At several Reading Skydiving schools, generally are 7-8 levels of accelerated freefall instruction offered to students who really want to get their qualified skydiver credentials. During your very first solo freefall, you'll be accompanied by two experienced skydiving trainers who will maintain contact with you throughout your jump. Level one of the certification process will teach you body position, turns, altitude awareness, parachute deployment and canopy control. You will begin with a 5 to 6 hour ground school that will cover each and every technique that you are to execute during your first solo sky dive in Reading.
New students in our Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) method are mandated to make their first three jumps with a couple of instructors jumping along with them. For these first 3 jumps, Reading Skydiving partner instructors hang on to the student until they deploy their own chute. This approach is commonly known as ″ Harness Hold Training. ″ The Reading Skydiving AFF instructors have no actual connection to the student aside from their hold on the student, so once the student's chute is deployed, the trainers fly away and deploy their own parachutes.
At 5,500 feet of elevation above the ground, students deploy their own main canopies, but there are a number of safeguards in place. If there is any irregular delay in the student releasing their chute', the trainers will signal to the student to remind them to release. If the trainee appears unresponsive to the instructor's signal, the instructor will place the students hand on their pull handle to release their parachute; this also allows the instructor should timing be imminent, to yank the student's chute' themselves.
Once the student has proven they can pull their own canopy on their first few skydives, they will be authorized to make higher level jumps and will have the opportunity to prove to our instructors that they have the basic flying abilities required to jump without guidance. On release skydives there is a chance that an instructor may not have the ability to dock and assist at pull time, so it is important that the student has already learned the skills needed to pull on their own accord.
The safety and security of Accelerated Freefall students is undisputed. The instructor has a "hard deck" where they must pull their parachute and save their own life. This is a minimum altitude that all divers are made aware of to avoid instructor injury. Each parachute is equipped with a reserve chute in case a student arrives at elevation and their pilot chute has not been released. The AAD (Automatic Activation Device) reacts instantly, launching the reserve to give the student ample landing time. Although the AAD feature is rarely used, each student's welfare is of utmost importance and it serves as a vital precaution.
The AFF program at Reading Skydiving is advanced in nature, with each step developing on skill-sets discovered in the last. In the beginning, instructors have the opportunity to use hand signs to correct the student's body placement during the fall, and subsequent guidance to improve form after the jump, guaranteeing a comprehensive building of correct body mechanics as the instructors freefall with the trainee. Following the first levels, a trainee is paired to one trainer for one on one personal training. This training consists of demonstration of freefall positions, turns, flips, restoring balance from instability and body movement. Every trainee will be asked to complete the learned movements during flight with his or her trainer.
Once the student has completed all "Targeted Learning Objectives" (TLOs,) the instructor is then able to confirm that all requirements have been met. Aerial instructors are not the only coaches assisting trainees at Reading Skydiving. There are also ground staff who stay in radio contact with the trainee while they are flying their parachute. In the event of radio malfunction, however, it is key that the trainee knows the fundamental skills of flying under their parachute.
After finishing the Accelerated FreeFall at a Reading Skydiving partner skydiving center, you are encouraged to join the United States Parachute Association. Call Reading Skydiving right now at 1-888-565-5867 and start your freefall training today!