At the US Academy of Parachute Rigging, we offer extensive professional parachute rigger training courses to individuals as well as civilian and military organizations worldwide.

Our Mission

  • To provide world-class curriculum, instructors and facilities for training professional parachute riggers.
  • To provide for the continued safety of parachute users worldwide through education and training.
  • To support the international parachute industry by providing a continuous source of trained personnel.
  • To provide for professionalism by Parachute Riggers.

USAPR Training Facility & Equipment

         The USAPR is the first civilian training facility in the world to offer full-time staff and facilities for professional parachute rigger training. The 3000 sq. ft. facility includes dedicated class room and study areas, four separate inspection and packing areas for both round and square parachutes, 14 dedicated sewing machines, 15 different back, 6 chest, and 4 seat pack parachutes for training and familiarization. The USAPR also has an extensive inventory of specialized tools, and a comprehensive library of parachute manuals and instructions.


         The USAPR is co-located with Rigging Innovations, a major harness and container manufacturing facility, and is adjacent to Skydive Arizona, one of the world’s largest skydiving centers.

USAPR Instructors

         USAPR has selected a staff of Master Riggers for their expertise in areas of rigging knowledge. These instructors have in excess for 60+ years experience in the field of parachute rigging and are experts in the following areas:

  • Packing and sewing techniques
  • Sewing machine technology
  • Canopy, harness and container alterations, repair and overhaul
Brenda Reid
  • USAPR President/Administrator
  • First Point of contact
  • The Administrator is the first point of contact for information regarding course schedules, reservations and payment details.
  • Phone: 520.466.2655
  • Fax: 520.466.2656
Sandy Reid

Sandy Reid
  • Course Director
  • Master Rigger 1974
  • FAA DMIR, 1986
  • FAA DPRE, 2006
  • Private Pilot
  • 4000+ jumps
Sandy Reid

Mark Baur
  • Chief Instructor, USAPR
  • Master Rigger
  • FAA DPRE, 2009
  • AFF Instructor/Examiner
  • Commercial Pilot, 4000 hrs
  • 6500+ jumps

Ben Crowell
  • Instructor, USAPR
  • Master Rigger, 2003
  • FAA DPRE - Alabama and NW Florida
  • 7800 + jumps (177 above 30,000')
  • 28 Years in the U.S. Coast Guard
  • UPT Tandem Course director
  • S&TA - Gold Coast Skydivers