Once you’ve successfully completed your first static line jump, you can start Student Progression, which is made up of two separate sections; first Static Line Progression followed by Freefall Progression. The main difference being that once you get on to Freefall Progression you are no longer connected to the plane by a static line and have to deploy for yourself, which means freefalling.
Static Line Progression
Static Line Progression takes the a new skydiver through a few static line jumps (minimum of three) to DRP (dummy rip cord) jumps, which is when when the student ‘pulls’ a dummy ripcord to demonstrate awareness and ability to the jumpmaster. You will do a minimum of five dummy rip cord (DRP) jumps to a high enough standard to complete the Static Line Progression program. Once you’ve completed Static Line Progression you’ll have done at least eight static line jumps, and then you move on to Freefall Progression where you do your first freefall jump.
Freefall Progression consists of 15 separate tests, which are all freefall jumps.
- First Freefall (3 Second Delay)
- Five Second Delay
- Ten Second Delay
- Ten Second Delay (x2)
- Fifteen Seconds Delay
- Fifteen Second Delay with Altimeter
- Twenty Second Poised Exit
- Twenty Second Dive Exit
- 180 Degree Turns
- 360 Degree Turns
- Full Series (In order; a backloop, right turn, left turn, backloop, left turn, right turn)
- Delta in Two Directions
- Delta and Turn
- Delta and Track
- Spin Test
Jump 3, the ten second delay test, is repeated, meaning the Freefall Progression is 16 jumps in total. Each jump has its own price, which you can find on our Course Price List page.
How To Progress
There is no need to book jumps after you’ve completed the FTJ course. Whenever the dropzone is open we will have an instructor and jumpmaster on duty, all you need to do is turn up with your logbook. When you get to the dropzone hunt down the duty jumpmaster and tell them what you want to do next. You’ll be briefed for your next jump and asked to manifest yourself when you are ready. Depending on which level or test you are doing you’ll also need to make sure the jumpmaster is also manifested. Once you’re done, and you successfully did what you needed to do on the jump, the jumpmaster will sign you off in your logbook and you can get ready for your next jump. Student skydivers are only permitted to jump three times in one day; as a new jumper the adrenaline highs and inevitable drop in adrenaline levels become very tiring. You can help yourself by eating regularly to keep your blood sugar levels up.
When you leave, visit manifest and they’ll tell you how much you owe. You can either pay by cash or EFT. The benefit of doing Student Progression is that each jump is generally cheaper than AFF so it’s much easier to budget, and not so bad if you fail a level and have to retake.
As a student you’ll need to stay current, which means jumping at least once a month although we recommend jumping at least twice a month if not more. With concurrency comes comfort in the plane and in the air, which means you’ll find each level easier than if you jump once a month. There are rules that say what happens if you are uncurrent by a month, by three months or more. If you become uncurrent three times in quick succession you’ll get what’s called ‘the golf speech’ where you’re told that maybe skydiving isn’t for you and you should probably be playing golf instead. Once you’re addicted like the rest of us, this rarely becomes an issue.