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If you want to learn how to skydive and experience freefall, the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) course from Skydiving Near Pittsburgh is the best method to begin! An Accelerated FreeFall training course from Skydiving Near Pittsburgh provides you with the skill-sets required to make your first solo skydive. The "Integrated Student Program" (ISP) is an unique training course created by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and is the most common training procedure used by Skydiving Near Pittsburgh partner skydiving schools. The Integrated Student Program is broken down into levels, each with Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) that must be satisfied before the novice proceeds to the next level. For levels 1 through 7, a qualified skydiving coach (or several trainers) must go along with the student on each jump. After Level 7, students are allowed to self supervise. Supplementary skydives are performed with the guidance of a rated Skydiving Near Pittsburgh partner skydive instructor. Now the student is nearly done! After performing a total of 25 jumps and getting their "A License" criteria ratified by a licensed trainer, the student is then permitted to undertake their A License Check Dive. Now the student is entitled to their A License and is no longer a student. To jump legally, a United States Parachute Association is not always required but having obtained it allows the student to travel to other dropzones and instantly prove their capability to carry out solo skydives.

About Our Accelerated FreeFall Program

For the initial few dives each AFF student will be held on to by their trainers. Once the freefall portion of their dive has ended and they are able to launch their parachute, the trainers will begin their separation. "Harness Hold Training" is a method used during these few dives to ensure the student's security while in free fall. After the student's have released their parachutes and begin to coast, the instructors will also deploy and land separately.

Once achieving an altitude of roughly 5,500 feet the trainees are able to deploy their own parachute. Safety is key in these initial jumps and there are many regulations exercised to ensure this. Should the student hesitate on parachute launch, the instructors will use a sequence of hand signs to alert the student to pulling their rip cord. If the trainee appears unresponsive to the instructor's cue, the trainer will place the trainees hand on their pull handle to release their parachute; this also allows the trainer should timing be imminent, to pull the student's chute' themselves.

As soon as the student has proven they can pull their own parachute on their first handful of jumps, they will be authorized to make higher level skydives and will get the opportunity to prove to our coaches that they have the essential flying skills needed to skydive without guidance. With the more advanced jumps, the coach may not be able to get hold of the student and assist so demonstrating the ability to pull one's own parachute is important. The student is required to have a solid grasp of these techniques.

The safety and security of Accelerated Freefall students is undisputed. The instructor has a "hard deck" where they must pull their parachute and save their own life. This is a minimum elevation that all divers are made aware of to avoid instructor injury. Each parachute is armed with a reserve chute in case a student arrives at altitude and their pilot chute has not been released. The AAD (Automatic Activation Device) responds instantly, launching the reserve to give the student ample landing time. Although the AAD feature is scarcely used, each student's welfare is of utmost importance and it serves as a necessary preventative measure.

While the instructors freefall with the trainee, they are able to correct the student's body position and other problems by interacting with the student using hand signals in freefall and coaching the student and carrying out corrective instruction after the jump. As the student advances to more advanced levels, he or she masters airborne maneuvers including freefall speed control, flying forward, executing turns and even flips! These maneuvers are essential as they show the instructor that the student has the ability to regain control even after encountering lack of stability and disorientation. As the student continues to understand and exhibit more advanced abilities, they will continue to climb to higher levels.

Targeted Learning Objectives are implemented in each AFF level and serve as a skillset indicator to evaluate the student's learning development. Every AFF trainer has the granted authority to validate each students individual fulfillment of their required TLOs at each level progression. During AFF jumps, the student is in continuous contact with crews on the ground that aid in guiding their freefall, but the student must have the skills to land on their own in the event of a radio failure.

After completing the Accelerated FreeFall at a Skydiving Near Pittsburgh partner skydiving center, you are urged to join the USPA. Embark upon your ultimate journey! Call Skydiving Near Pittsburgh at 215-258-2255 and register in skydiving school right now!