The Solo Free-fall program (also called Accelerated Free-fall or AFF) was instituted in 1982 as an "accelerated" way to learn skydiving. This program will give you a true taste of modern sport skydiving and will start you on your way to earning your first skydiving license, the USPA A-license.
The ground training is more extensive than for a Tandem jump (approx. 5-6 hours) since you will be doing a 50+ second freefall on your very first jump. You exit the aircraft at 11,000 feet along with an AFF Instructor who will assist you during freefall. The instructor maintains grips on you from the moment you leave the aircraft until the parachute opens, assisting you as necessary to fall stable, perform practice handle pulls, monitor altitude, etc. You will then pull your own parachute at about 5,000 ft.
About the Program
The Solo Freefall program is a 7-level program. The first few dives concentrate on teaching basic safety skills such as altitude awareness, body position, stability during freefall and during the pull sequence, and most importantly, successful deployment of your parachute!
Levels 4, 5, 6, & 7 teach you air skills such as turns, loops and barrel rolls, "superman" exits from the plane, etc.
Each of these levels is designed to take one jump, and requires about 45 minutes of training. After successfully performing the objectives of each level, you will move on to the next level.
After graduating Level 7, you are cleared to jump without an instructor, to practice and hone your skills by yourself or with a coach until you qualify for a license.
Jumpers must be:
- 18 years or older
- under 250 pounds
- Height / weight proportionate
When you come out to Texas Skydiving, we want you to be as comfortable as possible for a safe and fun jump. Wear comfortable, athletic clothing, including tennis shoes. A good rule of thumb is to dress as though you were playing a game of frisbee at the park. Don't worry about bringing anything special - all skydiving gear will be provided here!