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Accelerated Freefall Course - become a skydiver


About AFF

AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) is the fastest route to becoming a skydiver. You will receive an intensive course with personalised instruction throughout. The course will teach you all of the skills needed to become a qualified skydiver. A full day's ground-based training is required prior to jumping. This covers everything you need to know - the equipment, aircraft procedures, sequence of the skydive, free fall body position and how to deploy, control and land your parachute. All of our instructors are fully qualified BPA (British Parachute Association) instructors with many thousands of jumps.

The ethos of AFF is continuous exposure to free fall and the opportunity to correct problems dynamically through in-air instruction. The equipment used is the latest square type parachute which allows easy control and safe landings. You will also be fitted with a chest mounted radio throughout the course so that instructions can be given from the ground if required.

AFF is the quick way into the world of skydiving. It gives the individual immense satisfaction and personal reward in terms of the people they meet and the experiences that only a few will ever have. A BPA AFF course is recognised throughout the UK and abroad, so once completed, an individual can jump anywhere in the world.

Ground Training Day

Ground training typically takes place on a Thursday. The arrival time is 09:00 and the training lasts all day so we advise you to bring a packed lunch with you. During the training you will be thoroughly briefed on the forthcoming AFF course, including being able to maintain a stable position during free fall, how to deploy and control your parachute, and how to adopt a safe position for landing. The training is a mix of theory as well as practical exercises and so we suggest you wear comfortable clothes and trainers.

Weather permitting, we aim to do the AFF Tandem and the AFF Level 1 skydive over the subsequent Saturday/ Sunday.

AFF Tandem And Level 1 AFF Skydive £495

After the ground based training, you complete an AFF Tandem. We find that this greatly increases confidence ahead of the Level 1 skydive itself. This AFF Tandem will be from approximately 12,000 feet. You will be wearing an altimeter and the instructor will give you an orientation of the airfield whilst under the parachute. With the dual controls you can steer the canopy under the guidance of your instructor. Your instructor will land the parachute for you.

For your AFF Level 1 skydive, you will have an instructor either side of you in free fall. Instructions will be given via a set of hand signals which relate to control/ movement of different parts of your body. You will be wearing an altimeter and a chest mounted radio so instructions can be given to you from the ground to help you land the parachute. You can expect a thorough briefing prior to the jump and a full debriefing after landing. On level 1 you will be observed by the instructors for awareness, altitude checks and practise pulls.

About The Levels

Level 1 - After your training, you are ready to leave the aircraft from heights up to 12,000 feet with two AFF instructors holding onto you. Whilst in free fall you will complete practise pulls all the while maintaining heading and altitude awareness. At 6,000 feet you deploy your parachute and fly it back to the landing area - you will be guided via radio by a ground based instructor. After the landing you will be debriefed by your instructor. The cost of the AFF level 1 is included in the initial training.

Level 2 - You will be briefed by your instructor again, and will practise the skydive on the ground before entering the plane. You exit the aircraft at 12,000 with two instructors again. This time, you learn to control movement whilst maintaining heading and altitude awareness. At 6,000 feet you signal to your instructors and deploy your parachute. Once again, an instructor will guide you via radio to help you land. A debrief will follow the landing.

Level 3 - As with the previous levels, you will receive a thorough briefing on the ground first. You will have two instructors again and will maintain a heading whilst demonstrating control in free fall. If you are doing well then the instructors will release you. You still need to maintain heading and altitude awareness. Once again, an instructor will guide you via radio to help you land. Another debrief will follow the landing.


Level 4 - Thanks to the skills that you have demonstrated during the previous levels, you now only require one instructor. You learn to start, control and stop turns whilst in free fall.

Level 5 - One instructor again. This time you will execute controlled 360 degree turns in front of your instructor, all the while maintaining altitude awareness.

Level 6 - One instructor, but more advanced techniques now. These include spatial orientation, a back loop (or somersault) and moving forward horizontally (or tracking) through the air.

Level 7 - One instructor. On this level, you will put into practice everything that you have learnt so far! After exiting the aircraft from 12,000 feet you are required to complete a set sequence of 2x360 degree turns, a back loop (or somersault), and a short track before deploying your parachute at 5,000 feet.


Solo skydiver under canopy

Level 8 - The last level! You leave the aircraft on your own at 6,000 feet. You will maintain stability and deploy your parachute within 10 seconds.

