Accelerated Freefall Skydiving Courses
The Accelerated Free Fall Skydiving Course (AFF) is a fast track skydiving lesson programme that can take you from a complete beginner to a fully qualified skydiver. It is split into 8 levels and is aimed at those people who are keen to make skydiving their new sport. On your first jump you are accompanied by 2 instructors and get to experience the thrill of free fall from 12,000 – 15,000 feet (depending on the centre and conditions on the day) before deploying your own parachute to navigate your way back to the ground SOLO! If you decide to sign up for the AFF Full Course, In just 8 jumps you could be enjoying skydives on your own and on your way to gaining your British Parachute Association (BPA) license!
What to expect:
Training takes place on day 1 and takes a minimum of 6 hours and includes the following skydiving lessons:
- Familiarisation and Fitting of Parachute Equipment.
- Aircraft Drills
- How to leave the plane in a safe, stable body position.
- In air flight drills to be performed during the Level 1 Skydive
- Controlling and landing your canopy.
- Learning how to identify malfunctions and operate your reserve parachute.
The training will involve a mixture of theory and practical lessons with a written exam at the end of the course. You will be drilled by your instructor until jumping from a perfectly good aeroplane feels like second nature!
Depending on the time of the year and weather permitting, you will either make your 1st jump on the same day, or on day 2 after some revision skydiving lessons.
The AFF Level 1 Skydive!
You will board the plane with your 2 instructors ready for the climb to altitude of between 12,00 – 15,000 feet.
When it is safe to do so, you will exit the aircraft with your 2 instructors holding you in a stable position.
During the skydive your instructors will communicate with you via a series of hand signals and you will practice locating the toggle that deploys your parachute.
At 6,000 feet you will commence the deployment sequence under supervision of your instructors who ensure that you are under a canopy by 5,000 feet.
It’s then up to you to navigate your canopy back to the landing area with the help of another instructor on the ground talking to you giving you some helpful pointers on your radio.
The canopy ride is about 5 minutes, so plenty of time for you to take in the birds eye views as well as enjoying flying your canopy.
Once safely on the ground, you will receive feedback from your instructor and depending on whether you have signed up for the Full AFF Course, a brief ready for your next skydive!.
Points to note
The skydiving lessons are held in groups with a student : instructor ratio no larger than 4 : 1.
The Full Accelerated Freefall Skydiving Course consists of 8 levels although there may be times where your instructors wish you to repeat levels for safety reasons.
There is also the option to just do an Accelerated Free Fall Level 1 Skydive if you are wishing to skydive as a one off but looking to experience both free fall and the solo canopy ride with the satisfaction of doing it yourself!
Levels 1-3 are with 2 instructors where you are coached on stability, maintaining a good body position and heading, altitude awareness and deploying your parachute unassisted.
Levels 4 – 7 are where you learn to do 360° turns, back loops, tracking and track turns and dive exits.
Level 8 is from 5,000 feet and you are required to make a solo jump, deploying your parachute in a stable position within 10 seconds.
To gain your BPA Category A Licence, you will also need to complete a further 10 consolidation jumps. These are solo jumps which are not included in the total cost of the course, and cost £30 - £40 per jump depending on the centre.
The length of the Accelerated Freefall Full Skydiving Course depends on the weather and the time you can commit. Sometimes people will complete in less than a week or over a couple of weekends, whilst others choose to spread the jumps out over a couple of months.
No previous skydiving experience is required.
The upper age limit is 54 and you can start as young as 16 years old! However please note, some centres apply their own local rules with regards to age. Please check the details for your chosen centre on the locations page.
If you are 40 years or over, a doctor’s signature is required on the Solo Jump Declaration Fitness Form.
There is a maximum weight limit which varies from centre to centre. Click here for a list of weight limits for each centre. Whilst you must be within the limit for your chosen centre, you also must not exceed the weight limit for your height as stated in the table on the Solo Jump Declaration Fitness Form. Please call us before booking if you are in any doubt.
Not sure if the Accelerated Free Fall Skydive is the right course for you? Check out our simple skydiving course comparison.
The quickest and easiest way to book your AFF level 1 Skydive or AFF Full Course, is by going to our Booking Page and then follow the very simple steps. However if you wish to talk to a member of our Sales Team, please call us on 01869 278706. Lines open 9am - 6pm Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Minimise the need for repeating levels:
Why not practice your stable free fall position, and boost your confidence in the skydiving wind tunnel either prior to or during your Accelerated Freefall Skydiving Course. Tunnel flying has helped many AFF students to progress through each of the levels comfortably, reducing the need for jumps to be repeated. Ask about how tunnel time can help you pass your AFF course.