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Accelerated Freefall

What is an Accelerated Freefall course?

An Accelerated Freefall (AFF) course is basically a training program designed to get you skydiving solo as quickly as possible. It’s kind of like an intensive skydiving bootcamp.

Here’s the breakdown for newbies:

  • The Structure: The AFF course is divided into 8 levels. Each level involves ground training followed by an actual jump from our plane.
  • Ground School: Before you take the leap (literally), you’ll spend a day on the ground learning the essentials of skydiving. This includes things like equipment familiarization, body position control during freefall, parachute operation, and safety procedures. There might even be a written test to make sure you’ve grasped the knowledge.
  • Taking Flight: The first jump involves two instructors accompanying you, closely monitoring and guiding you through the freefall. As you progress through the levels, with each successful jump, you’ll gain more independence until eventually, you’ll be jumping solo!

Here are some things newbies should find appealing about the AFF course:

  • Faster Than Traditional Methods: It’s quicker than other skydiving training programs where you might progress at a slower pace with tandem jumps before solo jumps.
  • Hands-on Learning: You get to experience the thrill of freefall right from the start, with proper instructor guidance of course.
  • Step-by-Step Progression The course is structured in a way that builds your skills and confidence gradually.

However, it’s important to remember that AFF is an intensive program that requires a good level of physical fitness and a healthy dose of courage.

PRICING AND PACKAGES

We offer three AFF packages as well as a more flexible pay as you go option as detailed below.

 

Accelerated Freefall Course
  • AFF Level 1 £380

    This includes your ground school and AFF Level 1 skydive and is an ideal way to see if AFF is the thing for you.

  • Silver AFF Package £1170

    Once you have completed your level 1 skydive you can upgrade to our Sliver package which includes Levels 2 through to 8, and full membership to British Skydiving. Any re-jumps will be charged at the per level rate.

  • Gold AFF Package £1620

    Our Gold AFF includes everything in the Silver package and your 10 consolidation jumps, after which you will be awarded a British Skydiving A License. Any re-jumps will be charged at the per level rate.

  • Platinum AFF Package £2100

    Our Platinum AFF includes everything in the Gold, gloves, goggles, logbook and your own digital altimeter, everything you need to be able to jump. Any re-jumps will be charged at the per level rate.

  • Pay As You Go

    Once you have completed your level 1 skydive you can continue your training on a pay as you go basis: Levels 2 -3 £240 each Levels 4 - 7 £150 each Level 8 £90 Consolidation Jumps £50 each

Ground training

Starting at 9am, one day of ground-training teaches you everything you need to know to complete your first solo skydive from 10,000ft (3000m). During the day you will learn:

  • To check and fit your own equipment
  • To exit the aircraft
  • Safety procedures
  • To open your parachute
  • To deal with emergency situations
  • To recognise the dropzone
  • To land your parachute 
 

Included in your AFF course fee you will receive:

  • All instruction for the course
  • Kit hire for all the equipment required, including jumpsuit, altimeters, helmets, goggles and of course parachutes.

 

The 8 levels are as follows, providing each level is completed successfully and safely:

Level 1- level 3: Two instructors with you during the freefall

Level 4- level 7: One instructor

Level 8: Checked out by an instructor for a low altitude (5000 feet) hop and pop jump.

Upon successfully completing all 8 levels you will need to complete 10 solo jumps to attain your British Skydiving “A” licence.

What is not included?

  • Any repeat levels.
  • Personal accident insurance.
 

What happens next?

Unsupervised free fall: A minimum of 10 ‘Consolidation’ jumps without an instructor must be made before you can become a licensed skydiver. Your instructors will still be working closely with you giving you new things to try in free fall and you’ll receive further canopy control training helping you achieve your canopy handling grade one certificate (CH1).

Provided you refresh your ground training at least every month and jump every two months, there are no additional costs for this. Please be aware that you must pass each level before continuing onto the next skydive. Sometimes it is necessary to repeat a jump and these re-jumps are at an additional cost.

 

Age, weight and health

Do I need to see a doctor and bring a medical?

For the student courses there is a need to bring our doctors medical) If you are uncertain about any possible physical limitations. However, we recommend to consult your doctor (regular GP doctor who knows your medical history) – just to be on the safe side. If you have any doubt, please contact us for double checking prior to booking your course.

Are there any age or weight restrictions for the course?

No person under the age of 16 years, or aged 55 years or over, will normally be permitted
to carry out Student Solo skydiver training, students must meet a good physical condition and body posture. In general, the maximum weight limit is 92 kg (14st 7lbs  or 203 lbs) and the body height should not exceed 2m. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.

Checkout our Solo Prerequisits.

 

We’ll answer some of the more commonly asked questions below, but if you have any other questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today and a member of the team will get back to you shortly.

What is Accelerated Free Fall?

AFF is the quickest method of becoming a qualified parachute jumper or skydiver and is also the easiest way to learn with approximately 30 seconds of free fall on every jump guided by our expert instructors. All jumps are made from at least 10,000ft and AFF usually turns out to be much cheaper in the long run and much more fun than the outdated static line method which so many cannot get to grips with.

What are the benefits of AFF over other training methods?

There are many benefits but two of the main ones are the continuous exposure to free fall, that means that you are in free fall for a long time giving you the time to practice your free fall techniques. Another is our ability to teach you in free fall using hand signals to adjust your body position thereby giving you a better result.

Why should I have a BS (British Skydiving) instructor?

If you do not have a BS instructor you cannot be awarded UK qualifications, it is as simple as that. Many other countries have a qualifying system that does not have the same requirement as ours and we have some British instructors who do not hold UK qualifications for various reasons. One of the big problems in the industry is foreign qualified instructors advertising for UK students.

AFF training starts promptly at 9am so students should arrive by 8.30am unless you have been informed otherwise. All the details you need are explained in your confirmation letter – if you have already booked and not received one please do get in touch with us.

What do I need to bring?

We will provide all the skydiving equipment, so you just need to make sure you bring thin layers of clothing to wear under your jumpsuit so it’s not too bulky and allows for movement. Regular trainers are the best footwear. In the summer months you won’t need a great deal except a hat, sun cream and sunglasses, but in winter you will want a fleece for example as it is a little chiller at altitude. You might want to bring a book to read during any downtime and free Wi-fi is available in the café.

What are consols?

Consols are ‘consolidation jumps’, so-called because they are designed to be used to ‘consolidate’ what you have learnt during your AFF Levels before we let you loose on the skydiving world! As you will have only competed seven jumps you are still very new to the sport and there is an intermediate period when you are still classed as a ‘student skydiver’ and must still be supervised by a qualified skydiving instructor on the ground before you jump, and in the aircraft. However, you will exit the plane completely solo on your consol jumps.

Do many people have to repeat jumps?

Some students sail straight through and others have a sticking point. It is difficult to predict how you will take to skydiving until you start. Please do come with a contingency fund in case you do need to pay for any additional jumps as these are charged in addition to the course price.

How will I know how I am doing on the course?

As well as your debriefs we film your jumps on digital video, these videos are used to show you how well you are doing and are also combined for you to have and take with you as a record of the whole course. There is no extra cost for this with us (most centres charge extra for video).

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