The Solo Certificate is the first step in becoming a licensed skydiver. It allows the skydiver to jump by themself without direct supervision of an Instructor. The skydiver will have demonstrated an ability to plan and conduct a safe skydive through the tasks completed below.
The holder of a Solo Certificate may:
• Participate in solo skydives
• Participate in 1:1 RW training with a Coach 2 for the 2-way RW endorsement.
• Participate at Provincial and National Competitions (in qualified disciplines).
During student skydiver progression, all students will be under the care and attention of a licenced, certified CSPA instructor. All levels include on-going training including but not limited to gear inspections, weather assessments, aircraft spotting, exit/freefall techniques and landing/canopy accuracy techniques. Training is individual and is often adapted for each student. Focus is always on what is needed for the individual. Safety will always come first.
The three main objectives of your first jump are:
1. Having a stable body position;
2. Respond correctly to signals from the instructor;
3. Have good awareness of the altitude to know when to open your parachute.
-Understanding of weather + its effects of a parachute
-Aircraft seating + loading
-Rear riser turns
-Assisted + Unassisted landings
-And much, much, more...
During student skydiver progression, all students will be under the care and attention of a licensed, certified CSPA instructor. All levels include on-going training including but not limited to gear inspections, weather assessments, aircraft spotting, exit/freefall techniques and landing/canopy accuracy techniques. Training is individual and is often adapted for each student. Focus is always on what is needed for the individual. Safety will always come first.
The "A" Cop is the first level in the Certificate of Proficiency recognized internationally.
The holder of a Class A Certificate of Proficiency may:
-Participate in 2 ways with a B CoP holder experienced in that discipline (minimum of 100 jumps and Coach 2 approval).
-Participate in intentional night and water jumps, once briefed and signed off by an SSE as per section 3.17 (PIM 1).
-Verify by signature and CoP #, witnessed jumps by other certified skydivers
Note: Prior to participating in 2-way formation skydiving the individual must be in possession of the A CoP.
-Performed the 5 jumps required for completion of the 2-way RW endorsement
-Completed the Sport Canopy "A" Endorsement
-Completed 10 self-guided accuracy landings to within 30 m of target.
-Under canopy, demonstrated a 360 front riser spiral (above 2000 ft)
-Under canopy, demonstrated a 360 rear riser spiral (above 2000 ft)
-Under canopy, demonstrated a rear riser flare (above 2000 ft)
-Under canopy, demonstrate a canopy stall and recovery (above 2000 ft)
-Completed the Main Packing Endorsement
-Completed the Emergency Procedures Review A
-Completed 25 jumps and accumulated 10 min FF time
-Achieved a pass mark of a least 80% on a written exam
The holder of a Class B Certificate of Proficiency may participate in:
- Group formation skydiving activities
- Group night jumps, once briefed and signed off by an SSE.
-A CSPA Coach 1 course
- A CSPA Rigger A course
-Completed 15 - 2 ways since A CoP, in the horizontal configuration
-Performed a Figure 8 in the “on back” or “sit position” (+/- 45°)
-Performed a maneuver series, consisting of right 360 turn, left 360 turn, front-loop, backloop, right barrel roll, left barrel roll in less than 16 sec.
-Performed the 3 evaluation jumps and completed the Group RW endorsement
-Completed 10 self-directed accuracy jumps demonstrating line and angle control during a landing approach, and landing within 15 meters of target
-Completed the Sport Canopy "B" Endorsement
-Completed the Emergency Procedures Review B
-Completed 50 jumps and accumulated 30 min FF time
-Achieved a pass mark of at least 80% on the written exam administered by a CSPA Certificate Administrator.
The holder of a "C" CoP may:
-Qualify for the position of DZ safety officer
-Qualify for an EJR, having met the prerequisites
-5 FS 4 way jumps with 5 or more completed formations within 35 sec of exit using a minimum of 4 different FAI formations per jump
-Style Cross series in less than 13 seconds
-Freefly series in less than 16 seconds (From the sit, back-loop, front-loop, 360 right turn, 360 left turn, cartwheel right, cartwheel left)
-Less than 15 cm scored on an electronic scoring pad on 5 precision accuracy jumps
-5 CF 4 way jumps with 4 rotations (5 points) within 2 min 30 sec of aircraft exit
-Performed 10 self-guided standup accuracy jumps within 10 meters of the target
-Demonstrate Canopy skills appropriate for a C Cop
-Completed the Emergency Procedures Review C
-Completed 200 jumps and accumulated 60 min FF time
-Achieved a pass mark of a least 80% on a written exam administered by a CSPA SSE
The holder of a "D" CoP may:
-Participate in a CSPA Course Facilitator Training Seminar
-Choose not to wear protective headwear, with the permission of the DZ Operator, as long as not in the Coach/Instructor role
-On 5 FS 4 way jumps, score 7 points within 35 seconds of using a minimum of 5 different FAI formations per jump
-Style series in less than 11.5 seconds, including penalties
-2 way freefly with interactive camera consisting of exit move, spock, monkeyflip, spock, eagle, transition, dock, transition, dock, end move in 40 seconds or less
-Completed 15 consecutive pre-planned canopy standup landings to within 2 meters of a target
-5 CF 4 way jumps with 8 rotations within 2 min 30 sec of aircraft exit
-Less than 5 cm scored on an electronic scoring pad on 5 precision accuracy jumps
-Completed 10 consecutive pre-planned canopy standup landings to within 5 meters of a target
-Demonstrate Canopy skills appropriate for a D Cop
-Completed 500 jumps and accumulated 180 minutes (3 hr) of freefall time
-Achieved a pass mark of a least 80% on a written exam administered by a CSPA Certificate Administrator
The evaluations for this CoP are completed by the Signing Officer listed for the appropriate task. These requirements must be witnessed and signed in the logbook by the Coach/Instructor who has the proper rating. During processing of the application, the logbook entries are reviewed with special attention being paid to the specific practical qualifications for this certificate.
All practical skills for this certificate must be achieved prior to writing the "B" CoP exam.
The endorsements required for this certificate are: Group RW Sport Canopy "B" Emergency Procedure Review "B" These endorsements will be tested by either written testing, verbal questioning and/or practical testing, or a combination of these. All endorsements for this certificate must be obtained prior to writing the "B" CoP exam. If your log book does not have an endorsement card, a stick-in page can be obtained from your member group or the CSPA office.
The technical knowledge evaluated for this CoP is done during the written examination. Please check the study guide for this CoP to help with exam preparation.
How to Apply
Contact a Certificate Administrator, so as to determine if requirements and qualifications have been met, prior to applying for a CoP. Each member group normally has at least one SSE.