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Solo Skydive

Student Licensing Programs 

Accelerated Tandem Progression (ATP)

The Accelerated Tandem Progression Program was developed by the USPA (United States Parachute Association) to  transition tandem skydivers to licensed/solo skydivers. It allows the student to become acclimated to freefall under the supervision of a tandem instructor prior to going solo. You will receive additional ground instruction prior to your tandem jumps and will be required to complete a series of tasks during your tandem skydive in order to eventually progress to solo jumps in the AFF Program. This program also includes 10 minutes of coaching at an indoor wind tunnel. This helps ensure more successful progression skydives and a higher pass-rate of each level. You will also receive under canopy instruction on landing patterns and lading procedures while under the direct supervision of your instruction. This is the fastest and most successful route to your skydiving license!

This program is designed so you have the option to pay as you go (per jump) OR prepay and save.

Accelerated Tandem Progression

Class GROUND SCHOOL 5-8 Hours $120
Jump 1 Cat A Tandem 1 Instructor $169
Jump 2

Tunnel

Cat B Tandem

IFly Indoor Wind Tunnel Training

**Paid directly to IFly Instructor

1 Instructor

10 Minutes

$169

$200

Jump 3 Category C2 1 Instructors $169
Jump 4 Category C2 1 Instructors $169
Jump 5 Category D1 1 Instructors $169
Jump 6 Category D2 1 Instructors $169
Jump 7 Category E1 1 Instructors $169
Jump 8 Category E2 First Solo! $50
Jump 9 Category F Coach Jump $129
Jump 10 Category G1 Coach Jump $129
Jump 11 Category G2 Coach Jump $129
Jump 12 Category G3 Coach Jump $129
Jump 13 Category H1 Coach Jump $129
Jump 14 Category H2 Coach Jump $129
Jump 15 Low Altitude Solo $50
Jump 16 Low Altitude Solo $50
Jump 17 Solo $50
Jump 18 Solo $50
Jump 19 Solo $50
Jump 20 Solo $50
Jump 21 Solo $50
Jump 22 Solo $50
Jump 23 Solo $50
Jump 24 Solo $50
Jump 25 Check Dive Coach Jump $129
Packing Class Packing Class 2-5 Hours Average $50
Total $2,806

THE FINE PRINT

  • These prices include all rental equipment – parachute, goggles, jumpsuit, altimeter, training materials.
  • Jumps 1 – 7 include a FREE main parachute repack.
  • Jumps 8 – 25 you must pay the packer cash!
  • Jumps 9 – 25 may be completed in any order
  • The USPA A – License requires a minimum of 25 jumps.
  • ATP is a skills based assessment program. You must exhibit the skill to progress to the next level.
  • There are 10 Minutes of Indoor Wind Tunnel Training required in this program. Tunnel Training drastically increases the student’s rate of progression and comfort of the student. (Tunnel coaching must be paid directly to IFly Instructor).
  • Student will not jump “solo” in this program until the successful completion of 2 Tandem Progression Jumps with a Tandem Instructor. Jump 3 (C1) is the first “solo” skydive assisted by a non-attached instructor.
  • Your Cat C1 Jump (Jump 3) cannot be completed until after your Indoor Tunnel Training has been completed.
  • ATP is a self-paced program. The more you jump, the faster you will progress.
  • Student skydivers must jump every 30 days to remain current.
  • If you have not jumped in the last 30 days, you will be required to do a refresher course for $65.
  • All students are required to join the USPA
  • 3 month membership = $20
  • 1 year membership = $65
  • You can PREPAY for Groundschool and Jump 1 and SAVE $10
  • You can PREPAY for the FULL Program (IFly tunnel coaching is paid separately) and SAVE 10%
  • Be sure to ask about our Military Discount!

Accelerated Free Fall (AFF)

Accelerated Free Fall is a training program developed by the USPA to allow a person to become a licensed skydiver in a structured but slightly more aggressive method. You are not required to do a tandem jump prior to beginning the AFF program, however we recommend experiencing a tandem first or ATP for most people.  A 4-6 hour ground school and a high level of demonstrated aptitude is also required prior to the first supervised solo. 2 AFF instructors will accompany you on your first solo skydive giving in-air instruction with learned hand signals in free fall. You will be wearing your own rig and jump unattached to an instructor, deploying and landing the canopy yourself!

This program is designed so you have the option to pay as you go (per jump) OR prepay and save.

Accelerated Free Fall

Class GROUND SCHOOL 5-8 Hours $120
Jump 1 Category A 2 Instructors $249
Jump 2 Category B 2 Instructors $249
Jump 3 Category C1 2 Instructors $249
Jump 4 Category D1 1 Instructor $169
Jump 5 Category D1 1 Instructor $169
Jump 6 Category D2 1 Instructor $169
Jump 7 Category E1 1 Instructor $169
Jump 8 Category E2 First Solo! $50
Jump 9 Category F Coach Jump $129
Jump 10 Category G1 Coach Jump $129
Jump 11 Category G2 Coach Jump $129
Jump 12 Category G3 Coach Jump $129
Jump 13 Category H1 Coach Jump $129
Jump 14 Category H2 Coach Jump $129
Jump 15 Low Altitude Solo $50
Jump 16 Low Altitude Solo $50
Jump 17 Solo $50
Jump 18 Solo $50
Jump 19 Solo $50
Jump 20 Solo $50
Jump 21 Solo $50
Jump 22 Solo $50
Jump 23 Solo $50
Jump 24 Solo $50
Jump 25 Check Dive Coach Jump $129
Packing Class  Packing Class  2-5 Hours Average $50
Total $2,966

