The Category System is a versatile way to achieve your skydiving "A licence". The initial step is the First Jump Course. After that you continue through the system paying jump by jump, learning all the skills necessary to jump solo from maximum altitude.
The course has a minimum of 6 hours training before jumping from approx. 3,500ft. Using static line parachutes which deploy automatically as you leave the aircraft, you steer and land your own parachute.
Your first 10 jumps can take you from Cat 1 up to Cat 6 (subject to your performance) of the Category System:
Cat 1 & 2 - 6 hours of ground training with practical and written tests. A static line descent demonstrating a stable falling position and safe landing technique.
Cat 3 - "Dummy Pulls". Your practice deploying your own parachute while still using static line equipment. You must complete three successful 'DPs' and a total of 5 static line jumps before moving onto freefall.
Cat 4 - Freefall. 2 consecutive controlled freefall descents of 3 - 5 seconds delay before deploying your own parachute.
Cat 5 - 2 consecutive 10 second delays counting and maintaining a heading.
Cat 6 - 2 consecutive 15 second delays using the above skills plus an altimeter.
Cat 7 - 360 degree turns whilst using the above skills.
Cat 8 - 5 jumps demonstrating: an unstable exit, a dive exit, back loops, tracks and a combination of all.
Canopy Handling Level 1 - A briefing and test on canopy skills
Further Cateogry jumps can be purchased at £35/jump until you achieve your A licence and are qualified to skydive solo from maximum altitude and continue with more advanced training.