If you wish to learn how to skydive and experience freefall, the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) system from Skydiving Near Miami is the most effective way to begin! The AFF "First Jump Course" is designed to provide each student at Skydiving Near Miami with the required skills to safely complete their first solo skydive. The "Integrated Student Program" (ISP) is a special training course developed by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and is the most common training protocol used by Skydiving Near Miami partner skydiving schools. The USPA's ISP sets Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) for a succession of 7 instructional levels. Each level's TLOs must be completed by the beginner before they can advance to the subsequent level. For levels 1 through 7, a certified sky diving teacher (or multiple tutors) must accompany the learner on each jump. After Level 7, students are cleared to self supervise. Supplementary skydives are completed with the aid of a rated Skydiving Near Miami partner skydiving instructor. Once the student has finished twenty five skydives, and has their "A license" requirements signed off by an instructor or coach, they must perform an A License Check Dive with an instructor. Congratulations! The student has now acquired their A License! To jump legally, an USPA is not necessarily required but having obtained it enables the student to travel to other skydiving centers and instantly prove their ability to perform solo skydives.
First time students in the Skydiving Near Miami Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) training program are expected to make their first three jumps with two jump masters taking the skydive along with them. For these first 3 skydives, Skydiving Near Miami affiliate instructors hold on to the student until they deploy their own canopy. This approach is typically known as ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ There is no physical connection to the student besides the hand hold and once the student deploys their parachute, the instructors fly a safe distance away and deploy their own chutes.
At 5,500 feet of elevation above the ground, trainees deploy their own primary canopies, but there are a number of safeguards in place. If the trainee shows no sign that they are releasing their parachute, both AFF instructors will signal to the student to do so using hand gestures. If the trainee still has difficulty, trainers physically place the student's hand on the pilot chute, after which the trainer can manually deploy the parachute if required, a right they reserve at any point during the dive, using the main pull handle or a number of auxiliary handles on the student's equipment for the instructor's access.
Once a student is able and willing to launch their own canopy, they may demonstrate their awareness of fundamental freefall instruction and advance further to a single dive. Through a succession of release dives, during which the trainer may or may not help, the student is instructed 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.
With sky diving instruction at this level, the safety of our Skydiving Near Miami associate coaches is vital. For that reason, all instructors have a firm "hard deck" at which they must pull their own parachutes. If they have not been able to help their student by this altitude, the student rig is furnished with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) that will deploy the reserve parachute if the student passes the activation altitude at freefall velocities. AAD activations are extremely rare but they are a vital piece of equipment to safeguard from improbable mishaps.
In the course of these training jumps, instructors are able to coach the student on body position using hand signals. After each jump, the instructors then evaluate the jump with the student and conduct helpful training. Higher levels just require one trainer and require the student learning how to execute airborne maneuvers including turns, forward movement, flips, and fall rate control. The objective of the maneuvers are to prove to the student and instructor that the student can execute a disorienting procedure causing deliberate instability followed by recovering control. Every Accelerated FreeFall skydive at Skydiving Near Miami is progressive in nature, developing on skills previously mastered.
Students are required to successfully pass a set of targets during each level of their AFF education. These Targeted Learning Objectives act as benchmarks to determine a student's level of skill proficiency. Every AFF instructor has the given authority to verify each students personal completion of their required TLOs at each level advancement. During AFF jumps, the student is in continuous contact with personnel on the ground that assist in guiding their freefall, but the student must have the capabilities to land on their own in case of a radio malfunction.
Upon finishing the Accelerated FreeFall at a Skydiving Near Miami affiliate dropzone, you are encouraged to sign up with the United States Parachute Association. Start earning your A License! Call Skydiving Near Miami at 786-453-1387 today!