AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) Program

Addendum

AFF Specific

During the last few years the United States Parachute Association has made adjustments to their “Accelerated Freefall Program.” They have reduced the number of “Targeted Learning Objectives” required for each jump, and increased the number of jumps to graduate.

This allows students to deal with fewer steps in each jump, and it allows DZ owners to use skydiving coaches rather than certified AFF instructors during the later stages of AFF student training.

There are no changes or omissions in the TLO’s between the older “level 1 through 7” approach and the newer one. The older system covers the same information and skills, but in fewer jumps.

This method has served drop zones and their instructors and students well for many years. It simply requires more effort and a higher skill level in teaching on the part of the instructors. In turn, it produces AFF graduates just as skilled if not better.

At this time Rapid Descent does not have the coaches necessary to use the newer Accelerated Freefall program as suggested by the USPA. The pricing schedule is not set up for the increased number of jumps required. Therefore, we will use the “level 1 through 7” approach.

Brief overview of the seven steps in AFF. Level one as well as the initial tandems are both listed for clarity.

Tandem 1 (Experiential)

Can be from any previous time or place

Tandem 2 (Instructional)

Must be completed as part of our AFF program with our instructors

Level 1 (Free Arm) (Requires two instructors)

  1. Circle of Observation
  2. Release Arms
  3. Three Pilot Chute Handle Touches
  4. Circle of Observation
  5. Re-grip by six thousand feet
  6. Three Second Scans to pull altitude
  7. Wave-Off and Pull by five thousand feet

Level 2 (Free Arm Plus) (Requires two instructors)

  1. Circle of Observation
  2. Release Arms
  3. Three Pilot Chute Handle Touches
  4. Circle of Observation
  5. Forward Motion, Left Turn and Right Turn (No more maneuvers below six thousand feet)
  6. Re-grip by six thousand feet
  7. Three Second Scans to pull altitude
  8. Wave-Off and Pull by five thousand feet

Level 3 (Release Dive) (Requires two instructors)

  1. Circle of Observation
  2. Release Arms
  3. One Pilot Chute Handle Touch
  4. Circle of Observation
  5. Release Student
  6. Three Second Scans to pull altitude
  7. Wave-Off and Pull by five thousand feet

Level 4 (90 degree turns to re-dock) (Requires one instructor)

  1. Circle of Observation
  2. Release Student
  3. Student executes a 90 degree turn back to Instructor (Starting a turn, and stopping a turn is all that is required)
  4. Student moves toward Instructor for Re-dock (Starting and stopping forward motion is all that is required, Re-dock is not necessary)
  5. Repeat release and turns to Re-dock
  6. No More Turns below six thousand feet
  7. Wave-Off and Pull by five thousand feet

Level 5 (360 degree turns to re-dock) (Requires one instructor)

  1. Student assists in spotting aircraft
  2. Circle of Observation
  3. Release Student
  4. 270 degree turn then forward motion to re-dock with Instructor
  5. 360 degree turn in opposite direction then forward motion to re-dock with Instructor
  6. Circle of Observation
  7. Three Second Scans to pull altitude
  8. Wave-Off and Pull by four thousand feet

Level 6 (No-Grip Poised Exit) (Requires one instructor)

  1. Student takes more responsibility for spotting the aircraft
  2. Student exits the aircraft in a poised position without grips and lays base.
  3. Instructor demonstrates a back loop
  4. Student executes a back loop
  5. Student performs a second back loop if time allows
  6. Student executes a track at 90 degrees to Instructor (Starting and stopping a track is all that is required.  The Track does not have to be straight at this time.)
  7. Wave-Off and Pull by four thousand feet

Level 7 (Half Series Plus) (Requires one instructor)

  1. Instructor and student reverse positions in the aircraft.
  2. Student takes full responsibility for spotting the aircraft.
  3. Student exits the aircraft head first on count from the instructor
  4. Circle of Observation
  5. Front Loop
  6. Back Loop
  7. 360 degree left turn
  8. 360 degree right turn
  9. Initiate track 180 degrees away from Instructor by 5000 feet
  10. Wave-Off and Pull by four thousand feet

Parachute packing skills are taught as time allows but will be completed by the time the student graduates from our AFF program.

This is our Price chart, if paid in full you will receive 10% off the total. We also offer the option of paying as you go.



Category

Instructors

Price

Introductory Tandem1$225
Ground School1$135
Instructional Tandem1$225
Category A1$300
Category B2$300
Category C12$300
Category C21$225
Category D11$225
Category D21$225
Category E11$225
Category E2- first solo1$125
AFF PROGRAM TOTAL$2,510
AFF program pd in full$2,250
Supervised jumps (x14)$57- High $47- Low
Check Dives1$125
TOTAL$3,433

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We want to be sure you understand the program thoroughly before you start.

Click here to contact us, or give us a call at 573-221-3230 or 573-822-5009

Student Status

Student Status

Although the name isn't much fun, being a student means all the seasoned Skydivers are always giving you tips and advice. They look out for you and your equipment and most importantly they tell you skydiving stories, good or bad the stories are a good learning tool in this sport. We have found when we listen and learn to others our jumps turn out better than ever!