If you want to learn how to skydive and experience freefall, the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) program from Baltimore Skydiving is the best way to begin! If you want to make your 1st solo jump as quickly as possible, the Accelerated FreeFall course from Baltimore Skydiving quickly gives you the skills required. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) endorsed training program for new skydiving novices is named the "Integrated Student Program" (ISP). In order to advance from level to level in the Integrated Student Program, students must accomplish certain Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) for their current level. For levels 1 through 7, a certified skydive instructor (or several teachers) must go along with the student on each skydive. As soon as Level 7 has been finished by the student, they are then permitted to oversee themselves although most dropzones will require a skydiving coach to accompany them on additional jumps. Now the student is almost done! After completing a total of 25 skydives and getting their "A License" criteria ratified by a qualified coach, the student is then allowed to undertake their A License Check Dive. Congratulations! The student has now obtained their A License! While a license is not required to skydive lawfully, the United States Parachute Association license will permit the skydiver to travel to other United States Parachute Association member skydiving centers and use their license to prove they have the abilities needed to jump.
The Accelerated FreeFall training program calls for 2 jump masters to jump with the novice for the first 3 dives. The trainers freefall with the student and hang on until the student deploys their canopy at the proper height. This methodology is commonly known as ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ There is no physical connection to the student except for the hand hold and once the student deploys their canopy, the instructors fly a safe distance away and deploy their own chutes.
Students in the AFF program are instructed to pull their parachutes at an altitude of 5,500 feet. In the event that the student does not release their parachute at the appropriate AGL, the coaches will attempt to use hand signals to help remind the student to release the parachute. Typically, the hand signals are enough to remind the student jumper to deploy their chute, but if the student still does not respond, the instructor will try to place the student's hand on the pilot chute pull. If the student still does not respond, the instructor will release the canopy for them. The coach has the authority to pull the student's main canopy at any time the student appears to be at risk. Additional "pull" handles are placed on student gear giving more accessibility for coaches.
As soon as the student has proven they can release their own canopy on their first handful of skydives, they will be permitted to make more advanced level skydives and will get the opportunity to demonstrate to our instructors that they have the basic flying skills needed to jump without guidance. On release skydives there is a possibility an instructor may not have the ability to dock and assist at pull time, so it is important that the student has absolutely picked up the skills required to pull on their own accord.
The safety and security of Accelerated Freefall students is undisputed. Every instructor has a minimum altitude or "hard deck" at which they MUST launch their own parachute. This guarantees the safety of the instructor and fellow divers. Each parachute is equipped with a reserve chute in the event a student reaches elevation and their pilot chute has not been released. The AAD (Automatic Activation Device) responds instantly, launching the reserve to give the student ample landing time. Although the AAD feature is scarcely used, each student's safety is of utmost importance and it functions as a vital preventative measure.
During the time that the trainers freefall with the student, they have the chance to improve the student's body position and other problems by interacting with the student using hand signals in freefall and debriefing the student and carrying out corrective instruction after the jump. Higher levels only require a single coach and involve the student learning how to perform airborne maneuvers such as turns, forward movement, flips, and fall rate control. The objective of the drills are to prove to the student and instructor that the student can execute a disorienting maneuver creating deliberate instability followed by regaining control. As the student continues to learn and exhibit more advanced skills, they will continue to ascend to higher levels.
Every level has "Targeted Learning Objectives" (TLOs) to help coaches determine when the student has passed all requirements. During AFF jumps, the student will have radio contact with ground staff who instruct students with maneuvers under their parachute; nevertheless the student must possess the abilities for a solo landing in case the radio fails.
All Accelerated FreeFall Pupils will be given an application and urged to enroll in the USPA before finalizing their AFF training program. Embark upon your greatest adventure! Call Baltimore Skydiving at 1-888-565-5867 and enlist in skydiving school today!