Commonly abbreviated “AFF.”, this training discipline is where certified instructors accompany the student in freefall holding onto the student’s harness at first while the student demonstrates certain skills. It can be compared to learning to ride a bike with training wheels.
Since the student is wearing his own parachute, he must be trained to handle emergency procedures as well as landing procedures. AFF training consists of a several hour ground course, and the first jump can often be accomplished the same day.
How Does It Work?
Student exits the aircraft with two USPA AFF Instructors and freefall together for 30 to 50 seconds, depending on jump altitude, typically 13,000 feet. Instructors maintain grip on the student’s harness to provide in-air instruction and assist with stability if necessary.
The student opens his own parachute by 4,500 feet and pilots it to the landing area.Cost
AFF first-jump training and the jump requires more support from the staff than the other methods and is priced accordingly. Our ground school costs $120.00 and each AFF jump costs $169.00 or $189.00.
We also offer video of the freefall and landing.
After you have completed Skydive Sacramento’s AFF student program, your next goal should be to earn your skydiving license. What’s a skydiving license? It’s your “Pass Go” card. Your skydiving license is your credential to jump at virtually any drop zone in the world.
USPA has been issuing skydiving licenses for over 50 years that are recognized all over the world. It starts with your USPA A license, which you can earn after only 25 jumps and completion of a proficiency card signed by your instructor. Your A license says you are a safe, competent skydiver. It allows you to rent gear and jump at most drop zone locations in the U.S. It is also the first stepping stone to more advanced skydiving licenses.
From your A license, you go on to earn your B license (with completion of 50 jumps), your C license (with completion of 200 jumps), and your D license (with completion of 500 jumps). Successive licenses allow you additional jump privileges like making water jumps and night jumps, earning coach and instructor ratings and participating in exhibition jumps into events.
So get started now! Earn that USPA A license and begin to find all that skydiving has to offer!