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AFF

Accelerated Freefall (AFF) is the fastest route to becoming a qualified skydiver.

You can read more about what the course entails in our article here.

The full AFF course consists of:

a day in ground school learning both the theory and practise of skydiving

8 levels (normally one skydive per level, subject to you completing the required objectives) learning core freefall skills

10 consolidation jumps practising what you've learnt

On completion of the above you will be awarded a British Parachute Association (BPA) A licence, valid worldwide.

This is our most intensive course, so you will be in a group of no more than 4 students, ensuring individual attention. AFF Instructors accompany you in freefall and provide direct tuition during each skydive, assessing and coaching you moment by moment, giving you both time and help to build your confidence in the air.

If you want to try solo skydiving before committing to the full course, we offer the option to do Level 1 only, which includes ground training and your first jump.

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Above: Student Aaron on his level 1 jump with instructors Dave and Phil

What are the AFF levels?

On level 1 you will jump with 2 instructors. You will follow a planned sequence to demonstrate good body position and altitude awareness, along with 'practice pulls' to locate your deployment handle. You'll pull your own parachute and fly back to the landing area, with guidance from your instructors by radio.

On levels 2 and 3 you still have 2 instructors, but we expect to see an improvement in body position and awareness, and on level 3 you should be able to demonstrate control to the extent that both instructors can release you to fly on your own!

Now that you've satisfied us that you have the required control in freefall, on level 4 you will have just 1 instructor jumping with you. On this jump the objective is to start and stop controlled turns in both directions.

Level 5 reinforces the turns, with any improvements from the previous jump. Your instructor may add other freefall exercises depending on your performance.

On level 6 things get really fun! This is your first solo exit from the aircraft; on all previous levels your instructor is holding onto you for the exit. Next you will do a backloop to show your instructor that you can regain stability after a tumble, and then we introduce tracking which is horizontal movement across the sky - now you really are superman!

Level 7 is about putting everything together - you'll demonstrate a full sequence of solo exit, backloop, tracking and turns, maintaining altitude awareness and control throughout.

Level 8 is what we call a 'hop and pop' - leaving the aircraft at an altitude of around 5000ft you'll do a stable exit and pull your parachute after a short delay to simulate having to exit in an emergency.

Now you've completed all the AFF levels, all that remains is to do 10 consolidation jumps and you can apply for your license. The consolidation jumps are still under instructor supervision, but you'll usually be in freefall on your own - quite a strange feeling at first!

If you are unable to demonstrate the required skills on a level your instructor may require you to repeat the jump. There will be an additional cost for this (levels 1-3 repeat is £170, levels 4-7 £110 and £80 for level 8).

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Above: AFF student Alice completes her level 7 jump with instructor Chris!

How long does it take to complete AFF?

AFF can be completed very quickly, if you can commit the time to be at the dropzone and the weather is on our side! After doing ground training on day 1, we can complete 3-4 jumps per day if you are able to maintain your performance. The best way to finish the course (and to retain the muscle memory and lessons from previous jumps) is to take a week to be at the dropzone every day, but if you aren't able to do this you can come back to jump any time. Every day while you are learning you'll need an instructor to refresh your training to make sure you've remembered all the key information and safety skills.

Level 1 Only Full Course
Ground training
One month BPA membership

Full year BPA membership
Level 1
Levels 2-8
10 Consolidation Jumps
Price £375 £1699

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Our video and photo package can be added to any AFF course. One of our experienced freefall photographers will skydive with you on levels 1 to 7, providing a video record for you to show your friends and family.

IMPORTANT: In order to participate in our solo skydiving courses your weight (fully clothed) must not exceed 224 pounds (16 stone, 102 Kg) . You must be between the ages of 16 (with permission of a parent/guardian) and 55. Exceptions to the higher age limit may be permitted if the person has previous skydiving experience (excluding tandem skydives).

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