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Our Accelerated Free Fall Program consists of seven skydives.  Our dedicated Instructors must be satisfied you are proficient at each level of competency before they allow you to advance to the next level.

LEVEL ONE - GROUND TRAINING AND YOUR INITIAL SKYDIVE

Before your first jump you receive about six hours of ground instruction in which you learn the skills you need to exit the plane, become stable during freefall, open your own parachute and land your canopy safely.

Emergency procedures are reviewed to ensure you can deal with any situation you may encounter in the air or during landing.

After you complete your ground training, you are assigned to two USPA-rated instructors who guide you through your first skydive.  The instructors remain with you during freefall, give you hand signals to correct body position, maintain awareness and make sure you open your parachute on time.

When you complete your skydive and meet the requirements of the First Level, you advance to the Second.

LEVEL TWO - LEG AWARENESS

Two skydive.Instructions for Level Two:  You receive 45 minutes to an hour of ground instruction.  Your instructor teaches you "leg awareness" so you know what your legs control during freefall:  forward drive and how you can use your legs to move aorund the sky.

Your Level Two Skydive:  Your two instructors give you hand signals to tell you how to move your legs and get into the positions they ask.  Once you meet the requirements for this level you can advance to Level Three.

You are expected to open your own canopy in a stable position at the proper altitude for a Level Two skydive.

LEVEL THREE - TEAM TURNS

Instructions for Level Three consists of 45 minutes of ground preparation in which your instructor reviews your original ground training and drills you on emergency procedures and simple safety practices.

You learn how to turn in the air by changing the positions of your arms, upper body and legs.

Your Level Three Skydive:  Two instructors jump with you and give you hand signals to turn in both directions, while they follow your movements.

You are expected to open your own canopy in a stable position at the proper altitude.

LEVEL FOUR - MAINTAIN YOUR HEADING

Instruction for Level Four:  Emergency procedures and safe practices are re-emphasized.  Forty-five minutes with your instructor prepares you to maintain your heading (you don't spin) and fall straight down (it's harder than it sounds).

Your Level Four Skydive:  You jump with a single instructor who lets go of the harness grip during freefall once you are stable.  You pick a heading on the horizon and use a combination of your arms, upper body and legs to maintain your position. The instructor will redock to help you relax and and give you hand signals to correct body position when needed.

You are expected to open your own canopy in a stable postion at the proper altitude.

LEVEL FIVE - RIGHT/LEFT TURNS (WITH ONLY ONE INSTRUCTOR)

Instruction for Level Five:  Emergency procedures and safe practices are re-emphasized.

In about 45 minutes of ground preparation your instructor teaches you to combine arm, body and leg movements to make 360 degree left- and right-hand turns and stop without an instructor gripping your harness.

Your Level Five Skydive:  One instructor exits the airplane with you.  You become stable, your instructor lets go and you pick a heading.  Your instructor hand-signals you to perform a 360-degree turn and stop.  You are then signalled to turn the other way and stop.  The instructor may redock on your harness if needed to help you relax and give other required hand signals.

You are expected to open your own canopy in a stable position at the proper altitude.

LEVEL SIX - BACK LOOP

Level Six Instruction:  Emergency procedures and safe practices are re-emphasized.  During your 45- minute instruction, we show you how to do a backloop, which makes you unstable on purpose.  Using the skills you learned in all the previous levels, you should be able to right yourself and become stable once more.

Your Level Six Skydive:  You exit the airplane with no instructor gripping your harness.  You become stable.  The instructor flies in front of you and hand-signals you to back loop.  Your instructor observes while you perform the manuever and come back to a stable position.  If required, the instructor will redock on your harness and help you relax.  If altitude allows, you may be signalled to repeat the back loop.

You are expected to open your own canopy in a stable position at the proper altitude.

LEVEL SEVEN - RELATIVENESS AND TRACKING

Level Seven Instruction:  Emergency procedures and safe practices are re-emphasized.  In 45 minutes you are taught to regulate the speed of your fall rate and to redock on another skydiver.  This is called relativeness.

You are also taught a survival skill called "tracking" that allows you to fly horizontally away from other jumpers before you open your parachute.

Your Level Seven Skydive:  You exit the airplane without any instructor gripping your harness.

Your instructor flies level with you.  The instructor slows his fall rate and you slow your fall rate to maintain a level position with your instructor.  You drive forward and dock on your instructor.

You instructor increases his fall rate and you must increase your fall rate to catch him.  You drive forward and dock once more on your instructor.

At a safe altitude, you turn 180 degrees and track away from your instructor.

You are expected to open your own canopy in a stable position at the proper altitude.

Through each jump we evaluate and instruct you in flying your canopy.

Following each jump, you are debriefed and we critique your exit, freefall and canopy control during the jump. 

12112 Copus Road * Bakersfield, California * 93313, Ph. (661) 858-2972 * Fax (661) 858-2697 * email: skydivesanjoaquin@wildblue.net

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