This is the fundamental entry level USPA Instructor rating. It will be the foundation that you will build upon while you obtain all of your other ratings. This course will give you the basic tools and understanding needed to instruct general skydiving concepts. This course also teaches coaches how to teach group freefall skills and teach new students how to build upon their newly developed skill sets.

The course focuses on adult learning principles, teaching techniques and understanding the ISP, as well as applying useful strategies to be successful in applying and teaching skydiving to novice students.



  1. Conduct training in the non-method-specific portions of the skydiving ground school:
    1. Equipment familiarization as it pertains to the first jump
    2. Basic canopy control
    3. Parachute emergency procedures
    4. Landings and landing emergencies (obstacles)
    5. Aircraft emergencies for students cleared to freefall self-supervision and who have completed the Category E aircraft briefing in the USPA Integrated Student Program
  2. Teach the general portions of transition training for students changing from tandem to solo methods.
  3. Conduct group freefall skills training and jumps with students who have been cleared by a USPA Instructor.
  4. Make gripped exits with students during group freefall skills jumps.
  5. Supervise recurrency jumps with licensed skydivers.
  6. Supervise static-line and IAD students beginning in Category C after each student demonstrates a successful clear and pull:
    1. All ground training must be performed by an appropriately rated instructor.
    2. The student must be trained by an instructor to independently handle aircraft emergencies.
  7. All student training and recurrency jumps with a USPA Coach are conducted under the supervision of a current and appropriately rated USPA Instructor.


To participate in a USPA Coach Course you will need the following:

    Current USPA membership
    Minimum of 100 jumps
    Have the required topics signed off on the Coach Proficiency Card prior to the course
    Have completed your written exam
    Have the USPA SIM and IRM - You need to have a current SIM and IRM for the course. (Within 24 months) Ordered from USPA


Have your Proficiency Card: You need to have this card filled out in all the required areas before showing up at the course. It is a good idea to attend as many FJC's and observe some of your seasoned instructors teach the ISP and see how they apply it. You can find this card in the back of the IRM or download it from the USPA, be sure to have the required areas signed off, most of the topics on the card will be covered by or signed by the Coach Course Director or evaluator.


You must complete the required test prior to arriving to the course. The Coach written exam is located in the back of the IRM along with the answer sheet. You must have a passing score is 80% before the start of the actual course and it will be graded before day one. It is an open book test where you will have to use and read the SIMS and IRM - if you do not bring your test you must score 100% at the course. Have your SIMS and IRM: Books need to be no older than 2 years old.




Gain the knowledge to be a great coach.


Coaches must show dedication


Safety is the number one priority as a coach.