THE FINE PRINT

  • These prices include all rental equipment – parachute, goggles, jumpsuit, altimeter, training materials.
  • Jumps 1 – 7 include a FREE main parachute repack.
  • Jumps 8 – 25 you must pay the packer cash!
  • Jumps 9 – 25 may be completed in any order
  • The USPA A – License requires a minimum of 25 jumps.
  • AFF is a skills based assessment program. You must exhibit the skill to progress to the next level. Your instructor will work with you as to what that skill is and how to accomplish it.
  • There are NO tandem skydives in this program. All training jumps are considered “solo” assisted by one or more non-attached instructor(s).
  • This program does NOT include Indoor Wind Tunnel Training.
  • AFF is a self-paced program. The more you jump, the faster you will progress.
  • Student skydivers must jump every 30 days to remain current.
  • If you have not jumped in the last 30 days, you will be required to do a refresher course for $65.
  • All students are required to join the USPA
  • 3 month membership = $20
  • 1 year membership = $65
  • You can PREPAY for Groundschool & Jump 1 and SAVE $10
  • You can PREPAY for the FULL Program and SAVE 10%
  • Be sure to ask about our Military Discount!

A-License

Becoming a licensed skydiver is easy! At the end of our ATP or AFF Programs (and 25 jumps) you will achieve your USPA ‘A’ License. A USPA License is recognized pretty much anywhere in the world! The best part is, once you become licensed your skydiving experience becomes much more affordable. Licensed jumpers with their own equipment  jump for as little as $24/jump!

Solo Skydiving FAQs

Do I have to do a tandem first?

No, you do not. However, for most students a tandem skydive or Tandem Progression jump is strongly recommended. Tandem skydives are a great way to get acclimated to the overwhelming thrill of skydiving.  You can schedule your ground school for our AFF or AFP programs and start skydiving solo any time!

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AFF AND ATP?

There are 2 big differences between AFF and ATP:

ATP- The first 2 jumps in the ATP program are tandems. The 3rd jump in ATP is a solo jump assisted by an AFF Instructor. The ATP program includes training in an indoor wind tunnel.

AFF- The first 3 jumps in the AFF program are solo jumps assisted by 2 AFF Instructors. The AFF Program does not include any training in an indoor wind tunnel.

Which program is better, Aff or atp?

For most students the ATP program is the way to go. Both programs include excellent instruction but the advantages of ATP over AFF are many.

ATP- You progress faster and will likely become licensed faster. All jumps in the ATP program are “Single-Instructor” jumps. This means we can get you manifested and in the air faster, with fewer staff members required for your training jumps.

ATP- You get coaching at an indoor wind tunnel. The 10 minutes spent in the wind tunnel are equivalent to 10-12 skydives worth of freefall experience. Receiving indoor coaching will make you more likely to pass all of your levels without having to repeat any.

ATP- You will receive valuable under canopy instruction with your tandem instructor making the canopy flight and landing easier to understand more completely.

AFF- You don’t have to do any tandems. Your 1st jump is technically a solo skydive assisted by 2 AFF Instructors during freefall.

AFF- AFF is slightly less expensive but does not include any tunnel time and holds a higher potential for repeating levels.

Does a regular tandem count towards the atp program?

Tandem Progression jumps are different from regular tandem skydives. First, you must attend a full AFF/ATP ground school prior to doing an ATP tandem skydive. You would be thoroughly briefed by your ATP instructor prior to each jump, expected to perform certain tasks in freefall and under canopy as well as be debriefed after the jump.  ATP tandems are more than just a thrill ride, they’re part of your formal skydiving education. That being said, 25 jumps are required to obtain a skydiving license. Up to 2 regular tandems outside of the ATP/AFF program DO count towards your total jump number required for licensing.

How is AFF Ground School different from the Tandem Training Class?

The AFF Ground School is much more in depth training than what is received during a tandem training class. Your course instructor will cover equipment, aircraft emergencies, exit, freefall body position, deployment, emergency procedures, canopy flight, landing pattern and more. The class takes approximately 4-8 hours depending on the class size and aptitude of the student. You will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the material taught in order to perform a solo skydive.

What happens if I fail a level of AFF?

Sometimes it is necessary to repeat a skydive. Mastering body position, turns and stability can take time- All students are different and learn at their own pace. Don’t get discouraged, many great skydivers have had to repeat a level of AFF. We want you to be safe and successful and our instructors will do everything they can to help you move forward in the program. The best way to ensure passing all levels in the program on the first try is to consider doing ATP. The tandem progression program includes 10 minutes of coached time in an indoor wind tunnel. This valuable time really makes passing the levels a breeze.

Can I get video & pictures of my AFF or ATP jumps?

Yes, you can! However, it’s important to know that safety and the student’s education takes priority. Your videographer is trained to capture the experience from a vantage point that does not hinder learning and allows the student to complete the tasks assigned for that level/skydive. They will only come in for that close up shot after the goals of that training jump have been met. All footage will be edited to music and delivered via thumb drive. Purchase Video & Pictures for an ATP or AFF jump **HERE**