Accelerated Freefall is one of two 'learn to skydive' UK skydiving courses and is the quickest route to becoming a qualified skydiver. Also known as AFF, it's Intensive, fast-paced and you can experience freefall on your very first jump.
After one full day of ground-training you will have learnt all the skills needed to make your first skydive from 15,000ft, accompanied by, but not attached to, two expert instructors. You will then open and, fly land your own parachute. We offer the AFF level 1 course as a unique introduction to the world of parachuting and skydiving which allows you to try it out first. If you fancy something a little more challenging than a Tandem Parachute Jump, its great as a one-off freefall experience.
The full 8-level Accelerated Freefall course is the best way to learn to skydive and attain your licence as a qualified parachutist allowing you to jump at skydiving centres across the world.
- Jump solo on your very first sky dive from 15,000ft.
- Open, fly and land your own parachute.
- Be cleared for unsupervised freefall in as few as 7 jumps.
- Work towards obtaining your skydiving licence.
Skydive Hibaldstow also offers another method of learning to skydive called Static Line Parachuting.
New for 2016
Midweek Tandem & AFF Level 1 Beginners package
If you have never jumped before then, although it is not a pre-requisite, you may prefer to start with a tandem skydive. It’s the ideal way to orientate yourself from the air and have a better appreciation of the landing pattern and procedures. We also find that AFF students who have already completed a tandem parachute jump are more focused in the classroom and are looking forward to their second freefall.
This tandem jump will take place in the morning on Day 2, so you can go through some of what you have learnt whilst still harnessed to a professional BPA instructor, and then move straight on to your AFF Level 1 skydive.
Some students may prefer to book their tandem jump in the weeks leading up to their course date.
You can save £50 by booking your midweek tandem and AFF L1 together with this package. Or if you would prefer to start just with a tandem jump, then we offer a £50 discount if you book your AFF course within 6 months of your tandem jump.
However you are still welcome to book the AFF Level 1 on it's own.
What does AFF Level 1 involve?
Before you can jump you will complete an intensive day of ground training with one of our British Parachute Association (BPA) qualified AFF Instructors. The jump will take place the following day making this a 2-day course.
Our UK AFF skydive training consists of:
- Arrive 8.30am for registration.
- 9am Your course starts with a Dropzone orientation.
During the day you will learn:
- How your parachute equipment works and how check and fit it.
- How to board and exit the aircraft.
- How to maintain the correct body position, monitor your altitude and deploy your parachute.
- How to recognise the airfield and land your parachute.
- How to deal with any unforseen situations or emergencies.
- There will be a break for lunch around 1pm.
- The course will finish between 5 and 7pm with a written test.
- If you have booked our beginners package then your tandem jump will take place at a suitable point during the day.
- 8.30am refresher training with your instructor.
- Get kitted up and enjoy the 15 minute ride up to maximum altitude.
- Exit the jump aircraft with your two dedicated AFF instructors who each have thousands of jumps.
- Receive in-air coaching from your instructors who will be falling alongside you holding onto your harness.
- Experience about one minute of freefall at 120mph and deploy your own parachute.
- Fly and navigate your own parachute for around 5 minutes and then land back on the dropzone.
- Meet with your instructors to debrief the jump and collect your solo skydiving certificate.
The AFF ground training can be both mentally and physically tiring and it's best to start fresh in the morning. The ground training takes one full day with the Level 1 skydive the following day weather permitting We ask all students to commit to the initial 2-days Weds/Thurs (or Mon/Tues in Summer).
For safety reasons we require you to return and jump within one month of your training.
If you are doing your AFF L1 as a one-off experience you will still be required to commit the same level of effort into the training as if you were going to complete the full course.
If you do not live locally then we strongly recommend staying onsite or nearby rather than driving a long distance before your course starts.
Please note that skydiving is a weather dependant sport and certain conditions are required for first-time jumpers – this can mean your skydive is delayed or has to be rescheduled to an alternative date.
