More Info About Our AFF Program
Common AFF Questions
Enrolling in an AFF program requires a commitment of time, energy, and resources … and the outcome is most definitely worth the investment. Check out our AFF FAQs to learn more about the program, and if you still have questions, get in touch! We can’t wait to tell you all about the coolest school on Earth.
Do I have to jump tandem before enrolling in AFF?
It is strongly recommended that you make a tandem jump at least once before beginning AFF. For some, a tandem is all that’s needed to scratch the skydiving itch … for others, it’s just the beginning. Check things out from the sky before committing to progression.
How long does it take to complete all AFF categories?
The AFF program is designed to be completed at your own pace. Some crush the curriculum in a handful of weeks, others stretch it out over several months. As long as you make at least one jump every 30 days, you’ll be considered current.
What’s included with my AFF tuition?
Everything you need to learn how to skydive is included in your AFF tuition. Your gear and lift tickets are factored into the cost of each category.
Can I use my SCC gift card toward AFF?
Yes. SCC gift cards can be used for skydiving services across the dropzone, including AFF progression and lift tickets.
Why do I need an A License?
Completing AFF is like earning your learner’s permit, and getting your A License is akin to getting your driver’s license. AFF teaches all of the basics and gives you plenty of opportunities to practice with supervision. Your A License is your ticket to the sky.
What’s involved in getting an A license?
The USPA (United States Parachute Association) mandates that a standard curriculum be completed in order to achieve an A License. This includes completing 25 individual and 5 group jumps, passing an oral and written exam, and demonstrating competence in exit and freefall skills; canopy skills; equipment knowledge; emergency review; and aircraft and spotting.
Once your A License Proficiency Card is complete, you’ll participate in a check dive with a certified instructor who will determine your eligibility for the A License. After you have been officially signed off, you have 60 days to submit your documentation to the USPA for validation. Approval of your paperwork will lead to the issuance of your license number.
What can I do with my A license?
A-Licensed skydivers can jump solo and with friends, pack their own canopy, perform basic group jumps, and can experiment with water jumps. You can also keep learning. There are four skydiving licenses – A, B, C and D – and every credential unlocks another level of awesomeness. The sky’s the limit!
Can AFF students or A Licensed skydivers land on the beach?
No. All AFF students and A holders land at the airport. Only C-Licensed skydivers and above can land on the beach.
Do I have to buy my own gear after I have my A License?
You can rent gear after you earn your A, but most people elect to buy pre-owned gear as they continue with their progression.
Can I rent and buy gear at SCC?
Yes. We offer both gear rental and sales at the dropzone. Just let us know what you need.
I’m going to stick around the jump, are there nearby places to eat and stay?
Yes! Southport and the surrounding area offers great restaurants and accommodations. For a list of some of our favorites, head on over to our Local Information page.
Can I camp at the DZ?
Tent camping is available at the dropzone, and a bathroom with showers is located in the hangar. Space is limited, be sure to reserve your campsite in advance.
Is WiFi available?
Oh yes! Our WiFi is free and consistently strong.
Is parking free?
Yep. Parking is free at the DZ and the beach.