Teaching you how to skydive using the AFF method is the simpler, faster and more exhilarating way to become a qualified skydiver.
AFF is more effective than a static line parachute course because you start learning how to freefall from your first jump. The instructors that accompany you will give you 'in-air' tuition so you can learn and improve during the skydive. With static line the instructor observes you from the aircraft and you have to wait until you are on the ground before getting any feedback on your performance.
The AFF course consists of eight levels in total, seven of which are freefall jumps from 12,500 feet and the eighth level is a solo jump from a lower level of 6000 ft.
All of the levels have target learning objectives that need to be reached before progressing to the next level. However, the course can be flexible and training is specific to each student's needs so most students need only make only one jump per level. Watching your freefall on video also helps you to improve your performance.
The AFF course starts with a groundschool which is set up that you don't need any previous experience. If you have previous knowledge because you started with static line or another AFF course just let us know after booking and the instructor will catch up on the necessary skills. You will start the groundschool either on the day your arrival or the next morning. Usually the groundschool will take approximately 6 hours depending on the individual learning process.
On the first 3 levels of the course you will jump with 2 instructors (one holding on to you on either side). During these initial levels you will learn basic freefall stability and control.
For levels 4-7 you will jump with only one instructor where you will learn more advanced freefall skills like controlled turns and flips.
Level 8 is a solo jump from approximately 6000ft where you jump and deploy your parachute a few seconds after leaving the aircraft. It doesn't have to be straight after your level 7 - it can be completed any time during your 10 consolidation jumps.
In addition to learning about freefall, during the course you will have feedback on your canopy control so you can continuously improve your canopy flying skills. During the first 7 levels of AFF students have an FM radio link with their instructor as guidance for the canopy control.
As the course progresses, your instructor will also encourage you to be more proactive about your own safety so that when you graduate you will be able to have fun on your own but also be safe.
After finishing the first 7 levels of the AFF course you will be able to jump solo. This means you are allowed to jump out by yourself. Your instructor will still be to hand to check your equipment before boarding, answer any questions or suggest some exercises for you to practice.
Videotape or DVD:
Your instructor will video your first 7 levels of AFF and will give you a copy of them on either DVD or VHS when you graduate. Watching your own performance on video is one of the most effective learning aids and some drop zones that you return to may prefer to see a visual log of your jumps rather than just a written one. You will also be able to show your family and friends back home.