Candidate Testimonials

We pride ourselves in delivering the very best experience to each of our candidates. We recognize that happy customers and word of mouth are what grows our business and we understand that we are only as good as our last ratings course. We strive to provide each candidate with a positive learning experience and are always pleased to receive their feedback.

We thank our candidates for taking the time to share their observations with us, and invite you to read their testimonials below.

"Skydive ratings is the best!"

Edu Mereilles - Brazil

Skydive ratings is the best! I took the course with Bram and Elly in 2005 and after that many instructors from my dz and friends were referred by me to do the same. Knowing that the instructor has made a course with Skydive Ratings we know standard instructors they will be.

"About the AFF course: SR takes you through their training program - building module by module your knowledge, teaching skills and real world interactions with 'students'."

Philip Thomas

I can't say enough good things about Skydive ratings and the people that work there.

Depending on the course, you need to turn up with your skydiving skills polished and up to speed. From that point, SR takes you through their training program - building module by module your knowledge, teaching skills and real world interactions with 'students'. This is not a theory-only course - you leave with a considerable body of experience and are ready to step into the work environment at your DZ.

"It says "Skydiver Ratings" and that is what they offer in a very professional environment. Highly recommended."

Brian Dyas - BPA and USPA Instructor-examiner

It says "Skydiver Ratings' and that is what they offer in a very professional environment.
Highly recommended!


"The amount of knowledge and experience Bram and Elly offer can not be found anywhere else. They take you to new heights with every rating"

Andrew Plisko

The amount of knowledge and experience Bram and Elly offer can not be found anywhere else. They take you to new heights with every rating. The structure of the courses is not rushed and sets you up for success every time. VERY positive environment for the unsure! Thanks Bram and Elly, you guys are awesome!


"Bram and Elly put you at ease from the very first meeting and their immense knowledge of this sport shines through in everything that they do."

Christina Arango

The Skydive Ratings facilities are fantastic: every piece of training equipment you could wish for are tucked out of the way so that your class won't be disturbed by crazy skydivers. Bram and Elly put you at ease from the very first meeting and their immense knowledge of this sport shines through in everything that they do. The advice and help that you receive in their courses will make you a better teacher, and Skydive Ratings always does whatever they can to ensure everyone's success.


"I can see why people from all over the world seek out Bram and his staff. They are world class."

Jodi Adams

I heard rave reviews from a fellow skydiver who got their coach and tandem rating through Skydive Ratings. I know many talented and qualified IE's locally who I could have turned to for my AFF rating, but on the recommendation from my friend, I had to come and check it out.

I'm so glad I did! I found a staff that was organized, supportive, professional and more than qualified to teach me all that I needed to know to start my career as an AFF instructor.

The facilities were fantastic; a quiet, comfortable, air conditioned and clean classroom where the coffee pot was always on, a packing area, hanging harness and mock up, and being housed at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, FL definitely has its perks.

My class of 6 people quickly became like a family. Bram and his staff encouraged an environment where we all supported one another. They offered a safe place to learn, and to ask questions. Failing was just an opportunity for learning.

I can see why people from all over the world seek out Bram and his staff. They are world class.

I would recommend this to anyone. It was one of the most rewarding and challenging weeks of my skydiving career. I plan on going back for my tandem rating. Kudos to you and your staff for offering your talent, your love of the sport and yourselves to the world of skydiving.

Blue Skies!


"I simply can't say enough good things about the quality of their training, or their sheer awesomeness as people. I wouldn't send an AFFI candidate anywhere else!"

Nadene Beyerbach

Doing my AFF Instructor rating with Skydive Ratings was one of the best skydiving decisions that I've made.

Let me tell you, when Bram says he doesn't "give" people their ratings, he means it. I found the course to be quite challenging, yet with an incredible amount of support and training the whole way through. It thoroughly prepared me to take on any possible situation that a "live" AFF jump might present. In my first year as an AFF Instructor I did about 400 AFF jumps; They weren't all easy, but thanks to Bram and Elly, I was ready.

I simply can't say enough good things about the quality of their training, or their sheer awesomeness as people. I wouldn't send an AFFI candidate anywhere else!


"Skydive Ratings produces the most professional instructors in our industry simply because they care and take great pride in their own professionalism."

Ryan 'Shaggio' Levesque

I recently attended both the Coaches Course and the AFF-I course from Skydive Ratings. I cant say enough how professional the courses were run and how much I learned along the way.

Even having over 13 years and 4600 jumps in the sport before I decided to get those ratings it was an eye opener on how much can be learned in only a few days. Skydive Ratings produces the most professional instructors in our industry simply because they care in and take great pride in their own professionalism.


"I went to SKYDIVE RATINGS for my Coach, Sigma tandem and AFF ratings, and I have to say that it was the best learning experience I've ever had."

Henry Kochen

I went to SKYDIVE RATINGS for my Coach, Sigma tandem and AFF ratings, and I have to say that it was the best learning experience I've ever had.

From day one you are always active, involved and constantly learning something, the best facilities and training aids you can find to make Are great when teaching or doing ground preparations, simply the best ratings school in the world. They also have the latest and best equipment if you are seeking to get tandem rated.

I would totally recommend SKYDIVE RATINGS with my eyes closed to any skydiver who is looking to get his or her ratings.


"There are no words in my vocabulary to describe how thankful I am for discovering Skydive Ratings! This school isn't simply a school, is "THE SCHOOL"."

Juliana Sallas Ribeiro

There are no words in my vocabulary to describe how thankful I am for discovering Skydive Ratings!
This school isn't simply a school, is "THE SCHOOL".

Skydive Ratings gave me the knowledge, motivation, confidence and really made me believe in myself again and one of the trickiest times of my life.


Bram, Ellie, Arnold, Peter, are EXTREME PROFESSIONALS, kind, and tough when you need it!
Beside the AMAZING STAFF always being on time or earlier, the school uses NEW Parachutes, SPARKLING jumpsuits, an organized office, extra books and updated manuals available.


It doesn't matter how far I'll have to travel for my next rating, they will have to deal with me again because I won't go anywhere else and my suggestion to you is to do the same!


Skydive Ratings not only helped me become a Professional Skydiver, I'm leaving as a better person as well !
Peter and Arnold you will be with be in every single jump.

Tons of love and Blue Skies!


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Just want to thank you both again for helping me through the courses and for the way you both showed both a professional as well as a profoundly personal approach to making this a success for me.

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