descent, usually guided by radio from the ground.

AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) jump requires a full day’s training and is typically made from above 10,000ft freefalling to 4,500ft with one or two AFF Instructors by your side.

Do I have to do a Tandem before doing a Solo Jump?

No. The Solo jump course can train you to make your first descent without ever having made a Tandem Jump.

How is the National Association funded?

All PAI members pay annual membership fees, and this is the sole source of funding for the PAI.

Does the PAI fund or sponsor jumpers?

The PAI sponsors Specialist Training/Instruction Courses for its members by both contributing funding (or part-funding) for these courses or by way of grant in aid to jumpers who may have to travel abroad to acquire specialist training, or to be involved in International competitions.

With the sole exception of Student Skydiver members of the PAI, any other member seeking a grant (of any description) must be a paid-up PAI member for at least the previous two years (consecutively), preceding the year of the grant application.

Student Skydiver members may be eligible to claim a small grant in relation to the jump costs involved in successfully completing their “Six Jump Course”.

How do I renew my annual PAI membership?

All members must renew their membership online – online
Please ensure to pay the appropriate annual membership fee, and remember that instructor ratings are charged in addition to (and subject to) annual membership fee.

How can I pay for my annual PAI membership/renewal?

We accept online payments via PayPal after you complete your membership application form online.

A PayPal account is NOT required by the applicant, PayPal also processes traditional credit/debit cards.

Payments MUST be made in Euro (€) currency only.

Who keeps documents relating to my licences and ratings?

You do!

Each member is responsible for safely keeping any and all original documents that proves that licences/ratings are valid. The PAI will require scans of original documents from each applicant, and accepts them (in good faith) as being true and accurate representations of the originals. Scans will be held electronically (as per GDPR rules) but it is up to each member to hold (and be able to produce) ALL paper originals if required.

What is rating ``equivalency``?

Where a member holds a current rating (from a Foreign, but FAI affiliated national skydiving body) in a particular skydiving discipline that is very similar in all respects to a corresponding PAI rating, then it may be possible to have the PAI equivalent rating awarded to the member. Each application for rating equivalency is considered by the PAI Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis. The foreign rating must be current at the time the Board of Directors consider it for equivalency – if the rating has lapsed, it will not be considered.

Further questions or queries?

If you have any other queries then please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact page. We will endeavour to respond promptly. If you have a question that you feel is missing or not fully answered in this section, we encourage you to contact us by using our online contact form.

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