STAGE 1: TANDEM SKYDIVE
Your first tandem skydive is a great introduction to the basic body position required for skydiving as well as the plane ride and aircraft exit. A tandem skydive is optional before you begin ground school for the AFF program, however we highly recommend it to help familiarize yourself with the feeling of freefall.
STAGE 2: GROUND SCHOOL
Our AFF program begins with a 4-6 hour ground school that covers the theoretical and practical training necessary to prepare you for your first solo skydive, including skydiving equipment, aircraft procedures, freefall maneuvers, canopy deployment and control, and dealing with malfunctions if they occur.
Ground school will teach you the essentials to a safe skydive before you get in the air.
STAGE 3: ACCELERATED FREE FALL (AFF)
Once you have met all the prerequisites in ground school, you are ready to make that first milestone jump with your own parachute!
At first, two AFF instructors will hold onto you in the air to assist you with a stable exit, freefall and parachute deployment, while another instructor will be on the ground to help guide you through landing your parachute via radio communication.
As you progress through the 7-jump AFF program, you will learn a variety of freefall maneuvers, such as turns and forward motions, front flips and barrel rolls, as well as the technical aspects of your skydiving equipment, parachute packing, aircraft spotting, winds and weather conditions, and canopy flight.
STAGE 4: COACHING & STUDENT PROGRESSION
The final portion of your skydiving training prepares you for more advanced freefall skills with the help of a coach (jumps 8 to 13) as well as the remaining solo jumps (jumps 14 to 25) required to get your skydiving license.
STAGE 5: EARN YOUR “A” LICENSE
The “A” license is the first license level you can achieve in skydiving, which is issued by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and requires a minimum of 25 skydives. Once you have earned your “A” license, you no longer need to jump with an instructor or coach.
At the end of this program you will be ready to perform your “A” license check dive and will officially graduate from the student program. At this point you will be a licensed skydiver, which allows you to jump in groups with other licensed skydivers almost anywhere in the world.