If you wish to learn how to skydive and experience freefall, the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) system from Skydiving Near Atlanta is the very best method to get started! The AFF "First Jump Course" is intended to provide each pupil at Skydiving Near Atlanta with the required skills to safely perform their first solo jump. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) suggested training program for new skydiving students is named the "Integrated Student Program" (ISP). The Integrated Student Program is broken down into levels, each with Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) that must be met before the pupil progresses to the next level. Levels 1 through 7 are the training jumps where the beginner must be accompanied with an appropriately rated skydiving tutor. As soon as Level 7 has been finished by the student, they are then permitted to monitor themselves although most skydive centers will demand a skydiving coach to accompany them on subsequent skydives. Now the student is almost done! After performing a total of 25 jumps and getting their "A License" requirements approved by a qualified trainer, the student is then permitted to undertake their A License Check Dive. At last the student has earned their A License and has earned their spot amongst the ranks of solo jumpers. To jump legally, an USPA is not always required but having obtained it enables the student to travel to other skydiving centers and quickly prove their capability to perform solo skydives.
On the initial three dives in the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) Program, the trainee is joined by two trainers that hold on to the student until the trainee deploys their own parachute. Due to the minimal contact between trainer and student, these first jumps are called "Harness Hold Training" Once the student's parachute is deployed, the trainers fly away and deploy their own canopies to coast separately.
Due to the insurmountable amounts of safety measures, each student is permitted to deploy their own parachute once meeting the appropriate altitude (typically 5,500 feet). If the trainee shows no sign that they are launching their parachute, both AFF instructors will communicate to the student to do so using hand gestures. If the trainee still has trouble, instructors physically place the student's hand on the pilot chute, after which the trainer can personally deploy the parachute if required, a right they reserve at any point during the dive, using the main pull handle or a number of auxiliary handles on the student's equipment for the instructor's access.
The student can progress to higher level jumps as soon as they have proven that they can release their own chute and land safely and securely. On release skydives there is a chance that an instructor may not be able to dock and assist at pull time, so it is essential that the student has absolutely picked up the skills required to pull on their own accord.
In safety and security, the AFF training program is unequaled. Every trainer has a minimum altitude or "hard deck" at which they MUST launch their own parachute. This ensures the safety of the instructor and fellow divers. Each parachute is equipped with a reserve chute in case a student arrives at altitude and their pilot chute has not been deployed. The AAD (Automatic Activation Device) responds instantly, launching the reserve to allow the student ample landing time. Although the AAD feature is rarely used, each student's welfare is of utmost importance and it serves as a necessary precaution.
Students at Skydiving Near Atlanta will develop skills increasingly with each Accelerated Freefall Level. Initially, instructors have the opportunity to use hand signs to correct the student's body position during the fall, and subsequent instruction to correct form after the dive, ensuring a thorough building of correct body mechanics as the instructors freefall with the student. Later categories are composed of only one trainer, and consist of the student being asked to perform a set of aerial procedures, including turns, flips and fall rate control, demonstrating that the student can restore control after a period of instability.
Every level has "Targeted Learning Objectives" (TLOs) to help coaches determine when the student has passed all requirements. Airborne instructors are not the only coaches helping trainees at Skydiving Near Atlanta. We also have ground staff who stay in radio contact with the student while they are flying their canopy. In case of radio failure, however, it is crucial that the trainee knows the essential skills of flying under canopy.
All Accelerated FreeFall Pupils will be given an application and urged to enroll in the United States Parachuting Association before completing their AFF training program. Launch your greatest adventure! Call Skydiving Near Atlanta at 770-684-3483 and enroll in skydiving school right now!