Find a List of local accommodation here. Skydive Hibaldstow has private and dormitory rooms available as well as free camping.
Full 8-Level Accelerated Freefall Course.
The full AFF course consists of 8 jumps or 'levels' after which a student can progress onto unsupervised free fall. After your first AFF Level 1 skydive, because you are building on what you have already learnt in the initial groundschool, the training for each of the new AFF levels takes less than an hour and so you can now make several jumps per day, weather permitting.
Once you have booked and competed your AFF Level 1 ground-training you can then arrange further jumps with your instructors – you can return as and when you have time available on weekends or during the week, or stay with us for a few days at a time if you prefer. We can be flexible to suit your needs.
AFF Level 1
AFF Level 3
AFF Level 7
AFF Level 1: All students start with the same one full day of ground-training.
See AFF First Jump Course for more information.
AFF Levels 2 and 3: Skydive again with your two instructors but they will be able to give you a bit more freedom and both should be able to release you on the Level 3 jump. You'll really be doing it on your own. You will need to show us that you can monitor your altitude, hold a good body position, control your orientation in the sky and deploy your own parachute before moving onto the next levels.
AFF Levels 4 and 5: Now that you've shown us you've learnt the basics you only need one instructor with you. On these jumps you'll practice controlling your 'heading' or direction, starting and stopping turns, progressing onto 360 degree turns on Level 5.
AFF Level 6: For the first time, you will be jumping out of the plane without an instructor holding onto you. Level 6 gives you the chance to demonstrate you can regain stability by performing a back loop with recovery and then practice tracking, an important skill that allows you to move forwards which is essential once you start jumping with other people.
If all goes to plan your instructor won't need do hold onto you at all on this jump, but they will be right there just in case you need a hand.
AFF Level 7: Now you've learnt all these new skills you'll be asked to show us them in a sequence. Once your are proficient in these areas and your instructors are satisfied with your performance, you can be cleared to jump without an instructor with you in free fall.
AFF Level 8: A solo skydive from 5000ft with just a short delay before opening your parachute completes your training. This skydive is to simulate an unplanned low altitude exit.
What Happens Next
Unsupervised free fall: A minimum of 10 'Consolidation' jumps without an instructor must be made before you can become a licensed skydiver. Your instructors will still be working closely with you giving you new things to try in free fall and you'll receive further canopy control training helping you achieve your canopy handling grade one certificate (CH1).
Provided you refresh your ground training at least every month and jump every two months, there are no additional costs for this. Please be aware that you have to pass each level before continuing onto the next skydive. Sometimes it is necessary to repeat a jump and these re-jumps are at an additional cost.
How Can I complete the AFF course
Because the training for each new AFF Level takes around an hour, once you have completed the first jump course (Level 1), all your training is then one-on-one with your instructor on a per jump basis.
- You can return to the dropzone as and when you have time available or the weather looks good whenever we are open. Give us a call to let us know your plans so we can add you to the diary. Skydive Hibaldstow is open 7 days a week in the summer and closes on Mondays/Tuesdays in the winter season.
- Stay with us for a few days - Accommodation is available onsite.
- As skydiving is a weather dependant sport it is unlikely you will be able to complete the entire course in one week for example. Students are more than welcome to stay with us however it is common for the course to be spread over a few weeks or months depending on the time of year, weather and your availability.
- Skydive Hibaldstow limits the number of students we train to increase the number of levels a student can complete per day and ensure we have multi-rated staff enabling them to jump as much as possible.
AFF Skydiving Holidays abroad
Why not combine learning to skydive with a holiday in southern Spain or Portugal? Plan a trip to either of our European dropzones and enjoy some winter sun. They offer the same great service, high altitudes, fast aircraft and English speaking staff and AFF instructors.
Skydiving in Spain - Seville
Offer one week residential skydiving holidays including the full 8-Level AFF course, ten consol jumps, accommodation and airport transfers in the price. So all you need to do is book your flights and get to the airport on time. Click here to find out more - One week skydiving holidays at Skydive Spain.
