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What to expect at Los Angeles Skydiving School
The Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Los Angeles parachute training course is an instructional program designed for relatively or completely inexperienced jumpers, but who are also committed to learning how to skydive in the shortest amount of time. The term “accelerated” refers to the pace at which the class is completed as opposed to its counterparts, like Tandem Progression and RAPS, which are both significantly slower to completion.
Head over to our history page to learn more about the creation of these processes and the timeline involved. This particular Los Angeles parachute training program that you will undergo, which is constructed on the foundation of the USPA’s safety-oriented Integrated Student Program (ISP), is enjoyable, yet thorough to ensure each participant can execute the perfect skydive. Each student will be trained both individually and as a group (a small one albeit) to make sure they can learn the material and perfect the procedures. The AFF course is no walk in the park, but virtually anyone can pass it with the right training. The course itself, while extensive, is much smoother when it is completed within a few days to a few weeks than if the student takes long sabbaticals in-between jumps/levels. Long breaks can negatively influence a student’s performance and, ergo, their progression through the course. This, in turn, leads to more training and a more substantial cost. This is a general rule of thumb, although some students have the aptitude and patience to complete the AFF course with success over months.
The Los Angeles parachute training AFF program will not only teach you the basics of how to skydive but will offer you the tools and skills necessary to be a competent skydiver for the rest of your skydiving career. The AFF course consists of seven levels of achievement, with each level combining the skills of the previous level(s) and more. Each jump will be more advanced than the last, while the actual training decreases in severity as you obtain the ability to build up your skydiving repertoire. The first seven levels of the AFF course will count as jumps toward the goal of obtaining your first skydiving license. This skydiving license, coined the A-License, is only awarded to students after completing 25 jumps with success and approval of an AFF instructor.
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How to successfully obtain a skydive license
Los Angeles parachute training AFF instruction will commence with you arriving at the school in the morning and is quickly followed by 3-6 hours of intense ground training. This ground training will prepare you in skydive theory and a brief history of skydiving, how to skydive and procedures such as exiting the plane, body position, hand signals, altitude awareness, location awareness, releasing the parachute, flying the canopy, landing and more. At the end of the training on the first day, you will be required to pass a written test. This test is just a precaution to ensure you have the material presented to you down backward and forward. Assuming you pass the test, you will then make your first jump using a technique called harness-hold training. Essentially what this means is your two instructors will hold onto you with their hands only until you release the parachute.
This first jump is treated as an introduction and acclimation to the feeling and experience of jumping out of a plane. During freefall, the instructors will use hand signals you learned during training to communicate, hone your body position, remind you to be altitude aware, etc. After roughly sixty seconds of freefall or at 5,000-6,000 feet, you will deploy your parachute and pilot the canopy down to the drop zone for a safe landing under radio guidance from your instructor. Following your first jump, your instructors will give you pointers to hone training in on your weaknesses and boost your confidence with what you did right. Corrective training will be used going forward at the parachute school to improve on subjects already learned, and those needed to advance or complete the program.
Level 1-7 Freefall Objectives
Acclimation to freefall, proper body position, altitude awareness, heading awareness, chute deployment
Stable freefall after instructor release, hover control, solo deployment
Solo Exit, Controlled freefall turns (90°, 180°, and 360°)
Recovery from instability (Barrel roll, front flip, backflip)
Tracking, emergency exit rehearsals
Tracking, docking with another jumper, controlling descent rate
Diving exit, swoop and dock with another jumper, front riser control
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If after reading the information above you still have questions or concerns about Los Angeles parachute training and what it entails, head on over to our FAQ page for answers to virtually all your questions. Or go ahead and contact us via phone or through our easy to use contact form. Here at LA Skydiving, we live for making arrangements for clients to experience the excitement of the wind quickly rushing past as they fall at terminal velocity and the relaxation of coasting through air currents under the canopy while staring at a tranquil horizon.
We live on the edge, though not in danger – amidst the elements, but not at their mercy. We are skydivers.