you graduate from one of the following USPA approved training programs,
skydives cost less than $20 for licensed skydivers at Skydive Philadelphia.
The following describes the two most advanced training programs available
in the USA.
You exit the plane with 2 jump masters, and continue to learn the basic
skills for body flight.
Your training begins with a 6 hour ground school
that will provide you with a basic orientation, aircraft procedures, freefall
body position, canopy control, landing, practice parachute deployment,
and more. Two Accelerated Freefall Certified Jump Masters will be assigned
to you, and will remain with you for the freefall portion of your skydive.
You exit the aircraft with 2 jump masters and continue to enhance your
basic skills. As you progress, and your flying skills improve, your jump
masters will release, but at all times be close by your side. You'll now
experience the feel of acceleration on your first solo freefall.
As your skills continue to improve, you will be learning "Heading
Control" using 90 degree turns and forward movement, this time
with only one jump master.
This level continues instruction, with more controlled 360 degree turns
and forward movement with 1 jump master.
Your first solo exit with 1 jump master close by your side. You learn
more advanced maneuvers as you dive out, and demonstrate delta tracking
(gliding across the sky), freefall flips and recovery from pre planned
unstable body positions.
One jump master remains with you in freefall while you make a solo DIVING
exit and demonstrate your newly acquired skydiving skills. Video is
always good to have on this dive, but it is an optional extra.
Progression: The alternative to the 7 level progression
level is designed to introduce you to the Arch body position, freefall
turns, altitude awareness, deploying the main parachute, and canopy control.
the advantage to this progression method is that you have an instructor
there with you for the entire freefall and parachute ride. During the
canopy (parachute) portion of your skydive, the instructor will provide
you with a practical understanding of canopy procedures as you perform
Level 2 provides you
with the opportunity to control more pronounced freefall turns, greater
freefall stability. You will be required to wave off and deploy your main
parachute at 5,000ft, and assist with the landing.
level 3, you will be introduced to advanced heading maintenance, controlled
360 degree freefall turns, forward movement while in freefall, and canopy
deployment. After this level you enter the AFF program at level 4 following
the AFF 6 hour ground school.
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