Learning to Skydive – AFF FAQS
- Is there a weight restriction for enrolling in AFF?
Yes, the maximum weight restriction is 225lbs.
- Am I required to make a tandem skydive before I can enroll in the AFF program?
No. Making a tandem skydive is not a pre-requisite to enroll in the AFF program.
- Is it possible to do the classroom training and my first jump in the same day?
Yes, but it is not a guarantee. The ground school usually takes between six and eight hours. If weather conditions are acceptable, our intention is to have you make the first jump following class.
We have the right to keep you grounded until we feel you have grasped all of the information and understand the procedures clearly.
- Are weather limitations different for someone learning to skydive than licensed skydivers.
Yes and this can be frustrating for those going through the learning stages of skydiving. It is possible that you may be grounded while other skydivers continue to jump. This is usually caused by wind conditions as the variables of parachute size and experience do increase the risk factor.
Remember to be patient as your safety is our priority.
- Is all of the gear provided?
Yes. As you progress through the AFF program, the gear is provided and is included in the price of your AFF jumps.
Once graduating from the program, you can rent gear or we can give you guidance on the appropriate gear to purchase.
- How long does it take to complete the AFF course?
There is no set answer but it ultimately comes down to three variables: your schedule, weather and budget.
We have had students complete the program as quickly as a week and as slowly as six months. We recommend that you make no less than at least one training jump every 30 days.
Failure to jump within 30 days of your last jump will cause participants to become ‘uncurrent.’ If uncurrent, students will have to repeat their last successfully completed AFF category.
- Is it possible to not pass a category?
Yes. Before students can progress to the next category, they must demonstrate skill objectives in each category.
- How many AFF instructors are with me during the AFF program.
There will be two AFF instructors jumping with you for Categories A, B and C. At the completion of Category C, you will continue jumping with one AFF instructor.
- How do I land if I've never jumped before?
You will be provided with a wireless radio. Upon deployment of your parachute, a member of our ground crew will talk you down teaching flight patterns and correct landing techniques.