If you would love to learn how to skydive and experience freefall, the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) course from Skydiving Birmingham is the best method to get started! An AFF training program from Skydiving Birmingham provides you with the skill levels needed to make your first solo jump. The "Integrated Student Program" (ISP) is a special instructional program developed by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and is the most common instruction protocol used by Skydiving Birmingham partner skydiving schools. The ISP is separated into levels, each with Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) that must be completed before the student proceeds to the next level. Levels 1 through 7 are the training skydives where the student must be accompanied with an appropriately rated skydive tutor. As soon as Level 7 has been finished by the student, they are then allowed to supervise themselves although most skydive centers will demand a jump master to accompany them on subsequent skydives. Once the student has executed 25 skydives, and has their "A license" requirements signed off by an instructor or coach, they must perform an A License Check Dive with an instructor. At last the student has gained their A License and has earned their spot among the ranks of solo jumpers. To jump legally, a United States Parachute Association is not necessarily required but having earned it allows the student to travel to other dropzones and easily prove their ability to perform solo skydives.
For the length of the first three dives a Accelerated Freefall Student is attended to by two licensed trainers during their free fall up until their parachute deployment. Due to the minimal contact between trainer and trainee, these first jumps are called "Harness Hold Training" After the student's have released their parachutes and begin to coast, the instructors will also release and land separately.
Students in the AFF training program are obligated to pull their parachutes at an altitude of 5,500 feet. In the case that the student does not release their canopy at the appropriate AGL, the trainers will try to use hand signals to advise the student to pull the parachute. If the student continues to experience trouble, the Skydiving Birmingham affiliate coaches will help their student by bodily placing the student's hand on the pilot chute release. If this doesn't work, the instructor will deploy the parachute for the student. Student gear has added "pull" handles installed and coaches can release the student's parachute at any time they appear to be at risk. The student's safety is always paramount.
The student can progress to higher level skydives once they have shown that they can release their own chute and land safely. With the higher level jumps, the trainer may not be able to get hold of the student and assist so displaying the ability to pull one's own parachute is essential. The student is required to have a solid grasp of these techniques.
With sky diving training at this level, the safety of our Skydiving Birmingham partner coaches is extremely important. As a result, all instructors have a firm "hard deck" at which they must deploy their own canopies. If they haven't been able to assist their student by this altitude, the student rig is furnished with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) that will release the reserve chute if the student passes the activation altitude at freefall speeds. AAD activations are incredibly rare but they are a vital piece of equipment to safeguard from unlikely mishaps.
During these training skydives, instructors have the chance to coach the student on body position using hand signals. After each skydive, the trainers then review the jump with the student and administer helpful coaching. Higher levels only require a single coach and involve the student learning how to execute airborne maneuvers including turns, forward movement, flips, and fall rate control. These maneuvers are essential as they show the trainer that the student has the skill to regain control even after experiencing instability and disorientation. Each AFF jump at Skydiving Birmingham is progressive in nature, developing on skills previously learned.
During the Accelerated Freefall Training course, every student will be required to take part in and pass every Targeted Learning Objective to proceed to the subsequent level. Every AFF trainer has the granted authority to verify each students individual completion of their required TLOs at each level advancement. During AFF jumps, the student is in continuous contact with personnel on the ground that aid in directing their freefall, but the student must have the capabilities to land on their own in case of a radio failure.
Each one of our AFF Trainees will be given an application and encouraged to join the USPA before finalizing their AFF training course. Launch your biggest adventure! Call Skydiving Birmingham at 205-876-8832 and register in skydiving school right now!