By the time students complete the AFP program, they are able to perform a multitude of exits, successfully demonstrate novice maneuvers, good canopy control skills, and recite general equipment knowledge with confidence.
Requirements. In order to be considered for our AFP program, each person must do a tandem jump and at least two training tandems.
Training Tandems. Students complete a minimum of two “working” or “training” tandem skydives in which the student is securely attached to an experienced tandem instructor. Each training skydive includes ground instruction teaching students how to turn in freefall, move forward and backwards, keep altitude aware, deploy the parachute, and come in for landing.
Comprehensive Ground School - FJC. After successfully completing the training tandems, students take a one day ground course known as the First Jump Course (FJC). Our FJC is designed to teach the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a solo skydive successfully. The comprehensive first jump course covers everything from aircraft and emergency procedures, to generalized safety precautions, basic freefall skills and canopy control.
Solo Skydives. Next, students start a progressive series of seven solo-skydiving levels with an instructor. The student is wearing their own parachute system. The levels are described below:
- Level One is a replica of the first tandem skydive focused on body position, heading and altitude awareness.
- Level Two begins an introduction to turning
- Level Three allows for the student to practice stability and heading control upon the instructor’s release.
- Levels Four and Five give an introduction to solo exit and involve a series of 90, 180, and 360 degree turns along with exposure to aircraft spotting which means you are determining your exit point or "spot" from which you jump out of the aircraft.
- Level Six introduces unstable maneuvers including left and right barrel rolls and also teaches delta tracking which means moving forward during freefall. And Finally...
- Level Seven entails front flips and back loops along with other maneuvers of choice to be worked and improved upon.
What's Next. The AFP program teaches students the necessary knowledge to self-supervise themselves while working towards becoming an A-licensed skydiver. Instructors reduce the student’s anxiety levels while increasing safety and performance, all while maximizing the student’s learning experience. "Student status" continues until you obtain an A-License. Requirements for an A-License include multiple Coach jumps where an instructor is evaluating and "coaching" the student to improve skills and techniques, taking a Packing Class and jumping a parachute you packed.
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