Graduating the AFF course qualifies you as an independent
skydiver in your own right, so that you can literally go skydiving anywhere
in the world.
The course comprises of a minimum of six hours of ground training, followed by your first skydive, then a mimimum of a further 7 jumps to qualify.
During your AFF
course you will be accompanied by two highly qualified AFF instructors who
will give you personal ground and in-air tuition.
You will be guided in freefall by way of hand signals and under canopy with radio communication. You will experience freefall speeds of 120 mph before you open your ram-air canopy
The full course can be broken
down into the following jumps.
The ground school includes:
Introduction to the equipment.
Your first jump with two AFF instructors.
Practice pulls & altitude awareness.
Jump 2 consolidates and develops your practice pulls and altitude awareness.
Jump 3 introduces hover control and heading awareness.
These four jumps are conducted with one instructor.
Jump 4 concentrates on starting and stopping turns.
Jump 5 practices 360° turns.
Jump 6 is a solo exit (the instructors will be very close on your heals) and includes back loops and a tracking exercise.
Jump 7 introduces a dive exit from the aircraft, a back loop, a left and right turn, track and pull.
Jump 8 is from 5000 feet and involves a stable exit and a solo deployment of the canopy.
AFF jumps are usually debriefed by video.
Prices vary around the world. Why not get a group together and make sure you get the best group discount available.
Everyone who takes up skydiving, has to complete a declaration of fitness to parachute. Anyone over 40 years of age will need a doctor to varify the declaration.
BPA Form 114 Declaration of Fitness - Student Skydiver