First Commercial Skydiving Center in the United States
Published: April 8, 2018
AFF - accelerated freefall - is the most popular way to learn to skydive in the US. Here at Jumptown, we take AFF seriously and students graduating from our AFF courses and camps go on to become awesome skydivers, to jump with their friends and even to compete nationally and internationally in our sport.
Before we get why you should try AFF skydiving, let's explore what it's all about...
AFF stands for accelerated freefall and is one of the most popular ways to learn to skydive here in the US and, in fact, around the world. That's because AFF is the only way to learn to skydive where you get to experience freefall from your very first jump - pretty awesome, right?
If you're hungry for the rush of freefall and want to control your own parachute from the start, AFF is for you! The AFF method of learning to skydive is based on a series of levels, each helping you to advance your skills and become a more independent skydiver along the way.
Your first set of jumps will be accompanied by two instructors and later by one. Your instructors will coach you in the sky using hand signals as well as debriefing and rebriefing you before and after every jump. It's a great way to learn, especially if you're excited to gain your qualification and want to see quick progression!
Book your AFF skydiving course here, or read on for our top 5 reasons to try AFF:
One of the main reasons people try AFF is for the sense of achievement.
It's fair to say that jumping from an airplane is a pretty big deal. Whether you're scared of heights or not, the idea of throwing yourself from a perfectly good aircraft is daunting!
That's why so many people who try AFF skydiving get a huge sense of achievement from it. You'll be incredibly proud not just of your ability to jump by yourself, but the lessons you'll learn along the way will show you, you have what it takes to be in control of your body as you fall, of your parachute as you fly and of your decisions and actions as you travel at 120mph through the air!
If you could have a superpower, what superpower would you choose?
One of the most common answers to that question? The ability to fly.
And what does skydiving give us? The ability to fly.
Essentially, AFF gives you access to a 'superpower' that most people would love to have! Now, who doesn't want that?
Something many people don't realize about skydiving is that we actually have a huge amount of control over our bodies when we jump. So we can move around the sky by changing our body position - it's about as close to actual human flight as you can get!
Have you ever got home from the office and found that the stresses of the day are still weighing on your mind?
Do you find yourself waking up in the night with thoughts filling your head about what you've got to do or just general worries?
It's perfectly normal to feel stressed out, especially in today's modern world where everything is so fast-paced.
But ask any skydiver if they've ever thought about their worries while falling at 120mph through the sky and we'll bet you, the answer's no! Any concerns you have, any to-do lists or thoughts about things happening in your day to day will evaporate as soon as you leave the ground. And that's what makes it so liberating and relaxing.
Like any sport, skydiving is one where you can progress and continue to learn if you want to.
AFF is the first step to a journey of self-improvement. Once you've tried AFF, you'll see how much you can potentially learn about flying your body, jumping with friends, competing in skydiving... there are so many options for you to become an awesome skydiver and have a whole lot of fun along the way!
The skydiving community is huge. It spans not just the US, but the world, with people across the globe all sharing a love of this incredible sport.
By trying AFF, you'll gain access to that community and meet some amazing new friends along the way.
The thing about skydivers is that we're all similar in a few key ways. Firstly, we love our sport, and we're super passionate about it. Secondly, we're all striving to do something extraordinary - we're not satisfied with 'normal' hobbies and instead choose to do something that gives us, quite literally, a whole new perspective on the world. Thirdly, we're all just good fun! We spend time together while we jump and then stick around the drop zone to share beers and stories of the day. It's a great group to be part of and we're sure you'll love it too.
Also, Check Out our AFF Camps where you can learn to skydive in 4 days!