Accelerated Freefall (AFF) is a training program which takes you from your first jump at 12,000ft to becoming a qualified skydiver. You need no previous skydiving experience to undergo AFF training.
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Training & 1st jump
Training - £260
Flight Ticket - £120
Total cost £380
The last available training date for 2014 is: -
28th October (3 places).
The training price includes use of equipment and also the mandatory £18.60 British Parachute Association provisional membership which is a mandatory requirement for any first jump made in the UK.
The flight ticket has to be purchased separately from Headcorn Parachute Club Ltd. Click here to purchase or this can be done on the day of your training or by calling 01622 890862.
Everything you need to know...
Accelerated freefall (AFF) is a training system which takes you from your first jump to being a qualified skydiver. You need no previous experience to undergo this type of training. During six to eight hours of ground training you will be taught to exit the aircraft, to adopt the freefall position, to read your altimeter, to open your parachute, to steer your parachute and to land safely. Your physical skills will be assessed throughout the day, which ends with a written test.
The following day you will make your first jump from 12,000 feet with two instructors holding you during the freefall phase, which lasts 30-40 seconds. During subsequent jumps, and as your skills develop, this will reduce to one instructor. After a minimum of eight jumps you will be skydiving by yourself. A minimum of eighteen jumps is required to gain your ‘A’ licence (see progression information for further details).
All prices quoted are per Person. Prices include the mandatory £18.60 British Parachute Association (BPA) provisional membership which is required for any first jump made in the UK.
When using our online bookings facility you will be asked to specify a date for your initial training. This date is not confirmed until you receive either an email or written confirmation by post. We will try and accommodate your preferred date but if it is not available we will email alternatives and wait for a reply before confirming. If you prefer to book and pay over the phone, please call the office.
We require a £100 non-refundable deposit to confirm a date. Remaining balances are payable on the morning of the training day during registration.
We accept the following types of payment:
- Paypal (A fee of £3 will apply for payments of £100 and above)
- Debit Cards (Online / Telephone payments)
- Credit Cards (Online / Telephone payments subject to a 2% surcharge)
The BPA membership includes third party insurance. Personal accident insurance is available from www.sky-cover.co.uk
The initial day’s training is available on most Friday's throughout the summer and on some other weekdays. You will be asked to arrive at 8.30 am on the training day. Jumping takes place everyday on a first-come first-served basis and continues until dusk, weather permitting. It is possible to complete 2 or more jumps in a day.
We are open for jumping at:
- Weekend and bank holidays 8.30 am
- Tuesday-Friday 9.30 am
- Monday 12.30 pm. (During British Summer Time only in line with the clock change)
For safety reasons we cannot accept men over 14½ stone (92kgs) and women over 13½stone (86kgs) fully clothed and, consequently, you may be weighed during registration.
You must be at least 16 years of age. Under 18s require parental/guardian consent. Everyone must sign a declaration of fitness. Anyone 40 years or over must have the declaration signed and stamped by their doctor. Forms will be provided on request.
The upper age limit for training is 54.
Click here for the Declaration of fitness form
Videos & Photography
For an additional fee of only £140 you can have your first skydive captured on DVD and digital photographs by one of Air Affair’s professional skydiving photographers. You will be asked if you require this service on the day of your training. There is a discounted price to have subsequent jumps filmed.
Visit AirAffair's website to make a booking.
Weather does not affect the training day. Ideally we would expect you to return within 1 month to make your first jump. However after 3 months you will need to attend another days training at additional cost and after 6 months your jump will be forfeited.
Please note we can only jump in the following suitable weather conditions:
- The wind must be less than 15kts (18mph)
- Cloud must not restrict our view of the landing area from the aircraft
- Visibility must be at least 5km
Please wear something comfortable and appropriate for the time of year. Training shoes are the best footwear. A jumpsuit, helmet, gloves and goggles will be provided. As well as a parachute!
The airfield is open to the public and there is a full-time canteen on site serving hot & cold snacks & drinks. Spectators are very welcome, but there are only limited facilities for babies and young children. The parachute landing area is approximately a quarter of a mile away and is off limits to members of the public. No dogs are allowed as the airfield is a working farm.
Alcohol and Drugs
The consumption of alcohol is prohibited prior to jumping and alcohol may not be consumed on the airfield until parachuting has finished for the day. Anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused their jump and will forfeit any monies paid.
The sport is governed by very strict rules and regulations laid down by the British Parachute Association (BPA). We reserve the right to refuse a solo jump to anyone who has not reached the required standard by the end of the training day. In these circumstances, the training element of the fee will be forfeited.
Accelerated Freefall Progression
Having completed an AFF training course and first jump (Level 1), it is possible to continue jumping to gain a licence after a minimum of 18 jumps. Progression jumps are as follows:
- Two jumps with two instructors demonstrating awareness and control from 12,000 feet (levels 2 and 3)
- Two jumps with one instructor demonstrating turns from 12,000 feet (levels 4 and 5)
- Two jumps with one instructor demonstrating back loops, tracking and turns from 12,000 feet (levels 6 and 7)
- One solo jump deploying your parachute within ten seconds of exit from 5,000 feet (level 8)
- Nine solo jumps consolidating your skills from 12,000 feet (consolidation jumps)
- One qualifying jump from 8,000 feet (consolidation jump)
Breakdown of Costs
Ground school £260
Levels 2 + 3 £120 each level
Level 4-7 £50 each level
Level 8 £5
Repeating level 1, 2 or 3 - £45
Repeating level 4, 5, 6, or 7 - £25
Full BPA membership (mandatory before 2nd jump) - £96.00
Altimeter (can be loaned for the first few jumps) - £120
The actual cost of training will depend on your ability. The progression system detailed above is the minimum. We cannot move you from one stage to the next until you have demonstrated the required skills. The average person qualifies in 21 jumps.
For details of costs of flight tickets please refer to our flight ticket only price list. These are purchased separately from the operators of the aircraft Headcorn Parachute Club.
Total Cost of Qualifying for a BPA ‘A’ Licence
Assuming you qualify in the minimum number of jumps, the total cost including flight tickets will be approximately £1875.