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Accelerated Free Fall Program

Overview

Accelerated Free Fall, commonly abbreviated "AFF is the premiere method of skydiving training in the United States. 


It is considered the fastest path for a student to solo in as few as 7 skydives following our USPA-certified program.


This training discipline is where certified instructors accompany the student in freefall holding onto the student's harness at first while the student demonstrates certain skills. 


It can be compared to learning to ride a bike with training wheels.

Training

Since the student is wearing his own parachute, he must be trained to handle emergency procedures as well as landing procedures. 


AFF training usually consists of a several hour ground course, and the first jump can often be accomplished the same day. 


The USPA Online Ground School, while not a course that can be used as complete training, provides valuable information for first-time jumpers and is a great refresher for all students. 


It includes videos and information about skydiving equipment, canopy flight and landing, emergency procedures and exit and freefall.

How Does It Work?

Student exits the aircraft with one or two USPA AFF Instructors depending on the jump and freefall together for 30 to 50 seconds, depending on jump altitude, typically 10,000 feet. 


Instructors maintain grip on the student's harness to provide in-air instruction and assist with stability if needed while the student perform the maneuver required for each category jump.


The student opens his own parachute by 4,000 feet and pilots it to the landing area.


Check bellow what are the student goals for each AFF Category Jump

Category A

Exit and Freefall

  • Adaptation to skydiving environment
  • Principles of deployment

Canopy Flight

  • Steering
  • Intro pattern
  • Wind line
  • Landing procedures

Category B

Exit and Freefall

  • Relaxed body position
  • Leg awareness
  • Unassisted, stable deployment

Canopy Flight

  • Assisted pattern
  • Assisted flare
  • Written flight plan
  • Review PLF

Category C-1

Exit and Freefall

  • Solo, controlled and relaxed freefall
  • Heading awareness
  • Wave-off

Canopy Flight

  • Solo pattern and flare
  • Wing loading
  • Turbulence
  • Down-wind landings

Category C-2

Exit and Freefall

  • Solo, controlled and relaxed freefall
  • Heading awareness
  • Wave-off

Canopy Flight

  • Solo pattern and flare
  • Wing loading
  • Turbulence
  • Down-wind landings

Category D-1

Exit and Freefall

  • Solo exit (AFF)
  • Heading control
  • Freefall speeds and times

Canopy Flight

  • Back-riser control with and without brakes
  • Stand-up
  • 50 meters assisted

Category D-2

Exit and Freefall

  • Solo exit (AFF)
  • Heading control
  • Freefall speeds and times

Canopy Flight

  • Back-riser control with and without brakes
  • Stand-up
  • 50 meters assisted

Category E-1

Exit and Freefall

  • Door exit
  • Aerobatics
  • Unsupervised freefall

Canopy Flight

  • Stalls
  • Traffic avoidance
  • 50 meters unassisted
  • The "sweet spot"
  • Rectangular vs. elliptical