This is the premier rating that the USPA offers out of all of the instructional disciplines. It is very challenging and difficult to receive, but once you are rated, you will be rewarded tenfold in return with a prosperous and viable student program. The accelerated freefall program has been proven to be one of the most successful methods available to teach new students.
A. THE USPA AFF INSTRUCTOR RATING ALOWS YOU TO:
- Exercise all privileges of the USPA Coach rating
- Conduct AFF-type jumps, the AFF first-jump course, and transition training to AFF
- Conduct training in the general portions of any first-jump course
- Train and supervise jumps with non-method specific students
- Conduct the A-license quiz and check dive
- Verify certain USPA license applications, according to the requirements in SIM Section 3
- Supervise a USPA Coach in training students and making recurrency jumps with licensed skydivers
- Supervision (BSRs) - All student training is conducted under the direction and oversight of an appropriately rated USPA Instructor (refer to the BSRs) All general, non-method-specific student training and jump supervision may be conducted by any USPA Instructor, but method-specific training and jumps (AFF, IAD, static-line, and tandem) require a USPA Instructor who holds that method-specific rating
B. THE USPA INSTRUCTOR PREREQUISITES:
Candidates may earn the USPA AFF Instructor rating who have met all the following requirements:
- Reached the age of 18 years
- Holds or has held any USPA instructional rating
- Must have held a USPA Coach or Instructor rating for at least 12 months, or have at least 500 jumps
- Holds a USPA C license
- Logged six hours of freefall time
- Completed the USPA AFF Instructor Proficiency Card (applicable portions)
- Successfully proven ability by successfully completing the written and practical AFF evaluation process with a USPA AFF Instructor Examiner (AFF IE)
- For the course you need a current (not older than 24 months) SIM and IRM. These can be ordered from USPA. (www.uspa.org)
C. THE AFF PROFICIENCY CARD:
The AFF proficiency card is in the back of the IRM or you can download it from the USPA website. This card needs to be signed off in the required areas before the course starts! If you are already an instructor you can skip the topics that are marked with a " * ". The first thing you should do if you consider taking the course is look at the proficiency card to see what needs to be done prior to the course. It may take some time to complete the signatures on the card. Some topics will get signed during the course by the course director. This is all marked on the card itself and is pretty much self-explanatory.
D. THE WRITTEN TEST:
One of the requirements to complete the AFFIRC is taking a written exam and scoring at least 80%. The questions for this exam and answer sheet are in the back of the IRM. It is an open book test and forces you to read through the IRM and SIM and is required to be completed prior to the start of the course. If not completed you will take the test at the course, you will need to score a 100%.
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