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From your initial AFF (Accelerated FreeFall) skydive, you will experience first-hand the unbelievable sensation of human flight. The Accelerated FreeFall "First Jump Course" is designed to supply each student at Skydiving Nashville with the necessary skills to safely perform their first solo jump. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) endorsed training program for new skydiving students is called the "Integrated Student Program" (ISP). The ISP is divided into levels, each with Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) that must be met before the novice progresses to the next level. Levels 1 through 7 are the instructional jumps where the beginner must be accompanied with an adequately rated skydiving instructor. Once Level 7 has been completed by the student, they are then allowed to supervise themselves although most skydive centers will require a jump master to accompany them on subsequent jumps. Once the student has completed twenty five skydives, and has their "A license" criteria signed off by an instructor or coach, they must perform an A License Check Dive with an instructor. Finally the student is eligible for their A License and is no longer a student. While a license is not required to jump legally, the USPA license will permit the skydiver to journey to other United States Parachute Association member dropzones and use their license to prove they have the proficiencies needed to jump.

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First time pupils in our Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) program are expected to make their first three jumps with a couple of skydiving instructors taking the skydive along with them. For these first three levels, Skydiving Nashville associate coaches hang on to the student until they deploy their own canopy. Hence, this technique is called ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ The Skydiving Nashville AFF coaches have no physical connection to the student other than their grasp on the student, so once the student's parachute is deployed, the teachers fly away and deploy their own canopies.

Release of the main canopy for students in the Accelerated FreeFall training program is generally 5,500 feet above ground level. In the event that the student does not release their canopy at the proper AGL, the coaches will attempt to use hand signals to advise the student to release the chute. Normally, the hand signals are sufficient to remind the student skydiver to deploy their canopy, but if they still do not react, the instructor will attempt to place the student's hand on the pilot chute pull. If the student still does not respond, the instructor will deploy the canopy for them. Student equipment has extra "pull" handles installed and coaches can release the student's canopy any time they seem to be at risk. The student's safety is always our top factor to consider.

Once a trainee is able and willing to release their own canopy, they may show their understanding of fundamental freefall instruction and progress further to a solo dive. Through a succession of release dives, during which the trainer may or may not assist, the student is taught to jump alone. As this is vital to learn to dive and for safety, it is vital that the student be fully knowledgeable in basic freefall maneuvering.

The safety of the Accelerated FreeFall course is undoubted. Every trainer has a minimum altitude or "hard deck" at which they MUST release their own parachute. This ensures the security of the instructor and fellow divers. The trainee rig is armed with an "Automatic Activation Device" (AAD) that launches the reserve parachute once the student passes the activation altitude at free fall velocities. Although the AAD feature is rarely used, each student's safety is of utmost importance and it serves as a vital precaution.

As the trainers freefall with the student, they have the chance to correct the student's body position and other concerns by interacting with the student using hand signals in freefall and debriefing the student and carrying out corrective training after the skydive. When the student advances to more advanced levels, he or she studies aerial maneuvers including freefall speed control, flying forward, executing turns as well as flips! These maneuvers are vital as they show the trainer that the student has the ability to restore control even after dealing with instability and disorientation. Each AFF jump at Skydiving Nashville is progressive in nature, building on skills previously mastered.

Every level has "Targeted Learning Objectives" (TLOs) to help coaches determine when the student has passed all requirements. During AFF jumps, the student will have radio contact with ground personnel who instruct students with maneuvers under their parachute; nonetheless the student must possess the skills for a solo landing in the event that the radio fails.

Upon finishing the AFF at a Skydiving Nashville partner skydiving center, you are encouraged to join the USPA. Call Skydiving Nashville now at 931-455-4574 and start your freefall instruction today!