The Accelerated Freefall (AFF) training method is the most advanced method of training aspiring skydivers. Accelerated Freefall training at Blue Ridge Skydiving Adventures is conducted in accordance with the comprehensive United States Parachute Association Integrated Student Program, leading to the skydiver earning USPA's "A" license after a minimum of 25 skydives. The AFF first jump course is an intensive, five-hour ground training course in which the student is trained in all aspects of a safe skydive.
Accelerated Freefall jumps are made in the company of highly trained, USPA-rated Accelerated Freefall Instructors ("AFFIs"), who instruct and assist the new solo student from gear-up to exit and during freefall through main canopy deployment. Students are coached on canopy flight via radio until landing. It is not required at Blue Ridge SKydiving Adventures that you first make a Tandem skydive prior to beginning Accelerated Freefall training, however, we recommend that you try Tandem skydiving to acclimatize yourself to the new and highly exciting world of freefall.
A Tandem skydive is a good way to try skydiving that requires only a few minutes of training, yet provides the student with the opportunity to experience the thrill of skydiving and decide if skydiving is right for them. Whether you choose to make a Tandem skydive or start with Accelerated Freefall training, your experience at Blue Ridge Skydiving Adventures will be professionally managed and provide you with a thrilling and life-changing experience. For more information about training to be a skydiver and the Integrated Student Program employed at Blue Ridge Skydiving Adventures, you can access the Skydiver's Information Manual at www.uspa.org/SIM.
In addition to Tandem and Accelerated Freefall, Blue Ridge Skydiving Adventures offers training by the Instructor Assisted Deployment method. This allows our students to jump when there is low cloud cover that prevents us from getting the airplane to the requirmed minimum exit altitude of 9,000 feet for AFF or on very cold winter days where it would be uncomfortable to go to full altitude due to the freezing temperatures.