Skydive Algarve - Alvor, Portugal
Learn to skydive over the stunning Algarve coast – it’s an ideal location to relax and even take the family.The Skydive Algarve office can assist with accommodation and car hire reservations to suit your requirements. Click here for more details on the AFF Course in Portugal.
What is the difference between AFF & Static-Line?
Accelerated Freefall is the only sky diving course that allows students to freefall wearing their own equipment on the first jump, as opposed to Static-Line where the parachute is opened automatically upon exiting the airplane.
AFF students jump from 15,000ft and carry out a series of drills during one minute of freefall before opening their own parachute, whereas static line parachute jumps start from 4000ft.
Both training courses entail one full day of teaching in the classroom. AFF courses are limited to 4 students per BPA qualified instructor, however Static Line can be taught in groups of up to 12 students.
As Accelerated Freefall is designed to be completed in as short a space of time as possible it does require a greater initial capital outlay, unlike static-line which can be paid for on a per jump basis but is a much slower way to learn to skydive. Overall the costs will not be dissimilar.
Both courses can lead to an internationally recognised qualification as an A-licence skydiver.
When can I start?
AFF First Jump Courses take place weekly all year round. Training is suitable for both Full 8-Level course students and those wishing to start with a Level 1 only.
For 2016 training will take place on the following days:
- January - May : Wednesdays
- June/July/August : Mondays until 15th August
- 24th August - November : Wednesdays
Please note all students are required to commit to the initial two day course which can be either a Wednesday / Thursday or Monday / Tuesday.
Skydive Hibaldstow Upcoming Places Available (correct 19/01/2016)
- Wednesday 20th January 2016
- Wednesday 3rd February
- Wednesday 17th February
- Wednesday 2nd March
- Wednesday 9th March
- Wednesday 16th March
- Wednesday 23rd March
- Wednesday 30th March
- Looking for later dates? Just call or email us for availability
Looking to learn to skydive during the winter months?
An AFF skydiving holiday in Spain or Portugal might be the best option – then you can return to the UK ready to enjoy the UK summer season as a qualified skydiver. Click here for more information on our winter sun holidays at Skydive Spain and Skydive Algarve.
Airfield Opening 2015/16
|October - March||Closed on Monday and Tuesday|
|September, April and May||Closed on Tuesday|
|June, July and August||Open 7 days a week|
|Bank Holidays||We are open as usual|
|Christmas||Closed 14th December 2015|
|New Year||Re-opening Saturday 9th January 2016|
|Weekends||8:00am - dusk|
|Mid-week||8:45am - dusk|
AFF groundtraining runs all year round but please bear in mind that skydiving is a weather dependant sport.
Skydive Hibaldstow is host to the British National Skydiving Championships annually and therefore there is no student jumping at all over the first 4-way FS Competition 20th - 23rd August 2016 three-day weekend and limited the following three day weekend 27th-29th August 2016. The dropzone will also be closed on both Tuesday 23rd and Tuesday 30th August 2016.
There are some restrictions for solo skydiving, these are outlined below:
|Min Age||Max Age||BPA Fitness form signed by doctor||Max Weight||Body Mass Index|
|UK Accelerated Freefall||16 with parental consent||49||Age 40 to 49 (or with medical conditions at any age)||15st / 95Kg||Must be within height:weight ratio|
The maximum acceptable weight for solo skydiving (both AFF and Static Line Students is 15 stone / 95kg fully clothed.
As well as being under this overall weight limit -
All students must be within their recommended Body Mass Index (height:weight ratio)
Check your own height on the chart here to see the maximum acceptable weight.
A reasonable level of fitness is also required.
Exceptions can sometimes be made for those with a good level of fitness with a high BMI due to muscle mass, however assessments are made on an individual basis at the Chief Centre Instructors discretion.
