Accelerated Free Fall Courses and Programs
What is Accelerated FreeFall?
Accelerated FreeFall Programs; (also known as Progressive Freefall in Canada) are available all over the world. The end goal of the program is to get you to the level of a licensed solo skydiver as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Most Accelerated FreeFall Programs are very advanced training programs with the specific aim of developing freefall skills from around 10,000 to 15,000 feet high or Above Ground Level (AGL); as it is known in the trade. The learning process is much more intense and rapid than more traditional methods of becoming a solo sky diver; such as static line training. In a static line jump the parachute is automatically deployed as soon as you jump out of the aeroplane.
You Can Get A Accelerated FreeFall Certificat
The Accelerated Freefall program (weather conditions permitting) can be completed in as short a time as 4 days or the jumps can be spread out over a number of months, and at the end of it a solo skydiver certificate can be yours.
Most people will begin an accelerated free fall program after having completed a tandem jump with an instructor. The tandem jump is a mandatory starting point for some programs.
What They Involve
The Accelerated Freefall training involves an 8 level skydiving training course. It differs from other programs in that it involves solo free falling from the outset with two fully trained instructors who jump with you and instruct and assist you. At each level of training there are specific goals and targets to reach.
The actual parachute jumps are captured on high quality videoand a full debriefing is held afterwards to show any improvements that are needed and to analyse what went wrong and what went right.
Although Accelerated Freefall Programs differ slightly according to what country and training school you have chosen, the general levels and procedures are much the same.
Level 1 (Approximately 1 – 2 days)
On arrival you will spend at least one day on the ground, or ground training covering the basics of everything you need to know for a safe, independent parachute jump. This includes learning about body position, parachute control, all the equipment and safety checks and parachute deployment and steering.
You will also learn hand signals and how to read and check an altimeter that will tell you exactly how many 1,000 of feet you are above ground level. The ground training will involve videos and sometimes simulators.
On the first jump you will be accompanied by one, or sometimes, two qualified skydiving instructors. However, they will exit the plane with you, hold onto you and ensure that you deploy your parachute. Furthermore you will have radio contact with an instructor who helps to talk you down.
After the first jump, you will review the video of yourself with the two instructors. If the instructors are happy with your overall progress you will progress to Level 2.
Level 2 (30 minutes and a jump)
Moreover, the second jump tends to be a review of the initial training; and the chance to practice again everything you have learnt so far. You will exit the aeroplane with two instructors, who hold you in the air and ensure that you deploy the parachute safely.
Again, there is a video and feedback will be given on all aspects of your performance.
Level 3 (30 minutes and a jump)
At Level 3 the general procedure is the same as Levels 1 and 2. But usually on this jump the instructors will release you in the air. If you started with a tandem jump; and have done Levels 1 and 2 this jump is often the first time that you are free falling through the air totally solo.
Video footage is shown and evaluated.
Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7
These levels all involve one skydive usually accompanied by only one instructor. However, the aim now is to practice some basic and more advanced body manoeuvres whilst performing the jumps. The main types of moves to be mastered are 90 and 360 degree turns in both directions, a front loop and tracking, or forward flight.
Furthermore, he 7th sky dive consolidates all the moves and body positions that you have learnt so far. You will now have learnt spotting; solo exit from the aircraft; recovery from different body positions and tracking. Nonetheless, you will be independently checking the altimeter and deploying the parachute, steering in for a safe landing.
However, this is the final jump in the Accelerated Freefall Course and you will be entirely on your own. Some courses will recommend a jump from a lower altitude of around 5,000 feet; so that you exit the aircraft and almost immediately deploy the chute.
At the end of the course, when (and if) you have pass all levels to a satisfactory standard you are well on your way to getting your skydiving license.
In the UK to achieve your British Parachute Association (BPA) license you will need to make at least another 10 consolidation jumps after the course. However, you will also need to be endorsed by a qualified instructor and by a BPA advanced instructor and have full membership to the BPA. A parachute handling course with exam is also mandatory.
Moreover, in Canada the Progressive Freefall Program also includes 10 jumps. These are required by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) to obtain your solo certificate. However, your solo license; which you will obtain at the end of the course allows you to skydive solo anywhere in Canada. Then you will be working towards your A,B,C and D license.
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