From your first AFF (Accelerated FreeFall) skydive, new students will experience first-hand the indescribable sensation of human flight. If you want to make your 1st solo jump as swiftly as possible, the Accelerated FreeFall program from Skydiving Fresno quickly gives you the skill levels required. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) recommended course for new skydiving students is called the "Integrated Student Program" (ISP). The United States Parachute Association's ISP sets Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) for a succession of 7 training levels. Each level's TLOs must be accomplished by the student before they can move on to the following level. Levels 1 through 7 are the training jumps where the beginner must be accompanied with an accordingly rated skydiving coach. As soon as Level 7 has been completed by the student, they are then permitted to monitor themselves although most dropzones will require a jump master to accompany them on subsequent jumps. Once the student has finished twenty five skydives, and has their "A license" requirements signed off by an instructor or coach, they must complete an A License Check Dive with an instructor. Finally the student is entitled to their A License and is no longer a student. While a license is not required to skydive lawfully, the United States Parachute Association license will permit the skydiver to journey to other USPA member skydiving centers and use their license to prove they have the skill-sets needed to jump.
Each student is more than secure in their first jumps, as they are guided by two certified trainers during freefall. Once a student is at the correct elevation he/she is able to yank their own jump cord to launch their parachute. These initial category skydives are called "Harness Hold Training," due to the Skydive Georgia AFF trainers' no physical attachment to the trainee aside from the their own grip. Once the student's parachute is deployed, the trainers fly away and release their own canopies to coast individually.
At 5,500 feet of altitude above the ground, trainees release their own main canopies, but there are a number of safeguards in place. Should the trainee hesitate on parachute release, the trainers will use a series of hand signals to alert the student to pulling their rip cord. If the student still has trouble, trainers physically place the student's hand on the pilot chute, after which the trainer can personally deploy the parachute if needed, a right they reserve at any point during the dive, using the main pull handle or a number of supporting handles on the student's equipment for the instructor's access.
Once the student has proven they can release their own parachute on their first few skydives, they will be allowed to make higher level skydives and will have the chance to demonstrate to our coaches that they have the essential flying abilities needed to jump without assistance. With the more advanced skydives, the instructor may not be able to take hold of the student and assist so demonstrating the capability to pull one's own parachute is essential. The student is required to have a solid understanding of these techniques.
With sky diving instruction at this level, the safety of our Skydiving Fresno associate coaches is vital. For that reason, all coaches have a firm minimum altitude at which they have to deploy their own parachutes. All student rigs are outfitted with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) which will instantly deploy the parachute if they cross the predetermined altitude limitation at freefall velocity. While it is very rare that a student will have an AAD activation, this final level of protection protects the student as much as possible from the repercussions of being out of control or not having the ability to pull their own canopy.
During these training jumps, instructors have the chance to coach the student on body position using hand gestures. After each jump, the coaches then evaluate the jump with the student and administer helpful training. When the trainee advances to more advanced levels, he or she masters aerial maneuvers including freefall speed control, flying forward, executing turns as well as flips! The objective of the drills are to confirm to the student and instructor that the student can perform a disorienting maneuver inducing deliberate instability followed by regaining control. Every Accelerated FreeFall skydive at Skydiving Fresno is progressive in nature, building on skills previously mastered.
Every level has "Targeted Learning Objectives" (TLOs) to help instructors identify when the student has passed all requirements. Aerial instructors are not the only coaches assisting students at Skydiving Fresno. There are also dropzone personnel who stay in radio contact with the trainee while they are flying their canopy. In case of radio failure, however, it is vital that the student knows the essential skills of flying under canopy.
A USPA application is given to each AFF student, and they're encouraged to sign up before fulfillment of the AFF training course. Start earning your A License! Call Skydiving Fresno at 559-668-0028 right now!