- Overall age range 16 - 49.
- Age 16 – 17: The minimum age for solo skydiving is 16 years. A parental/guardian signature of consent is required on three forms (the centre membership form, the BPA solo student declaration of fitness form 114a and the BPA membership agreement) which will be provided upon booking.
- Age 16 – 39: Will be required to sign a BPA Solo Student Declaration of fitness form 114-A. Those unable to sign the form due to medical conditions or injuries must bring a copy signed and stamped by their doctor instead.
- Age 40 - 49: The maximum age we accept for solo skydiving courses is 49. Those aged 40+ must bring a fully completed BPA Solo Student Declaration of fitness form 114-A signed and stamped by their doctor along on the day of training.
Medical conditions and notes
Please bear in mind that the full day of ground training does require students to be able to concentrate in a classroom environment for long periods of time as well as understand and apply basic principles. The written test section of the groundschool is designed to highlight any elements that a student may not have fully understood so that the instructor can re-visit those areas. If you suffer from learning disabilities then please contact us in advance.
We regret that certain medical conditions may prevent you from taking part in a skydive. These include - epilepsy, some cardiovascular and neurological conditions, some forms of diabetes and recurring injuries such as disclocations. A full list with notes can be found on the back of the medical form. You can also contact the parachute centre on 01652 648837 if you have any questions.
You can download a copy of the BPA Solo Student Declaration of Fitness form 114-A. Kindly note that we cannot accept letters or notes from doctors – this particular form must be used.
Skydive Hibaldstow is a British Parachute Association affiliated dropzone and we demand the highest standards from our instructors and staff. Our primary concern is for your safety and we reserve the right to refuse training to anyone we suspect may be unsuitable.
All students weights and heights are checked on arrival.
Please also note that all solo training is assessed and only students who pass both the theory and practical elements of the ground training will be permitted to make a solo skydive.
Accelerated Freefall Course Prices 2016
|AFF Level 1 First Jump Course 2 days includes 1 day ground training, Level 1 skydive, P6 BPA membership. All equipment needed for your jump. Video de-brief. First jump certificate.|
|AFF Level 1
Deposit: £75 per person
This is deducted from the total price leaving the balance payable on arrival.
Gift vouchers are available for payment in full
|AFF L1 (2 students)||£350 per person|
|AFF L1 (3 students)||£325 per person|
|AFF L1 (4+ students)||£300 per person|
|AFF Level 1 + DVD||£465 per person||Deposit £95 per person|
AFF beginners package : Midweek Tandem + AFF L1
Day 1 : Full Day of AFF ground-training
|AFF beginners package Midweek Tandem + AFF Level 1||£525 per person||Deposit £75 per person|
What is not included in any of our AFF course prices:
- Personal accident insurance
- External video & photos (unless stated)
- Repeat jumps
AFF Full 8 Level course pay per level
|1st Attempt||Repeat Level|
|AFF Level 1||£375||£210|
|AFF Level 2||£235||£170|
|AFF Level 3||£235||£170|
|AFF Level 4||£170||£110|
|AFF Level 5||£170||£110|
|AFF Level 6||£170||£110|
|AFF Level 7||£170||£110|
|AFF Level 8||£85||£68|
|Consolidation jump x 1||£35|
|Consolidation jump x 10||£330|
AFF Full Course
|AFF Full course
AFF Levels 1 – 8 (one attempt per level) , all ground training & instruction, 1 months BPA membership. Your own gloves, goggles & logbook to keep.
Not included – repeat levels, conversion to full BPA membership, accommodation, meals
This is a discounted pre-paid package price and non-refundable.
|AFF Full 8 Levels||Price per person|
|AFF Full - 1 student||£1450||Deposit: £300 per person
This is deducted from the total price leaving the balance payable on arrival at the airfield before the training starts.
|AFF Full - 2 students||£1400|
|AFF Full - 3 students||£1350|
|AFF Full - 4 students||£13|