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     Those persons interested in getting involved should contact 2/C Derek Forand, for scheduling instruction.   The instructional process involves two phases of training: 

        Phase One   --   1-1/2 hours at Nimitz library, usually on Thurs. evenings at 1900 hrs.

        Phase Two   --   3 hours at the DZ on the morning of the intended AFF Level One (Category A) skydive.  There will be some procedure practice by the individual, on campus, between Phases One and Two, overseen by designated USNAPT Instruction Practice Supervisors.  This is usually done in groups of five or more, for which there is a special Midshipman discount.  You may qualify for a MO.

           Alternatively, you may directly contact the DZ for a one-day (all day) FJC course.  If done in groups of less than five, no discount applies.

You may also register for a group Midshipman trip to Skydive City, Zephyrhills, FL over spring break.  See Ken Levens for info.

     After Level One, there are additional levels Categories B - H, leading to an AFF graduation dive, where the skydiver demonstrates that she or he can perform safe skydiving without direct supervision.   The national organization (USPA) must be joined before Category D1, the first single Jumpmaster dive.  ...   The next steps involve performance requirements during progression to 25 skydives, after which the skydiver is eligible for the USPA A license, which is a skill level recognized at Drop Zones worldwide.

   See a Level One (Category A) skydive video (2-1/2 minutes) at VIDEO.   In order to form groups, a commitment of a $50 deposit is required.  This demonstrates sincerity of intent and allows the Club to establish group integrity; necessary for planning purposes.   All deposit forfeitures are inserted into the USNAST fund for use in competition training and travel.   





                                           AFF COURSE SYLLABUS

AFF FJC Class Schedule

Thanks for your inquiry! 
 It’s necessary to delineate between being ‘certified’ and becoming ‘independent of direct supervision’.  Completion of the 7 levels of AFF in our program asserts that you can make skydives at our facility without requiring direct supervision; which can be accomplished in 7 supervised skydives after ground school.   …  Certification is bestowed by the United States Parachute Association; the first level being the Basic Skydiver, or ‘A’ license, achievable by making a minimum of 25 freefall skydives and, of course, becoming a member of the organization.  We require membership in USPA before making the AFF Level 4 skydive.  The cost of membership is $65.00 for a year; including the Parachutist magazine subscription. The A license qualifies you to travel to other Drop Zones and be accepted for your level of qualification.
See or email 2/C Derek Forand,, for special Midshipman prices, and for reduction in price by groups.  The prices listed on the website ( for each AFF level skydive include equipment rental.  There are no additional charges unless you decide to purchase video.  The price for the graduation dive also includes equipment rental.  You can potentially achieve graduation in 8 skydives (including the graduation dive) after the ground school, the cost of which is included in the price for AFF Level 1 (USPA Category A)..  All jumps made in the AFF program count toward your A license, as well as any tandem skydives you make.
The time required to graduate and to become certified is just the accumulation of time and costs for each skydive you make, plus your USPA membership.  Typically (there are too many variables to define an ‘average’), you can combine your ground school and 1st jump into the same day.   After that, you can potentially make up to three jumps in a day, depending upon the frequency and time of arrival at the DZ.  Two jumps might be a reasonable objective on the 2nd day, with 3 per day after that.   Of course, this all depends entirely upon your schedule and availability of funds.  If you allow more than 30 days to lapse between skydives, you’re facing the possibility of review training, or possibly the repeat of a level, depending upon the history of your progress.  It’s not unreasonable to expect to complete the AFF program in a few weeks, and certification (A license) within two or three months.