Getting Licensed

What Happens After AFF

Getting a Licence

Obtaining a ‘licence’ means that you are a qualified skydiver and that you have completed the AFF course itself. Now due to each country’s own skydiving federation having differing requirements in order to obtain a licence, we will work with you to ensure we are sending you home having fulfilled as many of these requirements as we possibly can.

For skydiving students from the UK – If you would like a British Parachute Association A-License, we have expertise in this area.

British Parachute Association

The requirements for the BPA A-Licence are covered by our Platinum package

  • Successful completion of AFF Levels 1 – 7
  • Successful completion of AFF Level 8 (low altitude exit)
  • 10 consolidation jumps (solo jumps supervised in the aircraft)
  • Canopy Handling Grade One (CH1) theory, practical exercises and written test.


On your return to the UK you can take your signed A-Licence application form and send this off to the British Parachute Association along with a photo and £10 application fee. You will also need BPA membership to apply and to jump in the UK.

United States Parachute Association

The United States Parachute Association is recognised worldwide and should you want to apply for the USPA A-License, all our instructors are USPA rated and can take you through the full application process.

Our Expert package is ideal for the USPA licence and we recommend 10-14 days for your skydiving holiday in Portugal to include:

  • Successful completion of AFF Levels 1 – 7
  • Successful completion of AFF Level 8 (low altitude exit)
  • 12 consolidation jumps (solo jumps supervised in the aircraft)
  • 5 FS Coached jumps, which include learning ‘swoop to pin’, ‘break off and track’ from a group of experienced skydivers
  • Canopy skills practical exercises
  • Equipment Skills, Aircraft and Spotting Skills, Emergency Review
  • Endorsement by USPA Instructor on USPA A-License Proficiency Card.

Portuguese nationals being taught AFF in Portuguese language

Portuguese nationals will be trained by our FPPQ (Federação Portuguesa de Paraquedismo) approved AFF school and can apply for an FPPQ A-Licence following the same package as the USPA A-Licence please see our Portuguese language page for full details.

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