AFF COURSE
SOLO SKYDIVING FOR BEGINNERS

So you want to be a skydiver? Skydiving solo from your first jump, Accelerated Freefall (AFF) is the modern way to learn to skydive.

You don’t need to do a tandem skydive to make a solo AFF jump. In fact, doing a tandem has no bearing at all – the course is exactly the same for those with no jumps and those with tandem(s), the only difference is the latter has a better idea of how epic they’re going to feel.

Jump solo and untethered from skydive no.1

Deploy and fly your own parachute

Work towards your skydiving licence

WHY CHOOSE AFF

Challenging, intensive, and totally awesome, AFF is definitely the way to go for those who know or think they might want to become a qualified skydiver.

You attend a one-day training course where you’re introduced to everything you need to know about skydiving on your own. The next day, you make a first skydive accompanied by two highly trained instructors.

Sold? Book your AFF and begin your skydiving journey!

You can do AFF even if you think you’ll only make one skydive, if you’re just a badass that wants the pull-your-own-chute experience. When booking AFF solo skydiving, we offer options to suit different budgets and commitment levels.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS

Introduction to skydiving

There’s no need to do a tandem skydive first, your very first jump can be solo. Wearing your own parachute, you’ll get in the plane, and at altitude the door will open and you’ll jump out. 120mph freefall. Yeah. Of course, you’ll need two very experienced instructors with you the whole time and at least six hours in the classroom to make sure you know what you’re doing.

Skydiving Licence Course

There’s no need to do a tandem skydive first, your very first jump can be solo. Wearing your own parachute, you’ll get in the plane, and at altitude the door will open and you’ll jump out. 120mph freefall. Yeah. Of course, you’ll need two very experienced instructors with you the whole time and at least six hours in the classroom to make sure you know what you’re doing.

Not convinced? Do you just want to make a skydive and don’t fancy a day in school?

AFF INTRODUCTION TO SOLO SKYDIVING

Day 1 – Skydive School

Whether you’ve signed up for a single solo skydive (AFF Level 1) or the full course, AFF starts in the classroom. You complete an AFF groundschool, which involves a minimum of 6 hours training from an instructor in a class of up to four students.

Groundschool covers everything you need to know for a successful safe first skydive. Once completed, you are ready to jump!

AFF instructor class

Day 2 –  Jumping out of an airplane

This could be on the same day as groundschool, if you attend when daylight hours are long. You will be refreshed of what you learned and kitted up by your instructors. You will board the aircraft with two experienced instructors who are with you throughout your freefall.

Fall for approximately a minute at 120 mph, deploy your parachute and fly back to the dropzone (another instructor will be speaking to you through a radio in your helmet to help with bit).

Congratulations – you’re a skydiver! Want to go again?

Accelerated Freefall Level 1 jump Jose

Accelerated Free Fall Course

Your first solo skydive is your ‘AFF Level 1 jump’ and forms part of an 18 jump course. The full AFF course involves working through these jumps, meeting the requirements to move onto the next.

Each level develops different skills and you can progress at the rate you want. Some of our students have gone full ‘zero to hero’ and gained their licence within a week of starting, others progress doing a couple of jumps per month.

Groundschool

Groundschool

Minimum six hours of classroom-based learning to prepare you for your first skydive. An instructor takes you and up to three other students through the essentials of solo skydiving.

ground school skydiving aff course uk
Level 1

AFF Level 1

Two instructors. You exit the plane between 12,500 and 15,000 feet and freefall for about a minute, practicing the stable position you were taught in groundschool. You may deploy your own parachute or an instructor may deploy it for you.

Fly yourself back, an instructor on the ground will speak to you through a radio in your helmet to provide guidance.

Accelerated Freefall Level 1 jump Jose
Level 2

AFF Level 2

Two instructors. Exactly the same as L1 but if you are falling stably, one instructor will release you. You might see them in front of you, so smile! You deploy your own parachute from here on out.

AFF Level 2
Level 3

AFF Level 3

Two instructors. Same again, but if you’re killing it both instructors will let go so you can freefall unassisted.

AFF Level 3
Level 4

AFF Level 4

One instructor. You’ve proven yourself in levels 1-3, so now you jump with one instructor. This skydive, you learn how to make turns in freefall.

AFF Level 4
Level 5

AFF Level 5

One instructor. On this jump you make bigger turns, doing full 360s in freefall.

AFF Level 5
Level 6

AFF Level 6

One instructor. This jump you learn how to initiate and stabilise from a backloop and the art of ‘tracking’ – flying your body forwards across the sky like an arrow.

AFF Level 6
Level 7

AFF Level 7

One instructor. You do your own stunts. This jump you demonstrate all the moves you’ve learned so far in a single freefall.

AFF course Level 7 tracking
Level 8

AFF LEVEL 8

‘Hop and pop’. This jump you get out at a lower altitude (5,000-6,000 feet), your instructor will watch you go as you exit stably and deploy your parachute after a much shorter freefall.

AFF course Level 8 hop and pop
Consolidation Jumps

Consols

No instructor! You’ve got the skills, now practice makes perfect. To earn your licence you need to make 10 further solo skydives known as ‘Consols’.

An instructor will watch you leave the plane, but you’re on your own. What you do in freefall is up to you.

AFF course Consolidation jump

How much does AFF cost?

AFF Level 1 starts from £350, a full course (Levels 1 -8 and consolidation jumps) starts at £1,750. Additional consolidation jumps cost around £45 per jump depending on the dropzone. Some of our centres offer “consol packages” where you can purchase all 10 jump tickets at a discount.

You can find detailed pricing for our centres, and pay your course deposit on our booking page.

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