For the safety of all of student jumpers, at least one tandem jump is REQUIRED before progressing to AFF or IAD programs.
With a Tandem Skydive, you are attached to a USPA rated Tandem Instructor. This is the most common method of making a first skydive. It requires only about 15 minutes of instruction. You’re only responsibility in this skydive is to arch your body and have a good time. The cost of a tandem skydive is only $225.
In an Accelerated Freefall (AFF) skydive, you exit the plane with two AFF rated instructors who insure your stability and that you deploy your main parachute at the proper altitude. You then fly your own parachute safely to the ground with radio assistance from another instructor. An AFF first jump requires about 4 hours of ground school to learn skydiving safety procedures and how to properly fly the parachute. The cost of an AFF first jump is $325.
During an Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD) jump, you exit the plane from 5,000 feet above the ground and an IAD rated instructor immediately deploys your parachute for you. You then fly your own parachute safely to the ground with radio assistance from another instructor. An IAD first jump also requires about 4 hours of ground school to learn skydiving safety procedures and how to properly fly the parachute. This method of instruction replaces the old static line method. It allows you to use the very same equipment as a student that you will be using as an experienced skydiver. This eliminates the confusion when transitioning from a static line to the throw-out pilot chute that experienced skydivers use. The cost of an IAD first jump is $190.
Every skydive counts toward getting your license and you may easily transition between programs throughout your training.
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