AFF COURSE. THE INTRODUCTORY TANDEM SKYDIVE.
TO TANDEM OR NOT TO TANDEM?
While not officially part of the Accelerated Free-Fall course, it is a very good idea and thus strongly recommended for a first-timer, to start off his or her skydiving career with an introductory tandem jump.
The psychological advantage for the student in doing so, is to get somewhat accustomed to the for most firs-timers plain overwhelming sensation of free-fall and terminal velocity, with a fun and low-pressure first skydive while being safely attached to a professional pilot.
YOUR USPA AFF COURSE AT THE FLIGHT CLUB SKYDIVING SCHOOL.
(A) LIABILITY RELEASE
Upon arrival at the drop-zone all student skydivers are required to register with the Flight Club skydiving school. As part of the registration process you will be required to fill out and sign a liability release form. This waiver will verify that each student skydiver understands that there are inherit risks involved in skydiving and that each participant freely agrees to accept those risks. This legal release will usually contain a covenant by which the participant agrees to not sue the skydiving school, or anyone else involved in the skydiving operation, if the participant suffers an injury during the process.
WHAT IS ACCELERATED FREE-FALL TRAINING?
The Accelerated Free-Fall course, short AFF course, is a method of freefall training for student skydivers. It is called "accelerated" because it is internationally recognized as the most efficient form of freefall training and thus, the fastest way for skydiving students to learn the skills necessary in order to safely experience solo free-fall and skydive entirely self-supervised.
The USPA AFF course is based upon a series of nine successive levels, and follows a simple to complex skills development strategy. That means, you will have to satisfactorily complete the targeted learning objectives of each level before being allowed to progress to the next and more challenging level. Depending on the AFF student’s personal need and circumstances, it might therefore be necessary to repeat individual levels before being able to safely progress to the next task.
During the first 3 levels of the USPA AFF course you will be accompanied by 2 AFF instructors. On each level they will gradually grant you more and more freedom in free-fall. Typically, by jump # 3, the AFF student will experience his or her first full release, meaning that both AFF instructors will let go of you entirely, allowing for you to find your balance without anybody hanging on to the student harness.
HOW DOES THIS WORK? THE AFF COURSE EXPLAINED.
Accelerated Fee-Fall training skydives are also referred to as "harness hold" jumps. The AFF student wears his own parachute and is accompanied by two AFF instructors, each holding on to the AFF student’s harness during exit and free-fall. AFF instructors serve as coaches and life-guards in free-fall, using hand signals to communicate with the AFF student and providing physical assistance when necessary. AFF instructors will stay with their student until the student’ s parachute has been deployed, before flying away and deploying their own parachutes.
During these later stages of the Accelerated Free-Fall course, the AFF instructor will allow the AFF student maximum freedom to find his or her own wings. Your AFF instructor will guide you step-by-step through more advanced skydiving tricks, like determining the right spot over ground to exit the aircraft, performing solo exits and fly-aways, maintaining free-fall control around all axis with turns, rolls and loops, re-gaining stability within 5 seconds after performing aerobatics and landing your parachute without radio assistance in a designated landing area.
CHECK OUT THE USPA AFF COURSE CATEGORY A THROUGH CATEGORY F VIDEOS.
Watch the entire 9 level (Cat A through Cat F1) USPA Accelerated Free-Fall course program here - your step by step guide to becoming a self-supervised skydiver.
YOUR TRAINING BEFORE THE FIRST AFF SKYDIVE.
THE USPA AFF COURSE FIRST-GROUND-SCHOOL.
Once the registration process has been completed it is time to meet your personal instructor and start your skydive training with a first-ground-school.
Since you will be wearing your own parachute, you will need to familiarize yourself during this introductory session with all survival skills necessary to safely start into your skydiving career. Your AFF instructor will thoroughly train you to handle emergency situations, which might occur during the flight to altitude, in free-fall and during deployment. Your instructor will also thoroughly teach you how to safely pilot your parachute and handle both ordinary and extraordinary landing procedures.
During this initial ground-school session, as well as before the first AFF jump, all AFF skydiving students are required to pass oral, written and practical tests. These tests are being administered with the intent to have the student proof his or her knowledge and understanding of each topic, to demonstrate sound situational awareness and decision-making and to give skydiving students an opportunity to correctly practice procedures with sufficient repetition and to generally hone their skills.
