Skydiving - Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) Training
I did it!
I recently completed my AFF Training at the Parachute Center in Lodi, CA.
Now that I have graduated, I can jump solo!
While still considered a student, I am now ready to earn my Class A Skydiving License!
For those of you who are considering the sport of Skydiving, you have to go through certain steps to achieve your goal. In this blog post, I'll share what it takes to earn your wings and graduate AFF Training and be on your way to becoming a licensed Skydiver here in the U.S.
Save your money!!! Skydiving is incredibly expensive and in order to obtain your A License you'll need to save upwards of $5,000 USD at most Drop Zones (DZs).
Find a Drop Zone (DZ) that you're comfortable with and prepare a list of questions you may have when you call and schedule your training. Check www.dropzone.com for a list of Drop Zones here in the U.S. and abroad.
Do a Tandem jump first at your desired DZ and decide if you enjoy the feeling of jumping out of a "Perfectly Good Airplane" and hurling yourself towards earth at 120mph!
Seriously, do a tandem jump first. For most people that's plenty and enough of an experience to check it off the 'bucket list."
PLUS, many DZ's will require you do a tandem jump as part of your training so as long as you book your AFF program within 30 days, you won't have to do another tandem to begin your training!
If you've done your tandem and you've decided the sport is for you - schedule your training time with your DZ. They'll need to place you with an instructor(s) and scheduling ahead of time will allow you to plan accordingly with your work, life, etc.
Save more money!!! AFF programs here in the states start at ~$1,300 and go up to $2,500+.
Be prepared. Visit www.uspa.org here in the U.S. and read the Handbook several times. Learn the hand signals. Watch as many AFF videos on YouTube as you can so you start to familiarize yourself of what will be expected.
Ultimately, each DZ has their own way of doing things but generally speaking, the info will be the same. In other words, study, study, study!
Now that you've successfully graduated AFF, you're ready to start jumping solo and begin to work towards your A License!
Many people successfully pass AFF in 7 jumps which is the bare minimum. Students who struggle with certain aspects of training may be held back and have to do certain jumps over again which will cost you more money.
NOTE: After completion of your AFF training you have 30 days (according to USPA mandate) to jump again and continue your training (currency). If you fail to jump again in 30 days you'll be required to do a check dive with a licensed instructor.
Study hard, be prepared, and remember...
Blue Skies! :)