Accelerated Freefall (AFF)

The individual skydive training program Accelerated Freefall (AFF) is the most effective and safest skydiving course to date. AFF makes use of the most advanced techniques and equipment. Our AFF course will turn anyone into a true skydiver!

All AFF jumps are performed from an altitude of 3,500-4,000 meters using a special training system equipped with square parachutes (main and reserve) and an automatic activation device.

It seems that the AFF training system is more intricate than older courses. However, it is an established fact that a student learns the correct the freefall position much faster and more effectively, because he/she is accompanied by experienced instructors on every jump.

The long freefall enables the student to make the most of each jump.

All your jumps can be videotaped for you and the instructors to analyze and also for the sake of good memories. After the landing, the student and instructors go over the video to thoroughly analyze the jump, pinpoint all mistakes and get ready for the following jump. The Moscow AFF course includes a very intensive land training program under the watchful eyes of the instructors.

SKYDIVING SKILLS ARE MASTERED ON THE GROUND!

Course description

There are seven levels to our AFF course:

During the first three levels, a student picks the key freefall skills. They include the skill to exit an aircraft, control your body during the freefall, focus, use skydiving devices, and deploy the parachute. The student acquires these skills through active practice and direct control by the instructors while in the air.

The next four AFF levels are designed to further develop skills and techniques of maneuvering during the freefall. A student gains the skills of closing on the instructor, making 360-degree turns, front and back loops, and tracking, jump planning and awareness during the freefall. Focus is placed on safety during the preparation and performance of the jump. A new level is achieved based on accomplishments rather than the number of completed jumps. 

WATCH THE AFF 7 LEVELS VIDEO

PHASE 1 "FIRST SKILLS"

прыжки с парашютом 1 level: All-round on-ground training, a tandem jump with one AFF instructor, a jump with two AFF instructors. The first level comprises theoretical training, initial skills of body control during the freefall, focusing, altimeter use, parachute deployment, canopy control, and first solo landing with radio contact, review and debriefing.

2 level: A jump with two AFF instructors. The second level comprises pre-jump training, practice of freefall positions, and development of parachute deployment skills, landing with radio contact, jump review and correction of mistakes, and preparation for the next jump.

3 level: A jump with two AFF instructors. The third level will teach a student to maintain the right direction during the freefall, control legs and maintain the body arch, independently deploy and control the canopy, and land on the designated spot. The level also covers the examination of the jump and identification and rectification of mistakes.

PHASE 2 “MANEUVERING”

прыжки с парашютом 

4 level: A jump with one AFF instructor. The objective of level 4 is to train controlled turns of at least 90 degrees, forward movement during the freefall, wave off techniques, landing within 50 meters of the dead center, debriefing and rectification of mistakes.

5 level: A jump with one AFF instructor. The fifth level centers on controlled 360 degree turns, tracking after each turn and body control in all directions.

6 level: A jump with one AFF instructor. Level six comprises a solo exit, stable fall, a back loop and return to the initial position, horizontal break off, landing within 25 meters of the dead center, correct landing (breaking and touchdown).

7 level: 

4 level: A jump with one AFF instructor. The objective of level 4 is to train controlled turns of at least 90 degrees, forward movement during the freefall, wave off techniques, landing within 50 meters of the dead center, debriefing and rectification of mistakes.

5 level: A jump with one AFF instructor. The fifth level centers on controlled 360 degree turns, tracking after each turn and body control in all directions.

6 level: A jump with one AFF instructor. Level six comprises a solo exit, stable fall, a back loop and return to the initial position, horizontal break off, landing within 25 meters of the dead center, correct landing (breaking and touchdown).

7 level: Independent preparation for a jump. The jump with one AFF instructor. The objective of the jump is to practice routines during all phases, including the dive, stable freefall, front loop and return to the initial position, right and left 360 degree turns, horizontal break off, wave off techniques, and canopy deployment, landing within 25 meters of the dead center, display of safe canopy control techniques. 

PHASE 3 “LICENSE ACQUISITION”

The level comprises at least eight jumps, including

  • At least four jumps with an instructor;
  • At least four solo jumps, including one from 1,500 meters.
  • Jump sequence depends on the instructor. It is advised to alternate solo jumps and jumps with instructors.
  • Deployment altitude during the initial jumps is 1,300 meters and can be further decreased to 1,200 meters (1,100 meters?).

AFF 8.2 jumps with an instructor

  • The main difference of the AFF 8.2 course from the regular AFF Levels 1-7 is that the student gears the routines to the freefall performed by the instructor, who serves as a reference point.
  • At least two even horizontal level jumps;
  • At least two jumps practicing closing on the instructor.

AFF 8.1 solo jumps

  • NOTE: the student performs his/her first solo jump. Never leave him/her without control on the ground: load manifest, mission identification, ground check; on board: exit sequence and interval; and landing monitoring.

A successful completion of Level 8 grants a student access to solo jumps and Beginner Skydiver status.

Those who have completed the AFF course are not allowed to jump in groups, except for jumps with experienced skydivers having the club’s clearance or any Aerograd instructor. This rule applies until the student achieves Category A and does not depend on the number of jumps.

Discounts for graduates

All of the Aerograd AFF graduates will receive discount certificates to acquire skydiving gear at the Aerograd store:

  • Canopies by Icarus Canopies
  • Beginner skydiver kit (helmet, goggles, altimeter, gloves, and sound altimeter).

You will save up to USD300 on your gear!

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