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?
Yes. We require at least 1 tandem skydive before starting the training program. Why? Because it will help you succeed, and we are all about building success in our students. Having made 1 tandem skydive before starting the training process will help you get more out of the training program and will help you think more clearly in freefall.
- 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. Sometimes we will have you do a training tandem as your first jump to demonstrate knowledge of skills taught in the class.
- 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 month and as slowly as six months. The USPA requires that you complete 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 ground training classes and 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.