Learn to Skydive!

Learn to Skydive!

What is Accelerated Freefall (AFF)?

So you did a Tandem Skydive and are ready to step up your game. Or simply, the idea of being harnessed directly to someone for your first jump isn’t your cup of tea. Now what?

Accelerated Freefall (AFF) at Virginia Skydiving Center offers the opportunity for Virginians, those from Maryland, and even North Carolina to learn to skydive… by yourself, on your very first jump!

You will jump from an airplane flying 13.500 feet above the ground, free fall through the air at 120 MPH for almost 60 seconds, and deploy your own parachute at 5,000 feet. You will then float gently under the parachute for 6-8 minutes, and glide to the landing area…all by yourself!

Of course, you’ll need some training to prepare you for this incredible experience. The First Jump Course (FJC) ground training takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. During the course, you will learn how to exit the airplane, practice the correct free fall body position, deploy your own parachute, and fly and land your parachute.

Weather permitting, we will get you up for your skydive on the same day as your ground training. There will be two instructors with you in free fall who assist you from the exit of the airplane until you open the parachute 60 seconds later. Once your parachute is open, the instructors continue in free fall to a lower altitude while you begin flying towards the landing area. Your canopy flight is backed by radio assistance in the event that you need any guidance.

After your jump, your instructors will debrief you on your skydive. You will also receive an official Skydiver’s Logbook, and a A-License Skills Progression Card, should you wish to pursue the sport and join the ranks as a full-fledged Licensed Skydiver!

Video and Photos

Since your first AFF skydive is such a monumental event, we highly recommend you check out our Video and Photo Packages. From gearing up on the ground, to the plane ride, to the free fall and the landing, you can relive the feeling of leaping from a plane over and over. Even if you go on to make thousands of skydives, you will only experience one FIRST AFF jump…don’t wish after the fact that you had gotten video! Our video staff uses the latest digital video equipment to give you the sharpest image possible. We then edit the footage into a film with music and burn it to a DVD so that you become the star of your own skydiving action movie! Our video staff also will take 50-100 digital still photos for you to show off to your friends and family.

Video is optimal for your AFF skydive, as it is an invaluable training aid, showing you what your free fall body position looked like during your jump. Your instructors will break down every aspect of the jump for an ideal, visually-aided training experience!

Earn Your License

Very few people ever jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Even fewer become licensed skydivers. Do you have what it takes?

Earning your license can be done in as little as 25 jumps. And the good news is, it gets much cheaper as your training progresses. And the best part? Once you have your license and your own equipment, a skydive costs only $26 ($27 cc)!

Throughout your training, you will learn how to control your freefall in a relaxed manner, single-axis turns, aerobatics such as front flips and barrel rolls, and basic group free fall skills. You will also receive an introduction to a style of multi-axis body flight known as freeflying, and expand your parachute flying skills to became a more safe and competent canopy pilot.

See below for a breakdown of our full license training program!

NOTE: You must be 18 or older to skydive, and there is a weight limit of 225 pounds or less for AFF jumps. Your height and weight must be proportionate, as well. If you are unsure, or have any questions, give us a call to learn more about the best skydiving experience near Raleigh and Virginia Beach!

Here is an example of the first jump in the AFF program

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Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Program Prices

AFF Category A – First Jump
$355 – Includes first jump course ground training, equipment rental and first skydive with two AFF Instructors and a 90 day membership to the U.S. Parachute Association. Freefall-Relaxed body position and altitude awareness. Canopy-Fly a basic landing pattern to the landing area.

AFF Category B – Jump 2
$239 – Freefall-Leg awareness drills which create forward motion, focus on relaxed freefall position, altitude awareness and stability for main canopy deployment. Canopy-Fly a basic canopy pattern reinforced from the first jump.

AFF Category C – Jump 3 and 4
$239 / $209 – Freefall-First release dive. First with two instructors then with just one instructor. Focus on relaxed freefall position, heading control and altitude awareness. Canopy-Learn to fly a pattern in winds and effects of turbulence. Gear checks start here.

AFF Category D – Jump 5 and 6
$209 / $209 – Freefall-Student begins controlled turns, 90 degree on first jump. 180 and 360 on the second. Canopy-Begin rear riser control of the canopy above 1,000 feet. Introduction to spotting.

AFF Category E – Jumps 7 and 8
$209 / $209 – Freefall-Student learns to recover from disorienting maneuvers by practicing back flips, front flips and barrel rolls. Canopy-Learning the best canopy flare point and review of collision avoidance. More work on spotting the exit point from the aircraft.

AFF Category F – Jumps 9, 10 and 11
$105 each – Freefall-Tracking practice and two hop and pops, one from 5,500 feet and one from 4,000 feet to practice a deployment right after exit. Canopy-Braked turns and braked approaches, power line avoidance review. Gear checking another jumper and spotting practice. Packing a main parachute with assistance.

AFF Category G – Jumps 12-14
$105 each – Freefall-Group freefall skills. Training includes docking, forward motion, fall rate adjustment, docking with fall rate adjustment. More work on tracking. Canopy-Rapid toggle turn practice to learn how to avoid inducing a line twist. Detailed gear review pointing out the high-wear points of the equipment.

AFF Category H – Jumps 15-18
$105 each – Freefall-Swoop and dock maneuvers. Canopy-Front riser turns. Parachute riser maintenance and closing loop replacement instructions. More on packing a main parachute.

AFF Jumps 19 – 20
$105 each – Freefall-Introduction to freeflying. Sit flying jumps. Basics of freeflying procedures and safety tips for freefall, equipment and proper training procedures which should be followed by anyone working on freeflying.

AFF Jump 21
$105 – A License Check dive-You will still need 25 jumps for the actual USPA A License but your training is completed at this point. This takes into account that there were no repeated skydives. Once you earn your A License each skydive is only $26 cash ($27 cc) with your own equipment!!

The remaining solo jumps are $76 while renting gear to complete those jumps. You will still be under the supervision of the school staff until you have completed the A License. Once you have your A License and your own equipment, each skydive is only $26 cash ($27 cc)!