For the safety of all of student jumpers, at least one tandem jump is REQUIRED before progressing to AFF or IAD programs.
In an Accelerated Freefall (AFF) skydive you exit the plane with two AFF rated instructors who ensure your stability and that you deploy your main parachute at the proper altitude. You then fly your own parachute safely to the ground with radio assistance from another instructor. An AFF first jump requires about 4 hours of ground school to learn proper safety procedures and how to fly the parachute. The cost of an AFF first jump is $325. You may capture the experience on digital video and stills for an additional $85.
An AFF jump is for the true thrill seekers. This is how the military trains its troops for freefall. You get the excitement of freefall and the pride of flying your own parachute.
The AFF progression toward a skydiving license consists of 7 jumps, each of which have a series of tasks that must be completed in order to progress on the the next level. AFF is the fastest way to learn to fly your body in freefall. The first 3 jumps are with two instructors, and the last 4 jumps are with one instructor.