What is an Accelerated Free Fall course?
Accelerated Freefall (also known as AFF) was developed in the USA to allow anyone to experience, learn and enjoy one-on-one training during freefall. It is now recognised worldwide as the best way to learn to skydive and here at Skydive Crazy our AFF skydiving school offers a high standard of instruction, teaching you to become a skydiver in less than a week with no previous experience needed.
- The Accelerated Freefall course consists of eight levels (one jump per level).
- Jump solo on your very first skydive.
- Open, fly and land your own parachute.
- Be cleared for unsupervised freefall in as few as 7 jumps.
- Work towards obtaining your skydiving licence.
All jumps are made from at least 15,000ft. AFF usually turns out to be much cheaper in the long run and much more fun than the outdated static line method which so many cannot get to grips with.
We run courses throughout the year, usually on Mondays and Fridays. For a full list of available course dates, please click through to our booking page and flip through the calendar.Book now Course FAQ Prices
Starting your AFF course with Skydive Crazy
First things first, the vast majority of our courses are run abroad, in the Algarve (Portugal). In our experience it is great to Skydive in the UK but frequently the weather is not consistently good enough to allow for jumping almost every day, which is required to allow for the rapid progression which the AFF course is designed for. Also, we can usually access much bigger and more interesting aircraft on our trips overseas than we have in UK.
At the same time, you will also have a terrific holiday and meet many new friends, with cheap flights and good times we are delighted to find that more of our students return again and again to enjoy second or subsequent trips and progress to the next stage in skydiving. We’re very happy to recommend reasonable accommodation and flights prior to your trip out to us, but please bear in mind these are down to you to arrange. We cannot book flights for you.
Starting at 9am, one day of ground-training teaches you everything you need to know to complete your first solo skydive from 15,000ft (4600m). During the day you will learn:
- To check and fit your own equipment
- To exit the aircraft
- Safety procedures
- To open your parachute
- To deal with emergency situations
- To recognise the dropzone
- To land your parachute
What is not included?
- Any repeat levels.
- Personal accident insurance.
- Flights – students must book their own.
- Accommodation and car hire – we can arrange this on request at discounted skydiver prices.
Included in your AFF course fee you will receive:
- All instruction for the course
- Kit hire for all the equipment required, including jumpsuit, altimeters, helmets, goggles and of course
- Digital video diary of your course.
- Log book.
The 8 levels are as follows, providing each level is completed successfully and safely:
Level 1- level 3: Two instructors with you during the freefall
Level 4- level 7: One instructor
Level 8: Checked out by an instructor for a low altitude (5000 feet) hop and pop jump.
Upon successfully completing all 8 levels you will need to complete 10 solo jumps to attain your solo skydiving licence.Book a place on an AFF course now
Understanding the AFF levels
A Skydive with 2 Instructors where you get you first exposure to freefall, putting in to practice your level 1 sequence learned on the Groundschool.
Skydive again with your two instructors but they will be able to give you a bit more freedom and both should be able to release you on the Level 3 jump. You’ll really be doing it on your own. You will need to show us that you can monitor your altitude, hold a good body position, control your orientation in the sky and deploy your own parachute before moving onto the next levels.
Now that you’ve shown us you’ve learnt the basics you only need one instructor with you. On these jumps you’ll practice controlling your ‘heading’ or direction, starting and stopping turns, progressing onto 360 degree turns on Level 5.
For the first time, you will be jumping out of the plane without an instructor holding onto you. Level 6 gives you the chance to demonstrate you can regain stability by performing a back loop with recovery and then practice tracking, an important skill that allows you to move forwards which is essential once you start jumping with other people.
If all goes to plan your instructor won’t need do hold onto you at all on this jump, but they will be right there just in case you need a hand.
Now you’ve learnt all these new skills you’ll be asked to show us them in a sequence. Once your are proficient in these areas and your instructors are satisfied with your performance, you can be cleared to jump without an instructor with you in free fall.
A solo skydive from 5000ft with just a short delay before opening your parachute completes your training. This skydive is to simulate an unplanned low altitude exit.