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From your initial AFF (Accelerated FreeFall) skydive, you will experience first-hand the unbelievable feeling of human flight. The AFF "First Jump Course" is designed to provide each beginner at Skydiving Near Nashville with the essential skills to safely finish their first solo jump. The "Integrated Student Program" (ISP) is an unique instructional program created by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and is the most common instruction protocol used by Skydiving Near Nashville affiliate skydiving schools. In order to advance from level to level in the ISP, students must accomplish certain Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) for their current level. Levels 1 through 7 are the training skydives where the student must be accompanied with an adequately rated skydive coach. Once Level 7 has been completed by the student, they are then allowed to oversee themselves although most skydive centers will demand a jump master to accompany them on subsequent skydives. Now the student is almost done! After performing a total of 25 jumps and having their "A License" requirements ratified by an accredited trainer, the student is then permitted to undertake their A License Check Dive. Finally the student is entitled to their A License and is no longer a student. To jump lawfully, a United States Parachute Association is not necessarily required but having earned it permits the student to travel to other dropzones and quickly prove their capability to conduct solo skydives.

The Skydiving Near Nashville Accelerated FreeFall Program

For the first three jumps by a new learner, the Skydiving Near Nashville Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) system determines that 2 skydiving instructors accompany the student. The trainers freefall with the beginner and hang on until the student deploys their parachute at the appropriate height. Hence, this method is called ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ There is no other physical connection to the student besides the hand hold and once the student deploys their chute, the coaches fly a safe distance away and deploy their own chutes.

Due to the insurmountable amounts of safety measures, each student is allowed to release their own parachute once meeting the appropriate altitude (typically 5,500 feet). If the student displays no sign that they are launching their parachute, both AFF trainers will signal to the student to do so using hand motions. If the student appears unresponsive to the instructor's cue, the instructor will place the students hand on their pull handle to launch their parachute; this also allows the instructor should timing be imminent, to yank the student's chute' themselves.

The student can advance to higher level jumps once they have proven that they can pull their own parachute and land safely and securely. On release skydives there is a chance that an instructor might not have the ability to dock and assist at pull time, so it is essential that the student has already learned the skills required to pull on their own.

With sky diving instruction at this level, the safety of our Skydiving Near Nashville associate instructors is extremely important. Therefore, all coaches have a firm minimum altitude at which they must deploy their own parachutes. If they have not been able to assist their student by this altitude, the student rig is outfitted with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) that will release the reserve parachute if the student passes the activation altitude at freefall velocities. AAD activations are incredibly rare but they are a vital piece of equipment to safeguard against improbable accidents.

While the trainers freefall with the student, they are able to improve the student's body position and other concerns by communicating with the student using hand signals in freefall and coaching the student and administering corrective instruction after the skydive. Higher levels just call for a single instructor and require the student learning how to perform airborne 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 procedure inducing intentional instability followed by regaining control. As the trainee continues to learn and exhibit more advanced abilities, they will continue to ascend to higher levels.

Targeted Learning Objectives are executed in each AFF level and serve as a skillset indicator to evaluate the student's learning progression. The instructors have complete authority over the confirmation that students have completed the requirements for each TLO along the steps of the process. During AFF jumps, the student is in constant contact with crews on the ground that aid in directing their freefall, but the student must have the capabilities to land on their own in case of a radio malfunction.

After finishing the Accelerated FreeFall at a Skydiving Near Nashville partner dropzone, you are encouraged to join the USPA. Start earning your A License! Call Skydiving Near Nashville at 931-455-4574 now!