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Learn to Skydive
Have you ever wanted to skydive solo?
Now is the perfect time to start!
Once you have at least one tandem in your logbook, you are qualified to learn how to skydive. World Skydiving Center offers AFF (Accelerated FreeFall) training courses throughout the year and the opportunity to learn from multiple instructors. The first step in being able to skydive solo is to go through the AFF program. This student training includes an approximately six-hour ground training class and a minimum of seven jumps with a certified USPA (United States Parachute Association) trained instructor.
Level 1: Includes ground school and your first jump. In ground school, you will learn freefall body position (BP), how to fly and land a parachute, how to use an altimeter, and emergency and safety measures. Weather permitting, your first jump will be made on the same day. During your first jump, one or two instructors will be holding onto you while you exit the plane. To satisfy this level, you will need to have correct BP, altitude awareness, and solo deployment of your parachute.
After you successfully complete level 1, you will need to join the USPA, which is the organization that issues licenses. Cost: $330
Level 2: This level includes all the same requirements as Level 1, but now you must complete 90-degree turns and forward movement.
Level 3: During this jump, your instructor will let go for your first “solo freefall.” After a stable exit, your instructor will rejoin you and you will perform practice touches and altitude checks.
Level 4: This level requires the same requirements as Level 3 with an added requirement of 90-degree turns.
Level 5: During this level, you must successfully complete 360-degree turns.
Level 6: Your instructor will no longer hold on to you during any part of the jump. You must successfully complete barrel rolls.
Level 7: This level is considered your graduation jump. You must successfully complete flips, tracking (forward movement), and a solo landing.
Total Cost: $1,650 (This does not include potential repeats of levels.)
You must successfully pass each level to move on to the next one. Sometimes a certain level might require a few times to get right. But after you complete all seven jumps, you will have graduated from AFF and will be able to work toward your A license.
Each jump includes ground preparation with an instructor, the jump, equipment, and a video debrief after each jump with your instructor.
AFF (Accelerated FreeFall)
AFF is a self-paced program, but the more often you jump, the faster you will progress. Training is also time sensitive. You cannot go more than 30 days in between jumps. If you do, you will have to take a refresher course. Do keep in mind that skydiving is weather dependent.
A great tool to use to sharpen your skills is in a Wind Tunnel. Fifteen minutes in the tunnel will allow you to focus solely on flying and enhancing those skills without the added pressure of a normal skydive. Plus, you get a lot more “freefall” time. The tunnel is an excellent option to advance your flying skills before or during your AFF Course.
A License vs. AFF
Upon successful completion of the AFF program, you are cleared to jump solo or with a coach or instructor. To become a licensed skydiver, you must complete 25 skydives and demonstrate specific skydiving skills. Your initial tandem and your seven AFF jumps count toward your total.
To complete your A license, you will be required to make two coach jumps at $125 each, which includes the jump, gear rental and packing of the parachute. You must also complete a low altitude, 3,500-ft jump. There are several other requirements that are located on the A License Proficiency card provided by the USPA.
- At least 18 years old, but under 50 years old
- Under 210 pounds
- Valid ID
- Completed 1 Tandem Jump or Military Jump
- Athletic, in good health
Learn to Skydive in Order
- Verify prereqs. (18yo, 210lbs, younger than 50, good physical shape, completed 1 tandem skydive or military jump)
- Ground School (6 hrs long. Learn about gear, equipment, freefall body position, deploying the parachute, flying and landing the parachute, and emergency procedures)
- AFF Level 1 – Basics, exit count and exit, freefall body position, altitude awareness, deploying the parachute yourself, landing patterns, and landing
- Join USPA
- AFF Level 2 – exit count and exit, freefall body position, altitude awareness, 90-degree turns, forward movement, deploying the parachute, landing patterns, and landing
- AFF Level 3 – exit count and exit, freefall body position, altitude awareness, release/solo freefall, deploying the parachute, landing pattern, and landing
- AFF Level 4 – exit count and exit, freefall body position, altitude awareness, release solo 90-degree turns, deploy the parachute, landing pattern, and landing
- AFF Level 5 – exit count and exit, freefall body position, altitude awareness, release solo 360-degree turns, deploy the parachute landing pattern and landing
- AFF Level 6 – solo exit count and exit, freefall body position, altitude awareness, solo barrel rolls, and forward movement.
