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If you would like to learn to skydive and experience freefall, the Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) course from Skydiving Near Monterey is the best way to begin! The AFF "First Jump Course" is intended to supply each learner at Skydiving Near Monterey with the needed skills to safely complete their first solo skydive. The "Integrated Student Program" (ISP) is an unique instructional program designed by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and is the most popular instruction protocol used by Skydiving Near Monterey partner skydiving schools. The Integrated Student Program is broken down into levels, each with Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) that must be completed before the student advances to the next level. Levels 1 through 7 are the training jumps where the student must be accompanied with an adequately rated skydiving instructor. After Level 7, students are cleared to self supervise. Supplementary jumps are completed with the aid of a rated Skydiving Near Monterey partner skydiving instructor. Once the student has finished 25 jumps, and has their "A license" requirements signed off by an instructor or coach, they must complete an A License Check Dive with an instructor. Congratulations! The student has now earned their A License! While a license is not required to skydive legally, the United States Parachute Association license will permit the skydiver to travel to other USPA member skydiving centers and use their license to prove they have the abilities needed to jump.

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For the first 3 training skydives by a new pupil, the Skydiving Near Monterey Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) system determines that two skydiving instructors go along with the student. The two skydiving trainers hold on to the student during freefall and release when the student deploys their own chute. This approach is typically known as ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ The Skydiving Near Monterey AFF coaches have no actual link to the student apart from their grip on the student, so once the student's chute is deployed, the teachers fly away and deploy their own parachutes.

At 5,500 feet of altitude above the ground, trainees release their own primary canopies, but there are a number of safeguards in place. Should the student hesitate on parachute launch, the instructors will use a series of hand signals to alert the student to pulling their rip cord. If the student still has trouble, trainers physically place the student's hand on the pilot chute, after which the trainer can manually deploy the parachute if needed, a right they reserve at any point during the dive, using the main pull handle or a number of auxiliary handles on the student's equipment for the instructor's access.

When the student gains the freedom to deploy their own parachute, they can prove to our instructors that they've comprehended the basic flying skills necessary to dive unassisted. Through a progression of release dives, during which the trainer may or may not assist, the student is taught to jump alone. As this is crucial to learn to dive and for safety, it is imperative that the student be fully versed in basic freefall maneuvering.

With sky diving instruction at this level, the safety of our Skydiving Near Monterey partner coaches is extremely important. As a result, all instructors have a firm "hard deck" at which they must deploy their own parachutes. All student rigs are outfitted with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) which will immediately deploy the parachute if they cross the preset altitude limit at freefall speeds. Although it is incredibly rare that a student will have an AAD activation, this final level of security safeguards the student as much as possible from the consequences of being out of control or not having the ability to deploy their own parachute.

The AFF program at Skydiving Near Monterey is advanced in nature, with each step building on skill-sets discovered in the last. Initially, instructors have the opportunity to use hand signs to address the student's body position during the fall, and subsequent instruction to improve form after the jump, guaranteeing a comprehensive building of proper body mechanics as the trainers freefall with the trainee. Later levels consist of only one instructor, and consist of the trainee being asked to complete a set of aerial maneuvers, involving turns, flips and fall rate control, illustrating that the student can restore control after a period of instability.

Targeted Learning Objectives are implemented in each AFF level and serve as a skillset indicator to evaluate the student's learning progression. The trainers have complete authority over the confirmation that trainees have completed the criteria for each TLO along the steps of the process. During AFF jumps, the student is in constant contact with crews on the ground that aid in guiding their freefall, but the student must have the skills to land on their own in the event of a radio failure.

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After completing the Accelerated FreeFall at a Skydiving Near Monterey partner dropzone, you are encouraged to join the United States Parachute Association. Begin earning your A License! Call Skydiving Near Monterey at 661-241-0909 immediately!