For the safety of all of student jumpers, at least one tandem jump is REQUIRED before progressing to AFF or IAD programs.
The Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD) is similar to a Static Line jump, only an instructor deploys the parachute instead of a static line. This method provides a much softer and much more controlled opening than the older static-line method of training.
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 proper safety procedures and how to 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, which includes the cost of ground school. The next few jumps are only $90 each, making the IAD Program the most cost effective way to get a skydiving license.