These tests will both, assist your instructor in determining your personal state of preparedness and give you confidence that you have been adequately trained to safely make your first AFF skydive.
Depending on the number of participants in the class and on the individual learner’s personal needs, an AFF course first-ground-school will typically last around 6 hours. The first skydive can usually be accomplished on the same day
! HOT TIP !
To facilitate a smooth process in your USPA AFF course first-ground-school, we strongly recommend you prepare yourself to the best of your ability before your actual arrival at the drop-zone by familiarizing yourself with the content of the USPA ONLINE FIRST-GROUND-SCHOOL.
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SUPPLEMENTAL FREE-FALL SIMULATOR TRAINING.
Indoor skydiving simulators offer the opportunity to train certain motor-skills in a fun and low-pressure environment. Equipped with muscle memory and confidence in your flying abilities, you have a fair chance of successfully translating these skills into the mentally more demanding free-fall terminal velocity environment.
Incorporating indoor free-fall simulator time into your AFF course lead-up training will dramatically increase your chances for a successful, no drama completion of your Accelerated Free-Fall training.
We categorically recommend you upgrade your chances by opting into this add-on before your first AFF jump.
Of course, you can still request free-fall simulator time following your introductory tandem skydive, should you realize that you need more time in the wind to get fully accustomed, before going for the real thing in your AFF course level 1 skydive.
Wind-tunnel training sessions are also available on an "as needed basis" for AFF students who get stuck with any particular trick over the course of their Accelerated Free-Fall training.
At this still very elementary stage of your skydiving career, about 30 minutes of free-fall simulator time will, generally speaking, be enough to get you going pretty strong.
To learn more about how we utilize INDOOR FREEFALL SIMULATOR TRAINING at the Flight Club skydiving school as a performance enhancing tool when training skydiving students, please visit our wind-tunnel flying page.
To all those amongst you who might not believe in psychology much but figure, hey, no worries, we got this, let us add some educational value to the tandem issue:
a tandem set-up happens to be the perfect training environment for your instructor to go with you through a life-deployment sequence of a parachute, to run you through the post-deployment phase assessing your parachute for functionality and, last but not least, to teach you hands-on how to steer that parachute back towards the drop-zone and safely land it there.
Experience has shown, that skydiving students who choose to familiarize themselves with their new environment during a tandem skydive, have exponentially higher chances of successfully completing the first levels of the Accelerated Free-Fall course than those skydive students who decided to skip this familiarization process and instead insist on winging it on their own the very first time around.
You can upgrade this introductory tandem skydive experience with an in-air video and photo series. This is not only an eternal memory of your first ever skydive which you can share with friends at home, but also an effective debriefing tool and thus a valuable learning aid.
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TRAINING DATES AND DURATION.
The Flight Club skydiving school in Russia offers USPA AFF courses 7 days a week, starting from mid-April through mid-October. You can complete your entire USPA AFF course with us in 5-7 training days (weather permitting). During Russian winter-season, we operate weekends only and longer delays might occur due to adverse weather conditions.
YOUR USPA AFF COURSE.
TUITION FEES AT THE FLIGHT CLUB SKYDIVING SCHOOL.
HOW DO I CONTINUE MY SKYDIVING CAREER ONCE I HAVE COMPLETED THE USPA ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE?
1. YOUR CLEARNCE TO SKYDIVE "SOLO".
What a rush! You just completed your Accelerated Free-Fall course and have been cleared to skydive "solo", meaning self-supervised and alone free-fall! And that is exactly what you should be doing in order to up your confidence level and get a little bit of experience under your belt.
But now that you have actually skydived solo for a day or two, what else can you do with your new found passion of jumping out of airplanes for the sheer fun of it?
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SCHEDULING AND BOOKING.
To schedule your USPA AFF course in Russia with the Flight Club skydiving school, please complete and submit the online BOOKING REQUEST FORM. You can lock in preferred course dates with us.
If you do have any remaining questions, please speak to us directly in FLIGHT CLUB LIVE CHAT.
