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INSTRUCTOR ASSISTED FREEFALL (IAF)

SKYDIVER TRAINING PROGRAM
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The IAF training program is used by skydiving centers that are members of the United States Parachute Association (USPA). All of our jumpmasters and instructors have USPA ratings.

Training for your first jump begins with a Tandem Skydive. We use a minimum of three (3) Tandem Skydives. IAF Tandem Level 2 and 3 are PASS/FAIL. After completing the First Tandem Jump the Student takes a Comprehensive Jump Course (approximately 6 hours), then continues on with Levels 2 thru 13.

Learning objectives of IAF include:

- exit an aircraft correctly
- freefall with stability and control
- hook-ups
- 360-degree turns
- barrel rolls
- tracking
- packing your parachute and more...

Before each skydive your jumpmaster will spend around half an hour reviewing previous material and teaching you a new set of targeted learning objectives (TLOs). You progress to the next level when you have met all of the TLOs for your current level. Each level consists of one or more skydives, depending on your rate of progression. The price for Level 1 is $219. For Levels 2 through 13 the price ranges from $60 to $199.

Let us know in advance when you will be coming out, so that we can arrange adequate staffing.

It is recommended that you make your jumps as close together as you can; you will have to repeat the previous level and take currency training if you wait more than 30 days between skydives. We encourage you to remain current!

REMEMBER:

You cant skydive if youre not here! We may have blue skies in Gardiner even if the weather is poor where you are.


IAF Tandem Level 1 - Your First Jump

With this introductory jump, you will skydive from our usual altitude of 13,500 feet with a freefall of approximately 60 seconds. You will then enjoy a 5 to 7 minute canopy flight with a spectacular view of beautiful upstate New York including the Shawangunk mountains and Wallkill river. During the tandem jump, you are physically attached to one of our highly skilled USPA certified tandem instructors for the entire skydive. Your tandem training will take about 15 minutes and you will jump from one of our Dehaviland Twin Otters or Pilatus Porters. We can easily accommodate any number of friends you may want to bring.


IAF COMPREHENSIVE JUMP COURSE

Before you advance to Tandem Level 2, you will go through the Comprehensive Jump Course. That will give the knowledge necessary for you to jump your own gear(other than tandem). You can download the Course Oultine and print it if you desire.

IAF Comprehensive Course Outline


IAF Tandem Level 2

EXIT: Student has hands on the Harness. Instructor gives exit count: "PROP, UP, DOWN, ARCH"

FREEFALL: Instructor gives student double tap on shoulders. Student does Circle Of Awareness (Heading-Altimeter-Instructor.) Instructor, if necessary gives body position corrections, followed by a Thumbs Up. Student does 3 Practice ripcord touches. Student checks Altimeter. Instructor gives 3 Hand Signls to Student: Arch-Toe Taps-Legs Out. Student checks Altimeter. Student turns RIGHT 90 degrees. Student checks Altimeter. Student turns LEFT 90 degrees. Student checks Altimeter. Instructor gives LEGS OUT siganl. Student checks Altimeter every 5 seconds, LOCKS ON at 6500'. Student WAVES OFF & PULLS at 6000'.

CANOPY: 4 s (Square, Stable, Slider down, Steerable), Practice turning and Flaring (Canopy Control), Airport Orientation, have student fly prediscussed flight plan to the airport for landing.

DEBRIEF: Fill out Log Book and Master Student Log.


IAF Tandem Level 3

EXIT: Student has HANDS on the DOOR JAM facing the prop blast. Student gives exit count: Check In (waits for OK) "PROP, UP, DOWN, ARCH"

FREEFALL: Student does Circle Of Awareness (Heading-Altimeter-Instructor.) Instructor, if necessary gives body position corrections, followed by a Thumbs Up. Student does 3 Practice ripcord touches. Student checks Altimeter. Instructor gives 3 Hand Signls to Student: Arch-Toe Taps-Legs Out. Student checks Altimeter. Instructor turns student off heading. Student turns back to initial heading. Student checks Altimeter. Instructor turns student off heading. Student turns back to initial heading. Student checks Altimeter. Instructor gives LEGS OUT siganl. Student checks Altimeter every 5 seconds, LOCKS ON at 6500'. Student WAVES OFF & PULLS at 6000'.

CANOPY: 4 s (Square, Stable, Slider down, Steerable), Practice Flaring, review canopy control, have student fly prediscussed flight plan to the airport for landing.

DEBRIEF: Fill out Log Book and Master Student Log.


