Re: [skyguyscott] Can I get fully certified (USPA "A" license) in one week and how much will it cost?
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yes, it is possible.
It is rarely done.
For most people, getting to your A license is a very intense experience. To cram it all in one week successfully requires good luck, good weather and a very very intense "Type A" personality.
Here are a couple of questions to get you thinking:
Would you hire/trust/consult a: Lawyer Doctor Accountant Pilot Parachute Rigger (someone who packs your reserve parachute)
who got their accreditation in an accelerated program?
Sure. The initial credentials for all the enumerated professions are all just a starting line. The years to get good at any of them total a lot more time than the initial training and everything beyond the minimum counts for more.
An A-license is similar but less significant. It's evidence that you probably know enough not to hurt yourself in a limited set of skydiving situations (but isn't enough to teach you the judgement you need too) although a half hour of freefall and couple dozen parachute landings (before the recent changes it just took seven minutes of supervision under canopy plus the corresponding landings) aren't anything compared to the hours and hundreds it takes to be decent.
(This post was edited by DrewEckhardt on Apr 14, 2012, 11:19 PM)