Becoming a solo skydiver involves taking 7-8 levels of skydiving training. During your very first solo freefall, you'll be accompanied by two experienced skydiving trainers who will maintain contact with you throughout your jump. In skydiving school, you'll be evaluated on your ability to understand safety techniques and your in-flight skills. Each and every level of skydiving school training consists of in-flight training alongside experienced skydive masters.
During the course of the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) instructional course, a pair of trainers jump with the novice on their first three training skydives. For these first three skydives, Skydiving Near Stamford affiliate coaches hold on to the student until they deploy their own parachute. Thus, this method is called ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ The Skydiving Near Stamford AFF coaches have no physical connection to the student besides their grip on the student, so as soon as the student's chute is deployed, the trainers fly away and deploy their own canopies.
The Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) parachute release altitude is commonly set at 5,500 feet above ground level (AGL.) If the trainee experiences trouble in the deployment of their parachute, our coaches first use hand signals to remind the student to "Pull." If the student still experiences difficulty, our instructors will assist their student by bodily placing the student's hand on the pilot parachute release. If this doesn't work, the instructor will deploy the parachute for the student. Student gear has added "pull" handles installed and instructors can release the student's parachute any time they appear to be at risk. The student's safety is always our most important factor to consider.
Displaying the correct freefall procedures, the student will be permitted to release their own parachute unassisted. Once this is done correctly, in sequence, the trainers will consider the trainee prepared for diving individually. Through a progression of release dives, during which the trainer may or may not help, the student is taught to jump alone. As this is vital to learn to dive and for safety, it is vital that the student be fully knowledgeable in basic freefall maneuvering.
Trainers on all AFF skydives have a minimum altitude where they must deploy their own parachute and protect their own life. All student rigs are outfitted with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) which will immediately release the parachute if they cross the predetermined altitude limit at freefall velocity. Although it is very rare that a trainee will have an AAD activation, this final level of protection safeguards the student as much as possible from the repercussions of being out of control or not being able to pull their own canopy.
During these training skydives, instructors are able to coach the student on body position using hand signals. After each jump, the instructors then evaluate the skydive with the student and conduct corrective instruction. Higher levels only call for one trainer and require the student learning to execute aerial maneuvers such as turns, forward movement, flips, and fall rate control. The objective of the drills are to prove to the student and instructor that the student can execute a disorienting maneuver creating deliberate instability followed by regaining control. Every AFF skydive at Skydiving Near Stamford is progressive in nature, developing on skills previously mastered.
For each level of the AFF program, there are a set of benchmarks to be completed, referred to as the "Targeted Learning Objectives" (TLOs). The instructors have complete control over the verification that trainees have passed the criteria for each TLO along the steps of the process. Each AFF student is given a direct connection for communication with the landing crew to aid them during their free fall, however, all trainees are trained with skills to land on their own should radio malfunction occur.
Every Skydiving Near Stamford AFF student will be given the option, prior to completion of their training sessions, to join the U.S. Parachute Association. Embark upon your ultimate adventure! Call Skydiving Near Stamford at 215-258-2255 and register in skydiving school right now!