WHY NOT TANDEM SKYDIVE?
Our skydiving school is dedicated to training, not to giving "rides."
On a tandem jump, you are not skydiving -- you are a passenger. Tandem jumping provides relatively little training value; it's more like an amusement-park attraction.
When you complete a first jump course at our dropzone, whether it's solo or AFF, you know that YOU made your own skydive!
Solo training provides a "low-pressure/low-stress/low-cost" introduction to skydiving with all the benefits of a superior learning experience.
In an AFF first jump course (Accelerated freefall training), two jumpmasters hold onto the student during a high-altitude freefall until he or she pulls the ripcord.
At the flight school, you have the option of starting out with a series of solo jumps and then beginning your AFF progression or going straight to AFF. It all depends on your goals, expectations, budget and time available.
By Joy Atkinson (Summer Intern)
Great news for all you thrill seekers out there, there is an answer to your hunger. Freeflight skydiving is the answer for your adrenaline rush to make you the envy of all your friends. Talk about extreme sports, the only thing stopping your from plummeting into the surface of the Earth is a harness containing a parachute. Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime? Whether it's your first time or your fiftieth time, freeflight skydiving can fit your needs and desires. Freeflight skydiving is located in Coleman, FL about 45 minutes west of Orlando, FL. It's an easy drive out there.
Don't let the laid back appearance of the Freeflight school lead you astray. These jumpmasters are serious about skydiving. A 4-hour class taught me how to skydiving solo! That's right, I jumped out of the plane myself because they taught me how to skydive. This class required my undivided attention. They tested my comprehension of the important aspects of skydiving, knowing what to expect, and do. Upon completion of the class, I sounded like a skydiver and was on the road to thinking like one.
Not only is classroom knowledge tested, but also they walked me through simulations. These simulations prepare me to jump. It makes the circumstances become more real, because I am responsible in landing. While things are often repeated over and over again, it's because repetition is the key to remembering. I needed to remember to prevent me from getting hurt.
Finally, the plane ride up. It's a small plane. But, when the door opens, the world looks a lot different. My jumpmaster asked me all the questions we had practiced before flying. Before I knew it, I was letting go of the airplane and arching back. Seconds later my parachute opens and I practice the instructions I had so many times before on Earth. After my initial shock, I viewed the world around me, found where I was supposed to land, and went to my holding area, my safe place until landing. It was an extreme rush.
I controlled my own parachute. I had radio direction, but I was ultimately in charge. I did not land as well as I could have because of my error, but nothing horrible because of all my training. They even instructed me on what I did wrong. In case I was to skydive again. Impressive, I could make the out of this world experience better!
Needless to say, it was an adrenaline rush. It took a lot out of me. I would not be able to operate heavy machinery afterwards, and that's all right with me. Word to the wise; do not get discouraged. Freeflight skydiving wants in insure your safety. Therefore, weather conditions can cancel skydiving. The number one objective in skydiving is to land safely. However, the quote that is so famous of skydivers, so I'm told is; "We would rather be down here wishing we were up there, then up there wishing we were down there." I can now understand why one would wish to be up in the clouds.
|Solo first jump course everything included
|Solo jumps 2-5, per jump||$69|
|Video/still photos of solo jump, per person||$49|
|AFF jumps, per level (there are seven levels to graduate)||$160|
|Graduation package: 12 jumps
all five solo jumps and seven AFF jumps -- a $1,545 value
average cost: $108 per jump
All training includes our undivided attention to your safe training with one-on-one personalized instruction, your skydive supervised and assisted by your instructor, and your First Jump Certificate.
The graduation package also includes: logbook, graduation certificate, parachute packing lessons and free accommodations in our clubhouse. Every other school charges extra for this -- we don't! You will receive the best training available and your instructor's time as required until you are completely and properly trained. We are not a student "factory" like most drop zones, but a private school dedicated to primary skydiving instruction (zero to 20 jumps) -- you are our main concern!
The flight school is also a pioneer in skydiving training using vertical wind tunnels (VWTs, or skydiving simulators) since 1988. AFF students will also be trained using this advanced equipment and techniques -- ask us for more details!
By Marie Ospina
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