AFF (Accelerated Free Fall)
AFF is one of the most intense methods of learning to skydive. You will have to attend and pass the approximately 6-hour long Ground School prior to doing your AFF first jump. You will be equipped with an individual harness and dual parachute system. Both parachutes are similar to the Ram-Air type used for tandem jumping. With an AFF first jump, two AFF instructors will jump with you during your first three jumps. On those three jumps, the instructors hold on to you (one on either side) from exit from the aircraft until you deploy your own parachute. The AFF instructors have no physical connection to you other than their grip on your harness, so once your parachute is deployed the instructors track away and deploy their own canopies.
As your instructors freefall with you, they are able to correct your body position and other problems during freefall by communicating with you via hand signals. The instructors will attempt to assist you as much as necessary. You will be debriefed and corrective training completed after the jump.
Deployment of the main canopy for students in an AFF start is 5,500' AGL (above ground level). The freefall time is the same as that of a tandem skydive. If you experience trouble in the deployment of your parachute, the instructors first use hand signals to remind you to "Pull". If you still experience trouble, the instructors will assist you by physically putting your hand on the pilot chute, but if you still have trouble, the instructor will deploy for you (which will automatically require a repeat of that jump). The instructor may pull your main canopy at any time if you appear to be in danger. Extra "pull" handles are usually installed on student gear giving additional access for instructors.
After your parachute is deployed, you have the responsibility of visually assessing the parachute condition, physically testing the parachute to see if it is safe to land, and maneuvering it back to the landing area.
During the AFF (and STP) jumps,you will have radio assistance from your instructor when they land after jumping with you. Your instructor, via radio, will attempt to assist you with your maneuvers under their parachute and help you land safely, however you must have the skills for a solo landing in case the radio fails.
The AFF progression is an option at Plymouth Sky Sports because some people want to experience skydiving, but do not feel they can check it off their "Bucket List" until they go solo. Tandem progression is suggested because it provides a relief of responsibility on the intense first jump, while still providing the rush and training benefit, with a 25 minute class rather than a 6-hour class.
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