More About AFF
Answers to Your AFF Questions
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Do I have to do a tandem before beginning AFF?
We recommend you have at least one tandem logged before beginning AFF so you’re familiar with skydiving and are sure about pursuing progression.
Why is it called Accelerated Freefall?
We love talking about speed, but in this case “accelerated” refers to a student’s efficient matriculation through a prescribed curriculum.
How long does it take to complete AFF?
Everyone progresses through AFF at their own pace. If the stars that govern schedules and the weather perfectly align, about two weeks. Most students take a few months to complete the full program.
How often do I have to jump while in AFF?
To stay current, you need to fulfill one jump at least every 30 days.
Do I have to buy my own gear to do AFF?
No, the cost associated with the gear you’ll need to complete the program is included in the tuition. Most people who earn their A License and plan to continue their progression tend to purchase pre-owned gear.
What’s required to achieve my A license?
The USPA (United States Parachute Association) requires A-License candidates to complete 25 individual jumps, 5 group jumps with a minimum of 2 participants, pass an oral and written exam, and demonstrate competency in all five curricular areas as stated on the A License Proficiency Card:
- Exit & Freefall Skills
- Canopy Skills
- Equipment Knowledge
- Emergency Review
- Aircraft & Spotting
When you’re deemed ready, you’ll perform a check dive with an instructor and earn their signature and official stamp on your A License Proficiency Card. You then have 60 days to send your executed Card to the USPA for validation. Once processed, you’ll be assigned a skydiving license number. (WoooHOOOOO!)
What can I do when I’m not at the DZ to support my progression?
We know how it goes. When you’re not at the DZ, all you think about is skydiving. (That never stops, by the way.) Set yourself up for success during ground school, throughout your student jumps and for the final exam by spending time with the AFF section in the USPA SIM (Skydiver’s Information Manual).
Is it possible to receive coaching outside of AFF?
Yes. If you need support with specific skills, our coaches can work with you to gain proficiency and confidence.
What can I do after I earn my A license?
A-License holders can skydive solo, jump with friends, perform basic group jumps, perform water jumps, and pack their own parachute.