Accelerated Freefall Course (AFF))
Accelerated Freefall (AFF) is a training system for those who are really serious about becoming a Skydiver in a short time.
AFF is an intensive course, so you will be in a small group or possible on your own with your instructors, ensuring individual attention.
The programme is termed 'Accelerated' because the learning process is faster than alternative training systems.
Due to its intensive nature AFF it is at its best when you can commit a continuous period of time to the whole training course and jumps. Substantial breaks in training or long weather delays can often impact your performance and progression and can raise additional training / re-jump costs. We generally offer AFF courses in the summer months when there is the likelyhood of better long term weather, please talk to us about AFF and see if it's right for you.
Based on eight levels of achievement, normally one skydive at each level. AFF is designed to take place over a full week. Given good weather, the course may sometimes be completed in a few days. After graduating from AFF you perform ten additional consolidation jumps, guided by your instructors, practising the skills you have learned, after which you will be recognised as a qualified solo skydiver.
The course commences with a day of ground based tuition with your Instructor. This covers the theory and practice of skydiving and the use of your parachute system. You will learn safety procedures, how the equipment operates, how to exit the aircraft with your Instructors, how to maintain control and communicate in freefall, how to initiate the opening of the main parachute, and how to steer down to the landing area and land safely. Before your jumps you practise all the procedures for both your skydive and the parachute descent until your instructors are completely satisfied with your abilities.
When your Instructors are happy with your performance on the ground, you will make your first skydive with two Instructors holding on to you. They continue to teach you during freefall using a system of hand signals: following your jump a through debrief takes place with your Instructors, followed by remedial training both to improve skills learned already and add those required for the next jump. To find out more about AFF please contact us, for current AFF prices view our price list.
As an alternative to AFF we also offer a 6 Jump RAPS "Solo Freefall" Course that combines the 1st Jump static line course with 5 additional jumps and training. This 6 jump course is targeted to take the participant to his or her 1st Solo Freefall jump subject to their satisfactory progress against the British Parachute Association's Ram Air Progression System (RAPS) Category System. From there you will continue your training with us under the BPA RAPS Category System to gain your solo skydiver qualification. The 6 Jump RAPS "Solo Freefall" Course provides a more gradual training progression compared to AFF, takes roughly the same number of jumps to qualify and doesn't require such a large initial outlay for the course charge when compared to AFF. However, the time taken to qualify using the RAPS category system is typically greater than that of qualifying using AFF.
If you are over 40 years of age or have a medical condition, you MUST download the following form, print it and get it signed and stamped by your doctor and bring it with you on the day
'Solo' Student Parachutist Declaration of Fitness to Parachute - 114-A
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