Friday, December 9, 2022


Types of Membership

An Annual Individual Membership is a 12-month membership that includes:

  • USPA Membership Card
  • online digital membership credentials via Merit
  • receiving USPA’s publication – Parachutist
    • members residing in the US and Canada will receive hard copies
    • all others will receive an electronic version
  • receiving the monthly USPA Update – an e-newsletter covering the latest news
  • eligibility to earn licenses, ratings and awards offered by USPA
  • participate in our triennial elections
  • coverage through our 3rd party liability insurance

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A Lifetime Membership is valid for life. Benefits include:

  • All the benefits of an annual membership
  • online digital membership credentials via Merit
  • Special recognition in Parachutist (name and picture of new lifetime members published – if provided)
  • A special engraved lifetime membership card
  • No additional fees to maintain your membership; however, other fees may apply such as fees for additional ratings and rating renewals.

USPA also offers Temporary Membership. Temporary membership includes:

  • Coverage for 3 months through our 3rd party liability insurance
  • online digital membership credentials via Merit
  • Purchases can only be made online
  • Temporary members are not eligible to
    • purchase or renewal of ratings
    • participate in any elections
    • receive Parachutist magazine

If you are joining USPA for the first time, create a new online account, then apply for membership.

Standard Benefits

The membership card includes the member’s specific credentials and brief information about the third-party liability insurance coverage that comes with membership. View Membership card options.
All domestic and Canadian USPA members* receive Parachutist magazine each month, featuring skydiving news, color photographs, how-to articles, product and service reviews, and events. For more information about Parachutist, visit, available to all members.

*Members with addresses outside the U.S. or Canada may purchase the print edition while creating or renewing an annual or lifetime membership. If you would like to purchase the subscription in the middle of your renewal cycle, please contact us at
USPA is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., along Interstate 95. The government relations staff at USPA Headquarters includes aviation governing professionals. USPA maintains access at the highest level of the FAA and federal government. These important human resources defend skydiving from those in government and industry who believe U.S. airports and airspace should be reserved for major commercial interests.
USPA members receive third-party liability insurance to include bodily injury and property damage while skydiving at a sanctioned drop zone. USPA members must separately purchase through USPA, the third-party liability insurance coverage for exhibition jumps not covered by the regular third-party liability membership insurance program. View Insurance Policy Summary.
The "USPA Update" is an e-newsletter designed to keep USPA members abreast of any skydiving news in between Parachutist's print cycles.

Optional Benefits

USPA members may qualify for USPA skydiving licenses, which are international certificates of proficiency. Learn about the existing license requirements or renew an existing license.
USPA members may earn ratings in the instructional program. Learn the process of getting your coach, AFF, static-line or IAD ratings. Take it one step further by getting your course director rating as well.
USPA members may earn a professional exhibition rating (PRO) needed to make demonstration jumps. Learn the process of getting a PRO rating, how to plan Demo Jumps and how to purchase demonstration third-party liability insurance.
Membership allows skydivers to become eligible to compete in national and international meets. USPA sanctions the USPA National Parachuting Championships and selects the U.S. Parachute Team for international competition. Why not learn what it takes to compete.
Parachutist magazine is a standard benefit for members residing in the U.S. and Canada, and is mailed through a publisher’s periodical class. For deliveries within the United States, members can upgrade the delivery service of the magazine to the first class delivery service for an extra fee. This service should make the delivery time more consistent each month. The airmail delivery service is available for deliveries outside of the United States for an extra fee. This service will make the delivery considerably faster and the delivery time should be more consistent each month.

Affinity Programs

USPA members and their families are eligible for AD&D coverage. With this insurance, you are covered whether you are involved in a parachuting accident or an unrelated accident. You are insured for loss of life, limb, sight, speech or hearing, as well as for paralysis, at home or away, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day. Accidents can happen—whether in skydiving or any other activity. That’s why it’s important to make sure you and your family are covered if you’re injured in any kind of accident. Enroll for up to $200,000 for any accident ($100,000 parachuting) today! Visit to learn more.
Farmers Insurance Discounts
Disclaimer: Insurers mentioned on this USPA page operate independently and are not responsible for each others' financial obligations.

Through Affinity Marketing Group, USPA is able to offer its members discounts on hotels and rental cars with Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, Hotel Engine, Red Roof, Motel 6, and HotelPlanner. USPA members are also eligible to receive up to $500 cash back on new vehicles from select manufacturers.


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