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From your first AFF (Accelerated FreeFall) jump, you will experience first-hand the indescribable sensation of human flight. If you want to make your 1st solo jump as rapidly as possible, the Accelerated FreeFall course from Skydiving Near New York City quickly offers you the skills required. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) recommended course for new skydiving novices is called the "Integrated Student Program" (ISP). The United States Parachute Association's Integrated Student Program sets Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) for a succession of 7 training levels. Each level's TLOs must be completed by the student before they can move on to the following level. For levels 1 through 7, a qualified skydiving teacher (or several teachers) must go along with the pupil on each jump. Upon completing Level 7, students are cleared to self supervise. Supplementary jumps are completed with the aid of a rated Skydiving Near New York City affiliate skydiving coach. Now the student is almost done! After completing a total of 25 jumps and having their "A License" conditions ratified by an accredited coach, the student is then allowed to undertake their A License Check Dive. Congratulations! The student has now obtained their A License! To jump lawfully, a United States Parachute Association is not always required but having obtained it permits the student to travel to other skydiving centers and instantly prove their capability to carry out solo skydives.

The Skydiving Near New York City Accelerated FreeFall Program

For the first trio of training skydives by a new student, the Skydiving Near New York City Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) course dictates that 2 jump masters go along with the student. The instructors freefall with the student and hold on until the student deploys their chute at the proper height. Thus, this method is referred to as ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ There is no physical connection to the student aside from the hand hold and once the student deploys their parachute, the coaches fly a safe distance away and deploy their own canopies.

Students in the AFF program are required to deploy their canopies at an altitude of 5,500 feet. In the case that the student does not release their parachute at the appropriate AGL, the instructors will try to use hand signals to help remind the student to release the parachute. Normally, the hand signals are enough to remind the student skydiver to pull their parachute, but if the student still does not take action, the instructor will attempt to position the student's hand on the pilot chute release. If the student still does not respond, the coach will deploy the parachute for them. Student equipment has extra "pull" handles installed and coaches can deploy the student's canopy at any time they seem to be at risk. The student's safety is always our most important consideration.

Demonstrating the correct freefall methods, the student will be allowed to release their own parachute unassisted. Once this is done properly, in sequence, the instructors will deem the student prepared for diving individually. Through a succession of release dives, during which the trainer may or may not help, the student is taught to jump alone. As this is crucial to learn to dive and for safety, it is vital that the student be fully knowledgeable in basic freefall maneuvering.

In safety, the AFF training program is unequaled. Every instructor has a minimum elevation or "hard deck" at which they MUST release their own parachute. This ensures the safety of the instructor and fellow divers. The student rig is equipped with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) that fires the reserve parachute once the trainee passes the activation altitude at free fall velocities. Though seldom used, the AAD provides an added layer of protection in case the student loses control and is not able to release their chute.

Students at Skydiving Near New York City will develop skills increasingly with each Accelerated Freefall Level. Using hand signals and ground instruction each training coach will initially correct and assist the student in accomplishing each procedure. On the ground, an instructor has the opportunity to discuss the errors a trainee may make in air. This permits every trainee to not only observe and feel the correct body positions but to also discuss how to execute them on the next dive. Later categories consist of only one instructor, and consist of the student being asked to perform a series of aerial maneuvers, including turns, flips and fall rate control, demonstrating that the student can restore control after a period of instability.

During the Accelerated Freefall Training course, every trainee will be required to participate in and pass every Targeted Learning Objective to proceed to the following level. Every AFF trainer has the granted authority to verify each students personal completion of their required TLOs at each level progression. During AFF jumps, the student is in constant contact with personnel on the ground that aid in directing their freefall, but the trainee must have the capabilities to land on their own in the event of a radio malfunction.

Before graduating the course, each trainee is given a USPA application and are encouraged to sign up prior to certification. Start earning your A License! Call Skydiving Near New York City at 215-258-2255 today!