The AFF program is the first step in obtaining your skydiving license.
The AFF program begins with a First Jump Course, and then follows with 7 levels of
in-air skydiving instruction.
The AFF First Jump Course consists of a six to eight hour ground school in which you will learn about the equipment, emergency procedures, aircraft procedures, climb out, the dive flow, canopy control, and landings.
Levels 1, 2, & 3 require two freefall Jumpmasters (JM) to accompany the student. These dives concentrate on teaching basic safety skills such as altitude awareness, body position, stability during freefall and most importantly, a successful ripcord pull. On level 3, the JMs will release the student in freefall for the first time, to fly completely on their own. Levels 4, 5, 6, & 7 require only one freefall JM and teach the student air skills such as turns, forward movement and docking on other people, front loops, back loops, "superman" exits, etc. Each AFF level is designed to take one jump, and requires the First Jump Course before the first jump. Training for subsequent levels is completed in about 30 minutes of training. After successfully performing the objectives of each level, the student moves on to the next level.
The time of your actual jump will depend on weather, winds, daylight and other variables. Be prepared to spend the entire day.