At Skydive West Coast, we pride ourselves in the personal one-on-one care of our AFF Students.
What is an AFF Student?
When skydiving first started, being a student meant you jumped from the plane with a static line from 2,200ft. The static line was attached to the aircraft and opened the parachute for you on exit and “Static Line Students” built up their freefall time one jump at a time under the watchful eye of their instructor. The instructor stayed in the aircraft and watched from the open doorway.
With each jump the student was able to go a little higher. They were able to open their own parachute shortly after leaving the plane. Eventually the student did enough jumps that they were able to jump from 12,000ft and experience almost a minute in freefall. Then they were allowed to jump with others.
As the sport advanced, so did the instructional programs. The standard training program now is commonly referred to as “AFF” Accelerated Free Fall.
As an AFF student, your first skydive is from 12,500ft. Your highly trained instructors hold on to you and guide you through a series of maneuvers. These maneuvers include opening your own parachute at a pre-decided altitude.
In a program of 8 jumps you learn skills that took maybe 30 – 40 jumps to learn in the past.
We pride ourselves in offering the latest, state of the art training. Utilization of the “wind tunnel” (indoor freefall Simulator) means that we can teach you basic body flight before we ever put you into freefall.
Our school is so advanced, we could have you in free-fall with just one instructor and making solo turns on your first jump, if your skills allow.
Our highly experienced AFF staff have thousands of AFF skydives, proven techniques for success. Many of our students have gone on to compete in the sport. Some have gone on to be teachers themselves.
The owners have a combined teaching time of over 58 years. They have thousands of student jumps and hours upon hours of tunnel time. Robbie and Tanya are very involved in the teaching, jumping and day to day running of the drop-zone operations.
Our passion for our sport shines through in our teaching methods which are tailored to each individual student’s needs. Our aim is to instill confidence through knowledge and skills, while putting your safety above all else.