AFF FAQ

How does the AFF training work and what is included in the package? back to top
The AFF features a ground school course (a theoretical course) of 4-6 hours, and 8 AFF jumps. Each jump will feature a pre jump training and a post jump de-briefing. The package does not include possible skydives that the jumper may need to redo, if needed. The package includes all that is necessary for the course, which means no additional costs are going to come up as you progress, unless a student needs to redo a jump. The package includes the ground school theoretical course, the gear rental (parachute, altimeter, jumpsuit, radio, helmet, etc.), 8 AFF jumps for the 8 different stages, and a logbook for your first skydives, so you can have proper documentation of all your jumps and accomplishments.
What does graduating give me, will it be recognized in other places?back to top
Graduating the AFF allows a student to jump solo, with minimal supervision from top altitude of 11,000 feet. The AFF course is the first and most major milestone on the way to achieving a skydiving license. Every skydiving school recognizes the AFF training method. But it's wise, if you plan on travelling and skydiving, to finish off your license. As it is the first true benchmark of a proper independent skydiver. A jumper is considered a student until he/she attains his/her license, which could be attained in as little as 25 jumps.
How many jumps is the AFF course?back to top
The AFF course may be completed in as little as 8 jumps, since it has 8 different phases the student needs to go through, all of which are included in the AFF package. Sometimes, students need to repeat stages, (e.g. When learning freefall turns, if the student did not manage to control the turn by themselves in freefall, he/she may need to redo the jump). Because we find that it may take a student more than 8 jumps to complete AFF, average students pass within 8-10 jumps.
Who teaches AFF? back to top
AFF is only taught by Accelerated FreeFall instructors that were trained in that particular discipline by international skydiving associations. Our AFF method is based entirely on the USPA international syllabus method for training skydivers, which nowadays is the first and foremost standard for worldwide skydiving training. An AFF instructor may start training students with as little as 370 skydives. Our AFF instructors have over 3,000 skydives to ensure the highest possible level of training and safety. You may ask to see your instructor's certification if you so choose, it is your right.
What does it take to attain a license after I graduate the AFF? back to top
Usually, attaining a license requires the minimum of 25 jumps, completing the AFF successfully, and completing an oral exam. The ensures that you have appropriate knowledge and profficecy to safely skydive with other licensed jumpers. In practice, the skydiver performs jumps with a skydiving coach, which will enable the skydiver to develop the skills needed to fly in formation with other skydivers. Once all skills have been adequately developed, the jumper can opt to take the license checkdive with an instructor to verify their skills to skydive with other jumpers - and away you go!
What does a license give me?back to top
The ability to jump with any other licensed skydiver, in practically any school in the world that features sports parachuting. Every school acknowledges the USPA/CSPA licensing we provide, you can choose to either go with the international USPA licensing method, or the local CSPA licensing method.
How every so often do I need to jump?back to top
It is very important, especially for a beginner skydiver, to jump as much as possible. The bare jumping minimum is two to three times every two weeks. That is for a few reasons, namely developing new skills with greater ease and maintaining your skill level for greater safety. When you finish your AFF it is recommended to also jump as much as possible to get to your license, which should be your goal right after graduating. Please mind that if a skydiver falls out of currency for a longer period (depending on his experience level) - retraining will be necessary when they come back into the sport (such as in the case of a licensed skydiver not jumping 6 months over the winter time and returning to jumping in the spring)
What comes after AFF? back to top
After the completing AFF the next goal a student should set is to attain their first skydiving license, or an A license, which is the first benchmark level of a licensed, safe skydiver. This will enable you to jump with other skydivers, doing those cool things you see in the movies!
How much will jumps cost after I will have graduated my AFF?back to top
Skydiving gets considerably cheaper after you will have graduated your AFF program. Please check in out Rates page to see the latest prices on packages, such as the 5 jump pack (gear included).
Can I have video of my skydives?back to top
The AFF skydives are videoed for training purposes, and are the property of the dropzone. The dropzone does not commit to taking videos of the AFF student, as it is not a part of the training method, but AFF students can bring a USB drive with them to take their jumps home. Please bear in mind that it's not always available to take a copy of the jump the same day, although efforts will be made to have students leave the DZ with the footage of their skydives. Please bear in mind that AFF levels 1 though 3 are not videoed and the Dropzone does not commit to providing any footage as part of the AFF package to the student, we simply do it because we believe it is a tool that have a very positive effect in training. We do not charge students for their AFF videos, we simply give them away.
