The most popular method to acquire your "A License" is the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) course which gives you an incredible freefall experience. The Accelerated FreeFall "First Jump Course" is intended to provide each novice at Fort Lauderdale Skydiving with the needed skills to safely perform their first solo skydive. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) suggested course for new skydiving students is called the "Integrated Student Program" (ISP). The United States Parachute Association's Integrated Student Program sets Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) for a series of 7 instructional levels. Each level's TLOs must be performed by the student before they can advance to the subsequent level. Levels 1 through 7 are the instructional skydives where the novice must be accompanied with an accordingly rated skydive coach. As soon as Level 7 has been finished by the student, they are then allowed to monitor themselves although most skydive centers will demand a jump master to accompany them on additional skydives. Now the student is almost done! After completing a total of 25 skydives and getting their "A License" criteria approved by an accredited instructor, the student is then allowed to undertake their A License Check Dive. Finally the student is entitled to their A License and is no longer a trainee. While a license is not required to skydive legally, the USPA license will allow the skydiver to journey to other USPA member dropzones and use their license to verify they have the skill-sets needed to jump.
New pupils in our Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) method are mandated to make their first three jumps with 2 jump masters jumping along with them. The coaches freefall with the beginner and hang on until the student deploys their canopy at the proper altitude. As a result, this technique is referred to as ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ There is no other physical connection to the student besides the hand hold and once the student deploys their canopy, the coaches fly a safe distance away and deploy their own chutes.
The Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) parachute deployment altitude is normally set at 5,500 feet above ground level (AGL.) If the trainee encounters difficulty in the deployment of their canopy, our instructors first use hand signals to advise the student to "Pull." If the student still experiences difficulty, the Fort Lauderdale Skydiving affiliate coaches will aid their student by bodily placing the student's hand on the pilot chute release. If this doesn't work, the coach will deploy the parachute for the student. The instructor has the authority to pull the student's main parachute at any time the student appears to be in danger. Additional "pull" handles are placed on student equipment giving additional access for coaches.
Once the student has proven they can release their own chute on their first few skydives, they will be permitted to make higher level jumps and will get the chance to demonstrate to our coaches that they have the basic flying skills required to jump without guidance. With the more advanced jumps, the coach may not have the ability to take hold of the student and assist so displaying the capability to pull one's own parachute is important. The student is required to have a solid understanding of these procedures.
In safety and security, the AFF training program is unmatched. The instructor has a "hard deck" where they must pull their parachute and save their own life. This is a minimum altitude that all divers are made aware of to avoid instructor injury. The trainee rig is armed with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) that fires the reserve parachute once the student passes the activation altitude at free fall velocities. Although the AAD feature is rarely used, each student's safety is of utmost importance and it serves as a vital precaution.
In the course of these training skydives, instructors have the chance to coach the student on body position using hand signals. After each jump, the instructors then review the skydive with the student and perform corrective coaching. When the student advances to higher levels, he or she studies flying maneuvers such as freefall speed control, flying forward, executing turns and even flips! The objective of the drills are to prove to the student and instructor that the student can execute a disorienting procedure resulting in deliberate instability followed by regaining control. Each Accelerated FreeFall skydive at Fort Lauderdale Skydiving is progressive in nature, developing on skills previously mastered.
When the student has completed all "Targeted Learning Objectives" (TLOs,) the instructor is then able to confirm that all criteria have been fulfilled. Airborne instructors are not the only coaches helping students at Fort Lauderdale Skydiving. There are also ground personnel who stay in radio contact with the trainee while they are flying their canopy. In the event of radio failure, however, it is key that the trainee knows the fundamental skills of flying under canopy.
All Accelerated FreeFall Students will be given an application and urged to join the United States Parachuting Association before finalizing their Accelerated FreeFall training course. Call Fort Lauderdale Skydiving now at 954-794-1210 and start your freefall instruction today!