Accelerated Freefall (AFF) is the best way to experience an exciting freefall from 10,000 to 14,000 feet above the ground. For many new jumpers that have previously experienced a tandem skydive, the adventure is too heart stopping to want to quit there. Instead, you think that maybe you would like to become a licensed skydiver with the education and ability to jump any time. At Baltimore Skydiving, our expert instructors can help you learn the skills needed to make a living from skydiving. After graduating our AFF program you will have the chance to grab that solo jump experience you crave. And you can skydive unimpeded and untethered to an instructor. With an USPA 'A' license you will have the freedom to skydive anytime. How cool is that?
It is something to be proud of to earn your A License, but you will also discover that you will make new friends and lose whatever fear of flying you may have once had as you progress. Not only will you learn how to skydive with a group, you will be taught how to correctly pack your parachute. You will feel proud knowing that you can competently make a solo skydive from over 10,000 feet and even progress with advanced classes.
The United States Parachute Association (USPA) is an organization that represents skydivers and drop zone owners by supplying education procedures and issuing skydiving licenses in the United States. The sky diving licenses range from the basic "A license" (25 jumps) through "D" (qualified to apply for after 500 jumps), projecting the escalating levels of skill and success.
On the first level of the training program you will split your time between on-ground training and in-flight experience. The first level is intended to provide students the chance to get into the air quickly yet safely; you will be shown some of the tricks of the trade to use in the course of your first skydive. Expect to learn how to maneuver your body, deploy the canopy correctly and how to land safely. Having received the ground class, you will be accompanied by two AFF instructors on your first skydive to provide you with additional stability and guide you through your initial jumps. From exiting the aircraft to freefall time and then landing, your instructor will be monitoring your every move. You will be expected to master more on body control during freefall as you advance to more advanced levels. Additionally, you will be assisted through advanced skill-sets and procedures like airplane spotting, gear checks, parachute packing and attaining stability after moves such as back loops, flips and gliding.
At level 6, you will be ready to conduct your first solo jump. This happens after a concluding evaluation of sorts. Your instructors need to confirm that you have the skills required. A jump master will follow along to evaluate your execution and upon successful conclusion, you are qualified for certification. As long as you have met the conditions of the course by completing 25 jumps and the activities that your trainer has given you, you're qualified to receive your USPA 'A' license.
The Accelerated Freefall program is grueling and demanding, so you will have to meet the following to apply for the course:
If you want to soar in the sky, you'll need to start by signing up for our AFF course. Sign up with us today and let us assist you in earning your skydiving certification. No prior experience is needed. Begin to discover everything skydiving has to offer!