Learn To Skydive

Learn To Skydive

Become A Skydiver!

The First Jump Course is not required for a tandem skydive ~ a tandem skydive is the quickest and easiest way for you to experience freefall and the thrill of skydiving.   To book your tandem skydive, call or email us.

If you want to become a licensed skydiver,  Skydive East Tennessee offers you the most advanced and highest quality training with a modern approach to customized skydiving instruction. We are the only United States Parachute Association Training Center in East Tennessee.


We tailor activities and progression to suit your needs. Our staff are USPA rated in all contemporary methods of skydiving.

Our programs cover the skills and jump requirements to obtain a license from the United States Parachute Association. Your price includes one-on-one instruction, equipment rental and the jump itself just outside of Knoxville, TN.

Minimum Age is 18 years,
Maximum Weight is 200 pounds. No overweight allowances allowed.


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AFF – Accelerated Free Fall Training


You exit the aircraft with two certified AFF Instructors and freefall together for 30 to 50 seconds, depending upon jump altitude, typically 12,000 feet.   Instructors maintain grips on your harness to provide in-air instruction and assist with stability if necessary.  Then you open your own parachute by 4,000 feet and pilot it to the landing area while enjoying views of the the scenic Smoky Mountains and Douglas Lake.

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The first step to becoming a skydiver is ground school: The First Jump Course.  It is approximately 6 hours. By appointment only, we usually offer the First Jump Course on Friday evenings but times and dates vary so call for available class dates and times.

AFF Package: We offer a discounted rate for those students wishing to pay up front in full for the AFF portion of their A-license. Click here for more details!

The First Jump Course $75  not including skydives.  You will learn about the equipment used, how we control our bodies in freefall, how to handle freefall and parachute emergencies, and how to fly and land a square parachute.   At the drop zone, we will cover airplane safety, and we will practice the actual skydive on the ground before we jump. Your first skydive takes a lot of preparation, so plan to be at the drop zone most of the day for your first skydive. Subsequent dives can happen much quicker.

AFF Categories:

  1. Intro to Freefall    $215.00
  2. Body Position Awareness & Turns $215.00
  3. 1 ) Heading maintenance, 1st Release Dive $215.00
    2 ) Single Instructor, Hover Control $165.00
  4. 1 ) 360 Degree Turns $165.00
    2 )  Unassisted Exit $165.00
  5. Regaining Stability $165.00

Continue Training:

Continued training after Category E is not included in the AFF Package.

After Category E, the student is cleared for self supervised freefall. Solo jumps after Category E are $25 for a lift ticket and $25 for gear rental (if needed). Through Categories F, G, H, the student will do solo jumps, clear and pull exits, and coach jumps as needed. The student may jump with any Coach or Instructor skydiver until he/she obtains the A-License.

  • Coaching Dive (Coach, Student and equipment included) $75.00

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