LEARN TO SKYDIVE
Take the next step with our USPA-accredited Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Course
How Does the AFF Course Work?*
Skydive Sebastian operates one of the largest skydiving schools in the country and offers our students the highest level of professional instruction. As a United States Parachute Association group member, we adhere to their training guidelines and standards for safety.
*You must be between the ages of 18-59.
Schedule Online Ground School
Our online ground school is designed to allow for self-directed, spaced learning. This knowledge will help prepare you for your first AFF jump and ease your stress as you prepare to head to the drop zone.
Your online ground school course must be completed no more than 30 days prior to your first AFF jump.
Schedule Your 1st Jump & Review
When you’re ready to do your first jump, call the manifest office and schedule your in-person review.
An instructor will review everything you learned in the AFF Online Ground School, familiarize you with the equipment and jump procedures, then schedule your first jump that day.
Earn Your "A" License
After you’ve completed AFF levels 1-7, you’re ready to continue earning your USPA “A” License. This license is recognized world-wide and will enable you to jump with other licensed skydivers and at most drop zones around the world.
What is Accelerated Free Fall?
The accelerated freefall program is the safest, most rapid way to become a licensed skydiver. Instead of beginning with static line jumps and gradually gaining altitude, you begin in freefall with two instructors holding on to you and rapidly progress through basic freefall skills in 7 jumps.
Online Ground School
Skydive Sebastian’s online ground school is taught by USPA instructors and introduces you to all aspects of skydiving, including your equipment, aircraft, and landing. You’ll learn all of the procedures for exiting the aircraft, proper freefall body position, and how to deploy your main and reserve canopies.
Finally, we will go over emergency procedures and the fundamentals of canopy piloting so you can have a safe and accurate landing at the drop zone.
Your online ground school must be completed within 30-days of purchase, and you must complete an in-person practical application and final exam before your first AFF jump.
You can also schedule an in-person ground school by calling our manifest office. Additional fees may apply.
Don’t forget to purchase your jump package!
How is AFF Structured?
AFF Jumps 1-3: Two Instructors
Two USPA-certified jumpmasters are assigned to each individual student. This provides for 40 seconds of freefall under direct supervision and allows you to land your parachute with radio instruction.
During your second and third training jumps, you continue to learn the basic movements of body flight and ground reference awareness as you fall with your jumpmasters next to you.
AFF Jumps 4-7: One Instructor
You learn essential body flight control during freefall:
- 90-degree and 360-degree turns
- Precise turns
- Forward movement
- Spotting (directing the aircraft to a safe exit point)
- More advanced maneuvers, including front flip and back loop and recovery from planned unstable body positions.
When you’re ready, you’ll make your graduation skydive, your first solo jump!
Graduating AFF customarily results in many congratulations from everyone at the DZ! It’s all part of becoming part of the select group of people who have made this adventure part of their life.
While it’s possible to complete all 25 jumps to earn your A-License in a week, skydiving is very weather dependent and there’s no guarantee you will be able to complete the required jumps in that period of time.