After Completion Of The Course

Once you have finished your AFF course, it is necessary for you to complete a further 10 jumps known as consolidation jumps. During this period you will still be checked and dispatched from the aircraft by an instructor. You will practise your skills and improve on what you were taught during the AFF course.

After you have completed these 10 consolidation jumps you will be able to receive your FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) "A" licence. This is recognised at all parachute centres in the UK and internationally.

Weather Conditions

Safety is the number one priority throughout the course. As a student there are restrictions on the conditions you may jump in - so patience is required in abundance! The weather plays a huge part so please understand that it may take some time before the jumps are completed. It can be very frustrating as a student - all of the instructors have been in the same position themselves and understand your situation fully.

We have two landing areas at the airport. Which one we land on is dictated by the wind direction. AFF students are only allowed to land on the Northern area. This means that you may be unable to jump if the wind is not in the right direction. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the weather and so there may be days where you are at the centre all day yet can't jump. If you can commit weekends to the centre and the weather is good, then we can hopefully get you through as quickly as possible.

Restrictions

You do not need to be an Olympic athlete to become a skydiver but there are limitations as regards to your weight - 15 stone for men and 13 stone for ladies (both fully clothed).

EVERYONE has to fill out a "Solo Student Parachutist Declaration of Fitness" form (also known as the medical form).

Some people will require a doctor to sign and stamp this form.

Anyone aged 16 or 17 will require the signature of a parent or legal guardian on the BPA Membership Agreement (also known as the under 18 parental consent form).

Our governing body, the BPA, does not allow anyone aged 55 or over to do AFF training.

Visit our documents page to download copies of these forms from our website.

Insurance Information

If you have completed a tandem skydive with us previously then you would have been issued with a "P6" number. This is your 3rd party insurance number, and is valid for a year. It allows you to do as many tandems as you like within that 12 months. It will also cover you for your AFF tandem and your AFF Level 1 skydive.

If you do not have a "P6" insurance number then we will issue you with one. This will cover you for your AFF tandem and your AFF Level 1 - the cost is included in the cost of the training.

This 3rd party insurance covers you for up to 5 million pounds.

If you wish to continue onto AFF Level 2 then you are required to convert this insurance to full BPA membership. The membership year runs from the 1st April each year, and expires at the end of March. Therefore the cost of the conversion depends on when you take it out. Please bring a credit card with you so that you can complete the application form when needed.

Our governing body, the British Parachute Association (BPA) will send you a membership card which you should keep with you. You will also receive a magazine every 2 months from the BPA.

Some people do like to have personal insurance cover which covers skydiving. There are various companies which offer this type of cover so it is best to search the internet to find one which meets your needs.

Costs

At Skydive Swansea we find that breaking down the cost of the AFF Course into "pay as you jump" is much easier than paying a large amount up front.

All these jumps include instruction, de briefs, kit hire and packing of the parachute. If a jump isn’t completed correctly then it must be done again at these costs.

Please be aware that if a jump needs to be repeated it will be the same costs as above and that is why Level One is included again. Everyone is different, some people go through the course with no repeat jumps others maybe have to repeat one or two jumps.

Logbook and Skydive Swansea club membership is £25.

A further 10 jumps called consolidation jumps are at a cost of £38 each.

Course Dates

2016 Dates

27th October

2017 Dates

17th February, 17th March, 13th April

25th May, 22nd June, 27th July, 31st August

28th September, 26th October

Please contact us if you wish to be added to our waiting list.

Freefall DVD And Photos

Why not have your first solo skydive filmed? This is a fantastic way to remember your skydive and a great way to see how you look in freefall, or to relive the experience with your friends and family.


For more information visit our freefall DVD page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question to ask? Why not see if it has already been covered in our list of frequently asked questions.


For more information visit our FAQs page.

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Please Note

Parachuting does have an element of risk which you accept by signing the terms and conditions in the information pack and the Student training record sheet on the day of the jump. All staff ensure training is to the highest possible standard, with safety being the number one priority. If any individual is considered not capable of undertaking the planned parachute descent, before or after training, the individual will not be allowed to complete the jump. We reserve the right to decline anyone we consider unsuitable to jump on the day, even if they are within the weight restrictions.


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