Do you dream of skydiving by yourself? Do you wish you could gear up with your very own equipment and take to the sky? Well, with AFF (Accelerated Freefall) you can! Across the United States, Accelerated Freefall is one of the most popular and efficient methods used to learn to skydive. If learning to skydive is on your radar, AFF is definitely the way to go.
Before diving into 5 reasons to try AFF, allow us a brief interlude to tell you all about AFF skydiving.
Accelerated Freefall (as the name suggests) is the fastest way to transition from a student to a licensed skydiver. Accelerated Freefall is a skydiving training method that utilizes levels drawn from the United States Parachute Association’s (USPA) comprehensive training outline, the Integrated Student Program. The Accelerated Freefall program requires you to progress through a series of categories. To pass these levels/categories, you must demonstrate the associated skydiving knowledge for that level, as well as the skydiving skills and equipment familiarity outlined in the Skydiver Information Manual.
At WNY Skydiving, we use a tandem training progression program to introduce students to the world of skydiving. This skydiving progression begins with two tandem skydive levels. After passing tandem skydive level 2, you may continue on to the AFF program.
Now that you are more familiar with Accelerated Freefall, here are 5 reasons to try AFF!
Do you remember how you felt after landing from your first tandem jump? That “I’m on top of the world–nobody can touch me” feeling? As impressive as it may have felt, that feeling is a hill of beans compared to the sense of accomplishment and achievement that you get from making your way through AFF.
There is a unique sort of pride that coincides not only with skydiving by yourself but also from continually learning and growing in a new hobby. As you progress through the AFF, your confidence will also bloom. You’ll start to believe you might just have what it takes to become a licensed skydiver!
One of the top 5 reasons to try AFF is that skydiving, quite literally, provides you with a change in perspective. The monotonous lull of modern life–from fretting over bills and work relationships to an endless litany of responsibilities–can often make us forget about how wondrous our existence really is. Skydiving brings the beauty of our lives sharply into focus. As you go through AFF, you’ll learn first-hand how skydiving gives you a chance to reframe what is important and what is really deserving of your energy and attention.
It may seem silly, but learning to skydive with AFF is essentially unlocking a superpower. Flying in an aircraft is one thing, exiting the vehicle and really experiencing the element is a whole ’nother ball game! Accelerated Freefall lets you feel what true independent body flight is like and, trust us, it’s even cooler than you can imagine!
Spanning the globe, the skydiving community is composed of an incredible variety of people all united by a love of the sport. When you begin the AFF program, you’re happily admitted into this quirky fan club. Though it may sound cliche, the skydiving community is a tight-knit family. Even outside of jump operations and hours, you can often count on members of the skydiving community to be there for you.
The skills you develop through the AFF program unlock a vast new realm of possibilities.
From wingsuiting and freeflying to formation skydiving and canopy relative work, and everything in between, there is so much that you can do in skydiving. Accelerated Freefall is just the beginning! What will you do when you’re a licensed skydiver?