Rating Certification Course
AFF INSTRUCTOR

The AFFI or freefall instructor course is the most advanced skydiving instructor rating. The AFFI course teaches instructors how to control and coach students through exits, freefall control and tasks, spacial and altitude awareness, and of course: assisting pull and deployment at the appropriate time. The AFF instructor can be looked upon as a “two mile static line,” with the primary goal of having the student deployed on time.

Since the inception of “harness hold” training (allowing students an extended time to adjust to freefall and perform the required tasks) skydiving instruction was transformed. Today the techniques, equipment and inclusion of coaching have made this the best way to train new skydivers; however, this “dispatching” method does require that the instructor have a solid ability in their own freefall skills and awareness in order to become an AFF Instructor.

Prerequisites:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • USPA membership
  • Hold a USPA coach or instructor rating from another dispatching discipline (IAD, S.L or USPA tandem)
  • USPA C-license
  • Accumulate a total of 6 hours of freefall time
  • Hold a USPA coach rating for a year or have a total of 500 jumps
  • Complete required USPA AFF proficiency card requirements
  • Use a current (within past 2 years) SIM and IRM

The USPA AFF Proficiency Card

The AFFI proficiency card is in the back of the IRM or can be downloaded from USPA’s website. This card needs to be signed off in the required areas. If you are already an instructor you can skip the topics that are marked with an asterisk (*). The first thing you should do if you consider taking the course is look at the proficiency card to see what needs to be done prior to the course. The signatures will be valid for 12 months. Some topics will get signed during the course by the course examiner. This is all marked on the card itself and is self-explanatory. 

Course Schedule:

Contact SDU for more information.

AFF INSTRUCTORS COURSE

DAY 1 8:00AM Introduction
History of Harness Hold/AFF
Equipment
Role of the Instructor: ISP, Category "A" task, Instructor Techniques
LUNCH Category "C" dive flow demonstration and briefing
Freefall training safety brief
Freefall training, 3 jumps (weather permitting)
Inverted exit demo, blocking demo
Daily recap
Evening work: answer questionnaire on Category "A"
DAY 2 8:00AM Recap Category "A" task
Category "C" ground preparation demonstration and practice
Supervision role
Assign reading task: AFF emergencies, in IRM
LUNCH Category "D" dive flow demonstration and briefing
Flat spin demonstration and briefing, Inverted recovery demo and briefing
Freefall training, 3 jumps (weather permitting)
Freefall score sheet breifng
Daily recap
DAY 3 8:00AM Recap "AFF Emergencies" task
Category "D" ground preparation demonstration and practice
Assign reading task: AFF currency and renewal, Expired rating, in IRM
LUNCH Freefall training, 3 jumps (weather permitting)
Daily recap
DAY 4 8:00AM Recap "AFF currency and renewal, Expired rating" task
Canopy control coaching
Category "E" ground techniques and training demonstration
LUNCH Evaluations: freefall and ground preparation
Daily recap
DAY 5 8:00AM Evaluations: freefall and ground preparation
Daily recap
DAY 6   RAIN DAY
DAY 7   RAIN DAY

The instructor's clinic is 7 days (a 50 hour program). As a participant, you must attend the entire program in order to gain the maximum benefit.. The program scheduling includes two rain days, as this is a jumping intensive course.

Skill activities:

  • Slot flying and signals
  • Blocking
  • Release-redock-release
  • Inverted exit recovery
  • Spin catches
  • Freefall Inverted recovery
  • Supervision in the boarding and inflight phase
  • Fulfill your role during freefall
  • Monitor your novices canopy control to landing
  • Perform a positive debrief
  • Category E skill teaching

Five Levels of AFFI Training

1ST LEVEL OF RESPONSE: FLY YOUR SLOT  

MODULE  1 - SLOT FLYING and HANDSIGNALS

  • AFF exit
  • Slot flying until break-off altitude
  • Bottom sequence category C

MODULE 2 - HANDSIGNALS and PERPETUAL MOTION

  • AFF exit; 2 on 1
  • Slot flying and hand signals
  • Bottom sequence category C 
 
   
2ND LEVEL OF RESPONSE: BLOCK EXCESSIVE MOVEMENT  

MODULE 3 - BLOCKING and HAND SIGNALS

  • AFF  exit: 2 on 1
  • Movements in excess of 45°
  • Slot flying, blocking, hand signals
  • Bottom sequence category C
   
3RD LEVEL OF RESPONSE:  RELEASE – REDOCK – RELEASE  

MODULE 4 - CATEGORY D: SPIN STOP DRILLS

  • AFF exit:  2 on 1 or 1 on 1
  • Stop spins only
  • Bottom sequence category D

MODULE 5 - CATEGORY D: INVERTED RECOVERY DRILLS

  • AFF exit: 1 on1
  • Roll-overs only
  • Bottom sequence category D

MODULE 6 - CATEGORY D: EVALUATION SIMULATION

  • AFF exit – 1:1
  • Exit problem, spin, inverted recovery, pull problem
  • Bottom sequence category D

Course Evaluations

Written Evaluations

  • Pass the USPA General and AFFI exam with a pass mark of 80%. 

Pass three (3) evaluation jumps

You will have a total of four jumps and must pass three. The jumps have a number of criteria: You must score a minimum of 75% to pass (plus pass all mandatory criteria).

The following is a description of evaluation jumps:

Category “C” main and reserve side (two jumps)

The Category “C” evaluations are done from a minimum of 9,000 feet, and you must demonstrate the proper responses to both the main and reserve side exits. The jump will be comprised of a blend of any of the trained techniques and skills. The “student” wave and pull altitude is 6,000 feet with a hard deck of 4,000 feet. You must complete at least one of the Category “C”’s as a two-on-one with a partner on exit.

Category “D”

The Category “D” evaluations are one-on-one jumps done from a minimum of 9,000 feet. The jump will be comprised of a blend of any of the trained techniques and skills. The “student” wave and pull altitude is 5,500 feet with a hard deck of 4,000 feet.

Supervision Test

The supervision jump will be included on one or more of the above mentioned freefall evaluations. The supervision test is done with the “student” being played by a course evaluator. The instructor candidate will have to demonstrate:

  • Proper preparation for the jump
  • Supervision in the boarding and in-aircraft ride to altitude
  • Apply positive psychology and focus strategies during the ride up to altitude
  • Fulfill your role during freefall, as described above
  • Monitor your novice’s canopy control to landing
  • Perform a positive debrief: The debrief will be done on recall. A video can be taken on the jump (recommended) for debrief reference and more importantly, the evaluator’s debrief of the candidate.

Presentations  

Conduct presentations for Category “C” and Category “D” jump four.

Candidates will teach Category “C and Category “D” jump four from the SDU handout manual. The presentation will take approximately 45 minutes. The key issues are:

  • Test all required review content for the category.
  • Conduct the motor skill drills by the required repetition and holding times.
  • Immediately correct any student body position errors that may occur.
  • Teach all theoretical content correctly.

There are a number of other criteria scored in the presentation that are averaged in the total end score.

USPA IRM Requirements:

  • Sit through and assist on two complete First Jump Courses.

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