IAF Level 4

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Freefall, basic body position, heading awareness, altitude awareness, turns and forward movement, Throw by 4500', canopy control (upwind holding area )

FLOW: Exit, C-of-A (signals), 3 PPT's, Heading, Altimeter (SC) (signals), 90 Right Turn (Arm),Heading, Altimeter (SC), 90 Left Turn (Arm),Heading, Altimeter (SC) Forward (Legs Only),Check Altimeter (Check Altimeter approximately every 5 seconds), Baby Wave at 5500' then Throw Pilotchute by 4500'.

- Exit may feel different

- Student doesn't have to do all maneuvers to pass, should concentrate on control and altitude awareness

- All maneuvers stop at 6000'

- Short circles, not full, but keep heading and latitude awareness

- Emphasis on remaining horizontal as starting point for turns & forward movement

- Turns, using Arm dip in the direction of the turn.

- Forward, Legs straight, (arms neutral)


IAF Level 5

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Hover control, heading maintenance (able to stop turn).

FLOW: Exit, C-of-A, 1 PPT, Toe Taps, C-of-A, Hover, Maintain Heading, Check Altimeter approximately every 5 seconds, Baby Wave at 5500', Throw Pilotchute by 4500'.

- Adjust in-air emergencies for intentional release

- Emphasis on relaxed freefall, be aware of signals from JM prior to release and during hover and holding

- Remember altitude awareness

- Legs out if sliding away from JM.

- If out of control, pull (5 Second Rule)

- JM may redock even if doing well

- Altitude awareness and good Baby Wave at 5500'- Canopy control, start to become more aware of the winds and advanced control -- still upwind holding area


IAF Level 6

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
90-degree turns, Flat tracking, Heading and Altitude Awareness, wave off before pull. Always remember TLOs from previous dives and work on them.

FLOW: Exit, C-of-A, Practice touch, release (hover), Right 90, Altimeter check, Left 90, Altimeter check, Flat track 3-5 seconds return to neutral, can repeat turns if altitude permits. No maneuvers below 6000', 5500' Baby Wave, Throw Pilotchute by 4500' -don't rush- communicate with JM

- After release good to hover 2-3 seconds before turning to JM

- Turn sequence may be adjusted to individual needs

- Remember, keep altitude aware and move slowly, never rush

- Throw Pilotchute by 4500'.

- Canopy control, start to rely less on radio. Work on advanced canopy skills as opposed to an upwind holding area, learn what winds are and how to get back


IAF Level 7

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
360-degree turns, tracking with some separation

FLOW: Exit poised can be unassisted per students past exit performance, C-of-A, release(hover), Right 90 degree turn, Practice touch, Left 360, Altimeter Check, Right 360, Altimeter Check, 180 degree turn, Delta Track 3-5 seconds, Return to neutral, Altimeter Check (Repeat Turnsif altitude permits), Check Altimeter approximately every 5 seconds, Baby Wave at 5500, Throw Pilotchute by 4000'.

- Remember to relax and keep altitude aware

- On release JM may either stay to side or move in front (determined based on students performance)

- Try to keep heading on JM as much as possible

- On tracking remember to pick a heading and go straight towards it

- Remember to keep altitude aware, no maneuvers below 6000'

- 5500' Wave Off, Throw Pilotchute by 4000' - Canopy control, work more on advance skills to get to target



IAF Level 8

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Poised exit, , Barrell Roll, Turns and Track

FLOW: Poised Exit ( No Contact), Heading, Altimeter, Barrell roll if above 8000', Altimeter Check, Left 90 degree turn, Right 360 degree turn Altimeter Check, Left 360, Altimeter Check, Dock on JM 180 turn and track away for 5 seconds, No more maneuvers after 6000', Baby Wave at 5500', Throw Pilotchute by 4500'

- Remember keep altitude aware and don't rush

- Barrell Roll smooth and regain control

- Left 90 degree turn

- 360 degree turns, smooth and on heading

- Dock with JM, remember not to reach

-180 degree turn, Track straight on heading, start by 7000' and go for about 5 seconds

- 5500' wave off and throw pilotchute by 4500'

- Canopy control, no assistance (unless necessary)


IAF Level 9 - Solo jump

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

- Solo poised exitfrom 13500'


IAF Level 10 - Coach Jump

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

- 2-way from 13500'
- Spotting
- Poised exit
- Upward and Downward
- Docking
- Tracking


IAF Level 11 - Coach Jump

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

- 2-way from 13500'
- Spotting
- Diving exit
- Box
-
Forward (Legs), Backward (Arms)
- Docking
- Tracking (legs straight, Butt up, Arms side or back, cupping air)


IAF Level 12 - Coach Jump

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

- 2-way from 13500'
- Spotting
- Poised exit
- Swooping - Docking
- Tracking


IAF Level 13 - Coach Jump

TARGETED LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

- Solo Hop&Pop from 4500' (5 second delay).
- (I) Sign Off Student!




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