Learn to Skydive

Become A Certified Skydiver

Comprehensive Accelerated Freefall Course

Interested in becoming a licensed skydiver? Learn to skydive in SC with Skydive Carolina. We offer the most comprehensive skydive training in the United States with our AFP – Accelerated Freefall Progression program. All jumps are video recorded and are used during video debriefs after the skydive for immediate feedback and learning.

What is AFP?

Accelerated Freefall Progression (AFP) is a comprehensive, 16 jump program designed to train an individual with a strong foundation to become a solo, certified skydiver by building strong freefall and canopy skills. Upon completion of the AFP program, students will need to make 9 solo jumps and learn to pack in order to attain an A skydiving license.

aff student standing with two instructors
aff student deploys parachute learning to skydive

What is involved with each level?

  • AFP Level 1 – Introduction to free fall. – First Jump Course (6 hr ground school) followed by a skydive
  • AFP – Level 2 – Forward movement and team turns
  • AFP – Level 3 – Release dive – straight down flight
  • AFP – Level 4 – Upper body turns – 90 Degree
  • AFP – Level 5 – Upper body turns – 180° & 360°
  • AFP – Level 6 – Diving exit, back loops and flat tracking
  • AFP – Level 7 – Floater exit, front loops and flat tracking
  • AFP – Level 8 – 180° mirrored knee turns
  • AFP – Level 9 – 360° two point turns
  • AFP – Level 10 – Fall rate exercise
  • AFP – Level 11 – Turns to “no reach” shoulder docks and track
  • AFP – Level 12 – Accordion arm docks and side body sequential
  • AFP – Level 13 – Dynamic exit, barrel rolls, orbit, track
  • AFP – Level 14 – 5 second delay
  • AFP – Level 15 – 5 second delay
  • AFP – Level 16 – Challenge dive / A – license check dive
  • Jumps 17-25 – Rate includes lift ticket and rental gear. Price is per jump.

What is an “A” Skydiving License?

An A skydiving license certifies that a skydiver can safely jump with other skydivers and visit other skydiving centers. Attaining an A license, requires a physical test (a graduation jump with an instructor), passing of a written test, a United States Parachute Association membership*, a minimum of 25 jumps (including your tandem skydive) and demonstrating the ability to pack a parachute.

aff student works towards earning skydiving license

How is AFP different from tandem or static line training?

Unlike a tandem skydive, your first jump will have you at the controls flying your very own parachute! On your first skydive, two instructors will jump alongside you giving you feedback using hand signals throughout the skydive. At the end of the freefall, you will deploy your own parachute and our ground crew will then talk you down via wireless radio giving you instructions based on the flight plan introduced during the first jump course. Click the button below to see an example of what jump number one looks like!

Watch Category A (AFF) Jump

What are the Costs To Learn To Skydive?

Please reference our skydiving prices page for detailed pricing information for each level of our Accelerated Freefall Course and available packages. If on a budget, please note that at least one skydive must be completed every 30 days. Becoming uncurrent will require the last successfully completed skydive to be repeated, even if the reason for the extended gap in skydiving was due to inclement weather.

*Temporary USPA membership is included in the cost of the First Jump Course. Temporary membership is valid for 90 days. If the student graduates within 90 days, the cost of a USPA membership valid for one year will be covered by Skydive Carolina.

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I am in the process of getting my AFP here. I loved every minute of my first jump. All the staff was very helpful and willing to work with me to suit my needs. Great place to jump for first timers as well.

Alanna G – November 22, 2017


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