Despite standing for Accelerated Free Fall, AFF has nothing to do with the speed of your skydives. It’s actually the quickest and most comprehensive way to obtain your BPA A licence, which you’ll need to jump on your own, or with other experienced skydivers.
The AFF course is based on eight levels of accomplishment (normally one skydive at each level) and is designed to take place over a full week, or broken down over a few weekends. On each jump, you’ll be required to acheive certain objectives like turns, movement or somersaults. Given good weather, the course can be completed in as little as three days. After graduating from the course, you perform a further ten consolidation jumps, guided by your instructors, to practise the skills you have learned. You will then be awarded ‘Category Eight’ – your first International Skydiving Licence! The course commences with a full day of ground 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 free-fall, how to initiate the opening of the main parachute, and how to steer to the landing area and land safely. Before jumping, you will practise all the procedures for both your skydive and the parachute descent until your instructors are completely satisfied with your abilities. You then take the aircraft right ‘to the top’, around 13,000 feet, and, with one instructor at each side, exit the aircraft and put your new skills to the ultimate test! With the maximum amount of time in free-fall and the very best instructors (these guys and girls have logged thousands of skydives), you’ll get the ultimate experience and the maximum achievement.
Once you’ve deployed your own parachute, yes, on your first jump, you’ll fly it, with assistance over a radio, safely back to the landing area yourself. Here you’ll meet your instructors for a debrief of the jump and a briefing to prepare you for your next skydive. With our full-time experienced instructors, and the willingness to learn, it’s possible to complete all 8 AFF levels in as little as three days. Once you’ve acheived your BPA A licence, you’ll no longer be considered a student parachutist, though of course you’ll still have a lot to learn. Continue reading to see the many exciting disciplines you can work towards once you’ve succesfully passed your AFF at UK Parachuting. First up, Formation Skydiving...
Published on May 4, 2016