- AFF Level 7 – Solo exit, front flip exit, gain stability, backflip, tracking, altitude awareness, solo deployment. Solo landing pattern
- Congrats you completed AFF – Now you can jump solo or with coaches and instructors.
- Make first Solo Skydive
- USPA A license Proficiency card
- At this point, you can jump solo or with a USPA Coach or Instructor while you work on getting everything on the A license card checked off.
- Complete 25 jumps
- Send in your completed A License Card and receive your license!
Find answers to your questions
WHAT PREREQUISITES ARE REQUIRED?
You must be at least 18 years old, but younger than 50 years old, and provide a valid, government-issued photo identification prior to your jump. You must also weigh less than 210 lbs and be reasonably physically fit. You must also have completed one tandem skydive or a previous military jump.
WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP IN GETTING MY LICENSE?
The first step in the license program is called “AFF” or Accelerated FreeFall Program. This student training includes a 6-hour training class on the ground and a minimum of 7 jumps with certified USPA trained instructors.
WHEN DO CLASSES TAKE PLACE?
We typically offer classes every Friday and Saturday. We do not take walk-ins. You must call our office to schedule your class so we can verify your prerequisites.
DO YOU OFFER COURSES IN THE WINTER?
Florida, baby. We jump all year. If the weather is cold, you should dress appropriately and bring gloves! Layers are best.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO THE CLASSROOM TRAINING AND MY FIRST JUMP IN THE SAME DAY?
Unless there’s a weather issue, students will have their first jump the same day as the classroom training.
WHAT ALTITUDE WILL I JUMP FROM?
AFF skydiving students jump from 13,500 feet.
IS ALL OF THE GEAR PROVIDED FOR THE AFF COURSE?
Yep! We’ve got you covered.
IF I HAVE MY OWN GEAR, CAN I USE IT FOR THE AFF COURSE?
Nope! Use of our gear is required when enrolled in World Skydiving Center’s AFF course.
HOW MANY JUMPS IS IT?
AFF is a 7-jump program. All jumps are pass/fail. You must pass each level prior to moving on to the next one.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE FULL AFF COURSE?
It depends on several factors, including weather and finances. If neither is an obstacle, you can complete AFF in one weekend! Your AFF jumps must be no more than 30 days apart in order to seamlessly make your way through the program. If you miss your window, you will need to purchase a brief refresher course and repeat the previous level before moving on to the next one.
WHAT ABOUT VIDEO?
All AFF jumps are video recorded by your instructor and are included in the price of the jumps. After each jump, you will watch your jump with your instructor who will provide a debriefing
AM I CERTIFIED? DOES THAT GIVE ME MY LICENSE?
Not quite. But you’re on your way. Once you finish the initial 7 AFF training jumps, you are cleared to jump SOLO and with Coaches. After finishing AFF, you will be handed a USPA A License Proficiency Card. After completing the card requirements and 25 skydives, you will be awarded your USPA A License.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AFF AND AN A LICENSE?
AFF is your introduction to the world of skydiving solo, which teaches you the fundamentals of becoming a licensed skydiver. AFF includes six hours of ground school followed by 7 supervised jumps.
To jump without supervision at any dropzone, you have to earn your USPA-sanctioned A license. To get your A, you have to complete 25 skydives (your initial tandem and your seven AFF jumps count toward your total), earn your A-license proficiency card, and know how to pack your own parachute.
IF I PURCHASE AN AFF PACKAGE AND HAVE TO RETAKE A LEVEL, IS THAT INCLUDED IN THE COST?
If you fail an AFF level, you are responsible for paying to complete that specific level again. Retaking levels are not included in the AFF package price. You can see more on our prices page.
CAN I GET A REFUND?
Once you have paid, there are no refunds.
CAN MY FRIENDS COME AND WATCH?
Absolutely. We have a designated spectator area that will give them a front-row seat to every jump!
CAN WE BRING OUR DOGS?
No pets. No exceptions.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Call us at 904-250-5903 to schedule your class.
Remember: Once you complete the student program, your jumps must be no more than 30 days apart or you will need to purchase a brief refresher course and repeat the previous level before moving on to the next one.
Adventure Starts Here
What are you waiting for? Let’s start checking boxes off of that bucket List. Our Jacksonville location offers AFF (Accelerated Freefall) training courses throughout the year and the opportunity to learn from multiple instructors.
Come Experience the Thrill of a Lifetime.
World Skydiving Center
9300 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221
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World Skydiving Center
3990 Centurion Way Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
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World Skydiving Center is a member of the United States Parachute Association.