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Skydiving, “or parachuting is a method of exiting an aircraft and returning to Earth with the aid of gravity, then slowing down during the last part of the descent by using a parachute. It may involve more or less free-fall, a time during which the parachute has not been deployed and the body gradually accelerates to terminal velocity.
Andre-Jacques Garnerin was the first to make successful descents using a canvas canopy from a small basket tethered beneath a hot-air balloon. The first intentional freefall jump with a ripcord-operated deployment is credited to Leslie Irvin in 1919.
The military developed parachuting technology as a way to save aircrews from emergencies aboard balloons and aircraft in flight, and later as a way of delivering soldiers to the battlefield. Early competitions date back to the 1930s, and it became an international sport in 1952″.
The United States Parachute Association’s (USPA) Accelerated Freefall Program advances students through eight categories of proficiency (A to H) and the completion of 25 skydives to qualify them for their USPA “A” license.
Initially you jump with your instructors flying alongside you, teaching you while in free fall. The first seven levels of our AFF program require you to jump with instructors, after you have completed these seven levels you can be jumping solo!
Because you are responsible for deploying and flying your own parachute there is much more that you need to know! Before making your first AFF skydive you need to attend the AFF first jump course class which is a 6 to 8 hour class which prepares you for your first AFF skydive. Provided you stay current each subsequent jump requires only a short period of review training and a briefing for your next skydive.
As you work through AFF and towards your A license you will learn advanced techniques such as:
- controlled turns in freefall
- forward and backward motion
- tracking through the sky
- adjusting fall rate
- group exits
- flying your parachute with precision and accuracy
- and much more!
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Instructors have been specially trained to teach you in the air, so you are actually learning in freefall! We also offer a professionally edited video of your AFF skydive, complete with music and still pictures.”
Most of the world’s great skydivers learned through the Accelerated Free Fall method, and once you have completed the course you are well on your way to becoming a master skydiver!
Skydive New England has taken the best information available and incorporated it into our program. Our AFF course exceeds all of the United States Parachute Association’s regulations and has received rave reviews from our satisfied students!
To make an AFF skydive you must be over 18 years of age, because AFF is more physically and mentally demanding than a tandem we require potential AFF students to be in good physical shape. Currently we have AFF equipment suitable for students weighing under 210 pounds.
AFF students in particular should note that skydiving is a weather dependent sport, the USPA issues guide lines for wind limits for solo and AFF student jumping which are lower than for experienced skydivers and tandem skydivers.
Unsure if AFF is for you? Please call us to discuss our AFF program with an instructor or staff member.
Review general information covered in the AFF Ground School with the online version from the United States Parachute Association. Please note, this tool should only be used to familiarize the user with basic skydiving terminology and concepts. Please do not try to memorize everything, as equipment and training techniques have minor differences throughout the sport.
Nothing is impossible! You can skydive too if you are into it, but you need a certain budget for this project, before you think about it 😉
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