AFF Skydive Course

AFF Skydive Course

The AFF Skydive course is aimed at those thrill seekers who may be interested in starting the extreme sport known as Sky-Diving or parachuting.

If you’re on this page you surely know what skydiving is all about, but just to give you a borader definition, Sky-Diving can take many forms, and skydivers can often decide to specialise in a particular discipline of their choice.

It all starts with the AFF Skydiving course, an 8 level program which takes the student through the groundwork, familiarisation with the skydiving rig and equipment and all the other stages that are necessary in order for him to eventually launch off the plane alone and land safely back at the drop zone.  Practice sessions of the exit procedure from a structure which simulates an aircraft used in the skydiving sport, and other aspects of the sport which are a necessity to prepare oneself for before taking the plunge.

In an AFF Skydive course, students are given their coursework textbooks and are assigned to an instructor who will firstly take the students around the drop zone for familiarisation.  Following the initial stage, students will start to go through the coursework with the instructor and will start practicing some of the drills which make part of the course.

Once the skydiving beginners start getting used to the drills, and develop a second nature/reflex, they will be given the gear which they will need to continue their training.

After ground school is over, the skydivers will be ready to go on their first ‘load’ or jump, and are excorted to the plane by two instructors, who will each flank the skydiver during his first launch.  The instructors will help to stabilise the first timer so that he may acquaint himself with the sport in a safe manner that allows him to understand what is going on, without being overwhelmed by the sensations that he would be going through at 14,500 feet above ground level.

The Thrill of AFF Skydive

AFF stands for accelerated free fall or advanced free fall and is a course that is taken in order to learn how to skydive. The technique starts at about 14,000 or 15,000 feet and gives you a smooth over the planet ride until about 5,000 feet. Between the exit of the plane and the 5,000-foot mark there is a time period of about 45 – 55 seconds of free fall after which a parachute is used and canopy control begins to help with one’s decsent.
A course needs to be taken in order to learn how to skydive safely and quickly using the latest techniques in training. Thousands of people around the world learn how to skydive in just a few days with AFF. The AFF course consists of eight levels, each one of which requires training on the ground, a single skydive, and completion of a series of maneuvers before moving on to the next level upon approval by the instructors. This course is a very successful way to learn now to skydive.

AFF Level One

In the first level of the AFF course, there is training in basic skydiving procedures on the ground last lasts for one day. This also includes control and deployment of the canopy and free fall body positions followed by a second day of jumping from the air at an altitude of 14,000 feet assisted by two instructors who provide constructive feedback on your techniques.

AFF Level Two

In the second level. the sky dive done in the first level is repeated with the opportunity to experience “free fall” before leaving the plane. Two instructors are once again available for assistance but may let go for a short period of time and then watch the deployment of your parachute.

AFF Level Three

This level also involves a skydive, but both instructors allow free-fall without any assistance. As with the previous levels, the sky dive is recorded on video and the instructors review it to provide additional constructive feedback.

AFF Level Four

This level is a progression to a sky dive with 90-degree turns in both directions accompanied by a single instructor. The sky dive is again recorded on video and constructive feedback is provided.

AFF Level Five

This level practices turning a full 360 degrees in both directions as well as learning how to turn around in free fall. The instructor provides constructive feedback after going over a video of the sky dive.

AFF Level Six

This level requires gaining stability after performing something known as a “front loop”, which is like a summersault, in mid-air. This level also includes “tracking”, which is moving forward rapidly in order to create a distance between yourself and other divers. There is one instructor involved in this level who goes over the video and provides constructive feedback.

AFF Level Seven

During this level of the AFF course, the sky dive includes a little bit of all the elements that have been learned in the previous levels. This includes performing a front loop, exiting the aircraft, turning 360 degrees completely to the left and to the right and then moving away from the instructor. The instructor provides constructive feedback after reviewing the video.

AFF Level Eight

The course ends with a solo jump from a height of 5,000 feet. The goal of this level is get a feel for jumping out of a plane at a lower altitude. A successful jump that requires getting out of the plane and getting stable and then deploying the parachute means that the course has been completed.

Keeping Up

If you have never experienced sky diving before, you will certainly have the time of your life during the AFF course. This experience does more than just offer you a thrilling ride. It boosts your confidence, gives you a sharper feeling of being alive, and can feed your adrenaline fix if you are always seeking the next daring move.

Regular Fun jumping like this is a sport, and as such, It requires a certain level of physical strength, flexibility, and overall health. Just like any sport you will want to join in as fully as possible, and you may want to take numerous adrenaline filled leaps. You can always sign up for solo jumps once you have the AFF documentation stating that you are qualified and endured and graduated through a full training AFF course.  Having said that, you should also keep in mind that if you don’t jump regularly, many places will require that you take a training course every six months (or annually) to keep safety always on the forefront of your mind.

Useful Links

USPA – U.S Parachute Association

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