OCCUPATION THESAURUS

SKYDIVING INSTRUCTOR



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A skydiving instructor teaches willing participants the basics of safe skydiving, and then takes them miles into the sky to help them to jump out of a plane with a parachute (some solo, some in tandem dives). Instructors will teach, pack parachutes, assist clients with questions and gearing up, and ensure all safety regulations are followed.

Skydiving Instructors must be highly alert, dedicated, calm, work well with others in a high-pressure environment, be decisive, be strong communicators, exude confidence and enthusiasm that encourages trust, as well as have high standards and a strong work ethic. They also have a strong sense of adventure and are able to analyze and mitigate risk very well.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Depending on the amount of dives, the certifications the instructor has, and their own personal areas of interest, skydive instructors might be Coaches (100 skydives; able to teach students the essentials as they do their pre-A license solos); Skydiving Photographers (200 skydives; accompanying individuals and their instructors on skydives to capture the moment); and the at 500 skydive mark +3 hours of free fall, they could become AFF certified by taking an additional USPA (United States Parachute Association) AFF instructor course (in the US) after getting one’s C-license & completed instructor proficiency card. Alternatively, at the 500 skydive mark a person can obtain another proficiency card and course to get their Tandem Instructor rating. In addition to the jumps and classroom time, becoming an instructor also requires challenging written and oral exams. There are many additional courses a instructor can take for different areas of skydiving, learning maneuvers to become proficient so they may teach these specialized areas.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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