DO I HAVE TO DO A TANDEM FOR MY FIRST JUMP
Yes, at Skydive Grand Haven, you are required to do at least one tandem skydive with one of our instructors before being able to jump “solo”. Due to the overwhelming nature of making your first free fall skydive, most people find it difficult to focus and correctly perform all of the necessary tasks required to successfully pass their first IAD (Instructor Assisted Deployment) or AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) jump without any previous experience with free fall. This is why we require each of our students to perform at least one tandem skydive with one of our instructors before making their first IAD or AFF jump. After you have completed at least one tandem jump and are successfully signed off by one of our tandem instructors to advance, you may choose to attend one of our six to eight hour long IAD or AFF First Jump Courses. We recommend that you go through this material before starting your course to make sure you get the most out of your time in the class.
SOLO JUMP PROGRAMS / WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE
- AFF (ACCELERATED FREE FALL) Program
This is the most modern training program available and the preferred method of training at most reputable dropzones across the country. It is also the fastest way to get off Student status!
How it works:
Jump 1 First Jump Course ground school and Level 1 AFF skydive. This is a full altitude skydive from 11,000 feet with 2 instructors. All required equipment is provided. Cost of this jump is $360.
Jumps 2-4 are full altitude skydives from 11,000 feet with an instructor on each side of you. Cost of these jumps is $249 each. All students are required to join USPA before Jump 2.
Jumps 5-8 are full altitude skydives from 10,000 feet with one instructor. Cost of these jumps is $179 each. Students are expected to buy their own goggles, altimeter and helmet at this stage.
Jump 9 is a "Hop N Pop" from 3500 feet and marks your graduation from the AFF student program! Cost of this jump is FREE as our way of congratulating you on your achievement!
After your Level 9, you are cleared to self-supervise in freefall and you are encouraged to do as many solo jumps as you'd like, but you will not be allowed to jump with groups of other skydivers until you earn your "A" License. Solo jumps once you are off student status are $25 if you have your own rig. Rental gear is also available for an additional $30/jump.
TOTAL COST OF AFF PROGRAM: $1812.00
- IAD (INSTRUCTOR ASSISTED DEPLOYMENT) Program
Instructor Assisted Deployment is considered somewhat of an outdated teaching method. Today, it is primarily used by lower budget operations where the plane may not have enough power to climb to the higher altitudes or the staff may not have the flying skills or qualifications to safely perform AFF training jumps. Progression is slower and it takes several more jumps to reach a point where you can jump without supervision than it does with AFF. On the positive side, it costs less per jump in the early stages making it a more affordable choice for someone who really wants to learn, but can't afford AFF. For this reason, we continue to offer IAD training as a lower cost option.
How it works:
Jump 1 First Jump Course ground school and Level 1 IAD jump. This is a parachute jump from 3500 feet. There is no free fall on the first 5 levels of IAD training. All required equipment is provided. Cost of this jump is $260.
Jumps 2-5 are from 3500 feet. After jump 5, students are expected to purchase their own helmets, goggles and altimeters. USPA Membership is also required after jump 5. Cost of these jumps is $149 each.
Jump 6 is your first 5 second freefall from 4500 feet. Cost is $129 each.
Jumps 7-15 are freefall skydives varying from 4500 to 10,000 feet. Cost of these jumps is $129 each.
Jump 16 is your first 4 way skydive and marks your graduation from the IAD student program. Cost is FREE as our way of congratulating you on your achievement!
After your Level 16, you are cleared to self-supervise in freefall and you are encouraged to do as many solo jumps as you'd like, but you will not be allowed to jump with groups of other skydivers until you earn your "A" License. Solo jumps once you are off student status are $25 if you have your own rig. Rental gear is also available for an additional $30/jump.
Total cost of IAD Program: $1986