How long does it take to complete my AFF? back to top
It is not possible to predict how long it will take for a student to complete his/her AFF course since it is affected by multiple variables e.g. weather conditions and the student's availability. The physical fitness of the student also plays a role in determining how many jumps they can do before they get too tired. It is also impossible to know ahead of time how many additional jumps, if any, the student may need to graduate the program. Based on our experience we have noticed that most AFF students with average weather and availability conditions graduate between 4-6 weeks.
How long does it take to get licensed?back to top
After completing the AFF course, your first A license requires a minimum of 25 jumps overall (including your AFF course and any documented jumps you may have done in the past, even before you started your AFF). A student will also need to complete a series of coaching jumps in which the student learns the basics of what is needed to perform group jumps safely. Students then take an oral exam that contains the knowledge that they have accumulated during their training period and the license can be signed!
Who can undertake the AFF course? back to top
Weight limits on AFF course as recommended are around 230lbs for males, and 200lbs for females, these figures are height dependent (e.g. A 5'5" 220 lbs jumper is not the same as 6' 220 lbs jumper). There is no need for an athletic build at all but jumpers need to be in basic shape to handle themselves in the air and on landing. Jumpers need to be at least 18 years of age and as far as the upper limit, we have seen 50 year olds undertake AFF courses in the past... If you have any questions about the written above, you can always email us and ask @ AdventureSkydiving@gmail.com
Until what point in the season can I jump?back to top
The last AFF course is usually set in September while the last jumps usually take place in October, weather permitting. Sometimes we can go well into October if the weather is nice while other times we can only jump a little. Weather can become unpredictable in the fall.
What are the jumping limitations of an AFF student?back to top
Basically students need slightly calmer wind conditions, and good visibility, so they can easily spot the ground from the air. So if we have a very windy or overcast day, it will not be very favourable for students. In more technical terms - winds need to be smooth, no higher than 14mph and cloud coverage needs to be clear or mild.
When can I start my AFF course?back to top
Usually the AFF courses fill up quickly, so in order to secure your spot on the course, please email or call us and get your name on the AFF student list. Once we have a course for you we'll contact you, and if the date works for you, you'll be charged a 100$ deposit that goes towards the overall course price, and the remainder of the balance will be charged on site at Adventure Skydiving when you come in for your theoretical course.
AFF courses run generally from May throughout August/September, and will be held roughly every other weekend on a Saturday. If you have special availability needs contact us, and we'll see what we can do for you!
Why is the last course in the beginning/mid September?back to top
It would be easy to open up a course of students on late September but the ability of these students to finish their AFF course and attaining their license will be very low due to variable weather conditions that time of year. Since the AFF program is a training initiative and not a financial enterprise - the decision is based on giving the students the best possible conditions to reach their goals rather than charging for a course they may not complete
Can people come watch my AFF jumps?back to top
The student landing area is situated roughly 500 meters from the spectator area of the dropzone so family and friends on the ground could watch the skydiver fly his/her parachute. Spectators are not allowed in the landing area itself for safety purposes.
When is it best to do my AFF skydives, do I need to book the jumps?back to top
Since the jump requires detailed attention from a dedicated AFF instructor there would be a need to let us know when you can come over and do your AFF jumps and make sure we are prepared for you. It stands to reason that on weekends, when most people are available to jump, there may be a longer wait compared to a mid week day. If AFF students can come in the middle of the week, it will most likely reduce the time it takes to complete their AFF course.
How every so often do AFF courses run?back to top
AFF courses are held roughly every other weekend on a Saturday from June through August. Sometimes courses are available in May and September. The ground school (theoretical portion) of the course is help at 9am sharp on a Saturday, in special cases we can schedule ground schools on a different time/day, if the student has limited availability.
Is there a place to stay at the dropzone?back to top
We have an on site campground that is free for all, please bear in mind that at the moment we do not have electrical infrastructure on site. Students that wish to crash inside the Adventure Skydiving hanger can also do so, but they will need to bring their own sleeping bags/mattresses and be willing to be woken up at 8am before the hanger is set up for the following day. Right down the road from Adventure Skydiving there is a “Days Inn†as well as a hotel, all within a couple of miles.
What do I need to do in order to get back into jumping after the winter time?back to top
That depends on the amount of jumps you have acquired and your level of experience. Please advise the staff members on location to get an idea of what retraining you will need prior to getting back into the air, you can also read the next FAQ that links you to our recurrency training information page.
What are the currency demands for regular skydivers both experienced and student? How every so often do i need to skydive to retain my knowledge?back to top
It's always advisable to avoid taking long layoffs between jumps, the recurrency training demands will vary with your level of experience. Please refer to the recurrency retraining document attached here for further information regarding recurrency training.