Learn to Skydive

This is the beginning of your skydiving career!

AFF is a course of study for obtaining a USPA A license. Unlike tandem skydiving, where you are attached to the instructor, you will have your own parachute, altimeter, goggles, and jumpsuit when you exit the aircraft. In the early stages of the progression you will be accompanied by two instructors who will assist you in meeting your goals while working to keep you safe. Despite having the instructors present it is still your responsibility to be aware of your surroundings and to pilot your parachute safely to the ground.

Tandem or AFF (Accelerated Free-Fall)?

Currently we offer only Tandem and A.F.F. instructional methods; both are fully endorsed by the USPA and both have their benefits. The tandem instructional method merges with A.F.F. and the differences between the programs is really in how you get started on those first few jumps. If you would feel more comfortable having the instructor do the flying your first time so you can see how you will react or if you are looking for that onetime thrill-ride without the headache of a ground school and other requirements check-out the Tandem Skydive page for more details and to book your first tandem. However, if you would like to make your first skydive not attached to anyone or you have done a tandem and are ready to start the course then keep reading.

The AFF program at a glance

Below is a breakdown of each phase of the AFF program with basic information, pricing, and links to more information. All categories and classes include all the necessary: ground prep and courses; quizzes and briefs; and study material. NOTE:The USPA requires a minimum of 25 jumps to acquire an A license and the AFF course is just an outline. Each category has a required number of jumps to advance but these numbers reflect first-time passes of every jump. If you fail a jump or have to repeat one it may mean that you will have more than 25 jumps when you get your license. If you need to repeat any jump the cost is the same as for the jumps in the category you repeat.

The cost

If you make every jump as outlined below and have to repeat no category you are looking at a total cost of about $3,500.00 (price is subject to change based upon your progression). Please take the time to read through these and of you have any questions please contact-us.

Ground Course
$75

Pricing: per person

Features: 4 hour course

Prerequisites: None

Requirements: Written Test and Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Learn the basics needed to make your first solo skydive safely.

Included: First-jump packet and SLW account

Category A
$260

Pricing: per jump

Features: 2 instructors, 1 jump

Prerequisites: Jump Course

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Acclimation, altitude awareness, body position, and canopy control

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Category B
$260

Pricing: per jump

Features: 2 instructors, 1 jump

Prerequisites: Category A

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Altitude awareness, body position, turns, canopy control

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Category C
$260/$170

Pricing: per jump

Features: 2 instructors, 2 jumps

Prerequisites: Category B

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Altitude awareness, released flight, instability, and canopy control

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Category D
$170

Pricing: per jump

Features: 1 instructor, 2 jumps

Prerequisites: Category C

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Solo turns, forward movement, no-assist canopy flight

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Category E
$170

Pricing: per jump

Features: 1 instructor, 2 jumps

Prerequisites:Category D

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Barrel rolls, back loops, canopy stalls, no-assist landing

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Category F
$110

Pricing: per jump

Features:USPA coach, 4 jumps

Prerequisites: Category E

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Break-off and tracking, riser canopy flight, no-assist landing

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Category G
$110

Pricing: per jump

Features: USPA coach, 4 jumps

Prerequisites: Category F

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Group free-fall skills, fall-rate control, riser canopy flight

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Category H
$110

Pricing: per jump

Features: USPA coach, 4 jumps

Prerequisites: Category G

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Group free-fall skills, group docking, declared target landing

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Solo Jumps
$90

Pricing: per jump

Features: SOLO skydives, 2 jumps

Prerequisites: Category H

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Practice all skills, build jump numbers

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Clear and Pulls
$80

Pricing: per jump

Features: SOLO skydives, 2 jumps

Prerequisites: Category H

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Practice exiting the aircraft and low altitudes

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Check Dive
$170

Pricing: per jump

Features: 1 instructor, 1 jump

Prerequisites: 24 jumps, skill proficiency

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Front flip, back flip, barrel roll,360 turn

Included: Briefing, equipment, and training video

Packing Course
$40

Pricing: per course

Features: FAA rigger

Prerequisites: None

Requirements: Instructor sign-off

Objectives: Identify worn components and pack 5 parachutes correctly

Included: Briefing, equipment, and all materials

Testimonials

Don't come here! You'll never want to leave! The staff are competent, knowledgeable, and perceptive in regard to their visitors. They have cultivated an environment where safety and compliance are priority one. Whatever your interest, whether it be a tandem ride, the AFF program, or fun jumping, SLW can more than accommodate you.
--Keias

These guys were totally amazing. I'm not gonna lie, I was super nervous, but these guys kept the situation light and I had the experience of a lifetime. I will definitely be returning. This was an early anniversary gift for me and Susan Johns! If you decide you want to try skydiving or have any questions, Skydive Little Washington is the place to go. John and Jeff were very knowledgeable and true professionals. See you guys soon!!
-- James

Absolutely- freaking AMAZING! I had the best time ever here! The people are amazing all around. Could not have asked for a better time. Can NOT wait to come back!!!!
-- Susan

The people are all great and a joy to be around, they will educate you on the questions you may have and the setting itself is spectacular. They will make sure you have the best experience possible. I hung around all day waiting for my chance to jump and it looked like the opportunity wasn't going to come but at the last minute the skies cleared and it was the perfect setting for the perfect jump. John is an excellent instructor! I jumped with a beautiful sunset view over Washington. I can't wait to get more jumps in towards my A license! If you are on the verge of doing it, go ahead and make it a yes and take a leap of faith! This is the place you want to start your skydiving adventures.
-- Juan

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