We run 6/7 courses a year between February & October. The ground training day typically takes place on a Thursday or Friday. The arrival time is 09:00 and the training lasts till about 6pm 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. There is no jumping on the training day.
After the ground based training day weather permitting, we aim to do the AFF Tandem and the AFF Level 1 skydive over the coming weekend. Doing an AFF tandem we find 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.
Some people just wish to complete the AFF tandem & AFF level 1 skydive. For those that wish to continue the course we offer a pay as you jump option. Please note if you do not pass a jump you will have to repeat it and pay for the jump again. If you have to repeat Level 1 this would be £184.
If you wish to do an AFF course we ask that you can commit at least 3/4 days a month at the centre to try to jump.
After your initial training day you are valid for 3 months to jump. Each time you come to the centre to jump you will be required to be there at a set time normally by 8.30am on a weekend to do a mini refresher training session that we call drills. Each time you do your drills your training is validated for 3 months again. If for some reason you didn’t do your drills for 3 months or more you would of expired your training and wouldn’t be allowed to jump until you had completed another full training day.
We have two landing areas at the Airport called Southern and Northern. Which one we land on is dictated by the wind direction. AFF students are only allowed to jump when we are landing on the Northern area. Every day is different with the wind. It can sometimes mean we spend all day on one landing area or the other or even change throughout the day.
The more you are at the centre the more chance of you jumping.