In the USA, Skydiving Licenses are issued by the United States Parachute Association (USPA). For those who want to experience the thrill of skydiving on a regular basis, Skydive San Marcos offers structured training based on the USPA Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Program.
The Skydive San Marcos AFF program consists of 14 progressive AFF skydives (AFF Level 1 to 14). On each jump the student is accompanied by a minimum of one USPA Instructor or Coach (AFF Level 1-3 skydives require 2 Instructors per student). Prior to each skydive, the student is thoroughly briefed with respect to exit, freefall manoeuvers, canopy control and landing. Each jump is also followed by a thorough debrief.
Program entry begins with Ground School Training (approx. 6 hours duration) followed by the AFF - L1 (Level 1) skydive. The Ground School Training prepares the student for the AFF - L1 skydive, during which the student is accompanied by two (2) USPA AFF Instructors. Levels L2 and L3 are also carried out with 2 instructors.
During the AFF - L4 to L7 skydives, the student is accompanied by one (1) USPA AFF Instructor and works progressively to obtain the necessary freefall and canopy piloting skills required to graduate to the Coaching Program (AFF - L8 to L14).
Skydive San Marcos run a Ground School Training course on every alternate Friday and Saturday - please see the Events and News page for course dates. Space is limited to 6 students per class so you MUST pre-book a place on the course. The price is $70.00 (due in full when booking and is NON refundable).
While Skydive San Marcos welcomes prospective AFF students who have never skydived before, we highly recommend an Orientation Tandem Skydive be performed prior to entry to the AFF program.
AFF Jump Prices:
Groundschool $70 (Paid at time of Booking)
AFF Level 1 to 3 Skydive (ea.) $235
AFF Level 4 to 7 Skydive (ea.) $170
AFF Level 1 to 7 Package $1,350 (save $105 on regular prices).
Note: Prices include a personal pair of Goggles (provided on AFF L-1), a Professional Skydiver Logbook (provided on AFF L-2) and a copy of the USPA Skydiver Information Manual (provided on AFF L-3) - Total value $60 - plus rental of all the gear you need to make the jump.
AFF Level 8 to 13 Skydive (ea.) $120
AFF Level 14 Skydive (ea.) - Hop & Pop 5000ft $80
AFF Full Coarse Package (Level 1 to 14) $2,100 (save $155 on regular prices).
Upon graduation from AFF - L7 students are cleared to jump with a USPA Coach but must complete a further seven coached skydives (AFF Level 8 - 14) to complete the USPA AFF Training Program prior to jumping solo.
A minimum of 25 jumps must be logged and a USPA proficiency card completed to obtain a USPA 'A' License.
Note: progression from one level to the next is dependent upon certain pre-requisites being met during the skydive. Some people may require additional training at additional cost to graduate the course.
Purchased AFF packages are NON refundable, so don't buy a package unless you intend completing the course !
Call 512 488 2214 for further details
(see News & Events Page for Ground School Dates)
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