Find out more about learning how to skydive

Your way into skydiving

The most common and fastest way to learn skydiving is to attend an AFF course.
AFF stands for Accelerated Free Fall.

How does AFF training work?

AFF training was developed in the USA and is the most modern and fastest method of learning to skydive. It is divided into seven levels. These levels have specific learning objectives. One jump is planned per level; if the student does not achieve the learning objectives, the jump must be repeated.

After theoretical training with practical exercises (lasting approx. 1.5 days), the student jumps with two specially trained, highly experienced instructors (AFF instructors) from a height of around 4,000m on their first jump. The two instructors hold the student by the arms and thighs in the airplane and the three of them jump together.

In freefall, the student performs various tasks that have been practiced on the ground beforehand. The teacher gives the student hand signals to improve their posture. At the correct height, the student opens their main parachute themselves. Only when the student’s canopy opens do the instructors let go. Of course, the teachers have the opportunity to actively assist with the opening. When the parachute is open, the student is assisted by radio to ensure a safe landing in the intended landing area.

More tasks are added with each level. From the fourth level onwards, there is only one instructor. Once the seventh level has been successfully completed, the student may now jump out of an aircraft alone until they reach the number of jumps required for the license test.

Until the 23rd jump is reached, the student is in so-called “student status”. This means that they jump under the supervision of an instructor. During this time, the student also receives further training from their instructor. This is prescribed by the association with the so-called qualification certificates, e.g. instruction in formation jumping. In addition to the theoretical examination, the student then completes the practical examination with the 24th and 25th jump in front of an examination board.

Don’t worry, only skills that have already been performed during the training are required here. The student then receives the license, which is valid for life.

Training requirements

Minimum age 14 years
In the case of minors, the officially notarized declaration of consent of the legal representative
Certificate of fitness from a sports or family / sports doctor
Proof of participation in 1st aid course

Examination & license

Prerequisite: at least 23 freefall jumps
Theory: multiple choice test
Practice: 2 jumps from 1,200 and at least 3,000 meters
License valid indefinitely

It is not absolutely necessary to carry out a tandem parachute jump beforehand, but it is certainly helpful.

Depending on the training country and the regulations in force there, one or two details may differ slightly. This is explained on the basis of German regulations.

What equipment do I need?

All equipment for the duration of the course is normally provided by your drop zone.
If you do want your own equipment, such as goggles, gloves, helmet etc., just take a look at our Gear section.
Here you will also find more information about all the equipment and find manufacturers and dealers.

Where can I learn to skydive?

Most large and small drop zones offer courses.
You can either go to the facility best located for you, or you can take a course lasting several days during your vacation somewhere in the world.

The best thing to do is to have a look at Drop Zones here at Skydive Nation. Here you will find a large selection of drop zones that offer training.

Good luck and above all: Have fun! Blue Skies!