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| ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE GROUND-SCHOOL |
| INTRODUCTORY TANDEM SKYDIVE|
ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE CAT A- CAT C1 (3 SKYDIVES)|
ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE CAT C2- CAT F1 (6 SKYDIVES)|
ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE PROGRAM TOTAL|
ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE REPEAT JUMP (CAT A- CAT C1)|
ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE REPEAT JUMP (CAT C2- CAT F1)|
| OPTION: FREEFALL SIMULATOR TIME (30 MIN. FLIGHT-TIME)|
| EUR 80.00 |
| EUR 210.00|
| EUR 555.00|
| EUR 930.00|
| EUR 1,775.00|
| EUR 185.00|
| EUR 155.00|
| EUR 225.00|
ACCELERATED FREE-FALL COURSE.
LEARN TO SKYDIVE IN RUSSIA.
Master fundamental skydiver survival skills and tricks for freefall and parachute piloting in our USPA Accelerated Free-Fall course.
Find out how you too can become a self-supervised skydiver, right here in our comprehensive Accelerated Free-Fall course tutorial. Learn all there is to know about the structure of this entry-stage skydiving course, registration pre-requisites, course duration, associated tuition fees and booking procedures.
We welcome you to the FLIGHT CLUB SKYDIVING SCHOOL, located right in the heart of the world-famous aviation super-center Aerograd Kolomna near Moscow in Russia and wish you a fun time while finding your wings with us.
Your Accelerated Free-Fall course at the Flight Club skydiving school is conducted to international standards by experienced professional USPA AFF instructors in accordance with the current skydive student training syllabus of the United States Parachute Association (USPA).
the above listed prices include:
jump-tickets for yourself and for your tandem pilot, jump-tickets for yourself and for your AFF instructors,
tuition fees, in-air and landing videos of your AFF skydives, your equipment, parachute re-packing;
(B) MEDICAL CERTIFICATES AND FITNESS
Each person wishing to engage in skydiving activities must meet USPA’s Basic Safety Requirements for medical fitness. Generally speaking, a person wishing to skydive should be in good overall health and physical condition. You should not be on medication which could influence sound judgement or performance. Any kind of drug or alcohol abuse is prohibited. People who have recently been scuba-diving or donated blood, should inform their instructor and should wait a period of time before skydiving. Please notify your AFF instructor of any previous injuries or any other medical conditions which might affect your ability to skydive safely, such as dislocated shoulders, poor eyesight, epilepsy etc.
During skydiving operations at Aerograd Kolomna, we have a doctor onsite who is available to you at any time for both support and/ or treatment as needed.
(C) MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum legal age requirements for skydiving students are set by each country’s respective governing civil aviation authority.
At Aerograd Kolomna you can start your skydiving career with 16 years of age, provided you have written legal consent of both parents.
Once an AFF student has proven basic survival and free-fall skills such as stability-, heading- and hover control and is able to deploy his or her parachute unassisted at a pre-assigned altitude, training will resume with only one AFF instructor in USPA AFF course levels 4 through 9.
Once an AFF skydiving student has successfully demonstrated all necessary skills to pass AFF course level 9, he or she will be cleared for free-fall self-supervision and can go for the first ever solo free-fall skydive.
2. LEARN TO FLY WITH OTHER SKYDIVERS!
The time has come for you to start flying together with other skydivers in small groups, so you can share this exhilarating feeling of speed and freedom with your new friends on the drop-zone.
In order for you to legally and safely do so, you will first need to get some follow-up freefall training in formation-skydiving techniques and qualify for an entry-stage skydiving license.
In the USPA system, this entry-stage skydiving license is called "USPA A-license".
Skydivers holding an USPA A-license may skydive without supervision, pack their own parachute, engage in basic group jumps and perform intentional water jumps.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING A USPA A-LICENSE?
In order for you to qualify for a USPA A-license you must have at least 25 skydives under your belt, hold a current USPA membership and have successfully completed all requirements listed on the USPA A-LICENSE PROFICIENCY CARD.
With some professional guidance, most student skydivers can accomplish these A-license requirements in about 5 training days after graduation of the Accelerated Free-Fall course.
To find out in detail how you too can get a USPA A-license at the Flight Club skydiving school, check out our comprehensive USPA SKYDIVING LICENSES tutorial.