What is Tandem Assisted Freefall? (TAF)
Tandem jumps are meant to offer an introduction to the sport. They allow the beginner to take a skydive with an experienced Tandem Master / Instructor.
A tandem jump requires from 15 to 45 minutes of ground preparation (it is NOT a First Jump Course. If you are doing Tandem Assisted Freefall training – see above – the course will have been adjusted to suit what you need to know).
The student and tandem master each wear a harness, however only the Tandem Master wears the parachutes. The student’s harness attaches to the front of the master’s harness and the two of them freefall together for 30 seconds or more, open together, and land together under one Really BIG Parachute.
Tandem jumping provides an obvious advantage for the adventurous spirit who wants to experience freefall before committing to a First-jump course or just wants to do a skydive. By relying on the Tandem Master’s skills, you will be able to experience the thrill of skydiving without the pressure of having to “save yourself”.
Tandem students may be as young as 12 years old and as old as they feel like. The oldest tandem student to date in Australia was 94 when she made the jump.
If you decide to continue in the sport after a tandem jump you will have to attend a First Jump Course in either the Freefall or Static Line curriculum and you will have a very good idea of what to expect.
All parachute courses…
In all of these training methods, parachute students are taught normal and emergency procedures for all aspects of the jump – climb to altitude, exit, opening, canopy control, and landing. They are also shown the equipment and go over it so that they understand how it works.
All APF student training centres now utilise sport skydiving gear. No more military surplus stuff. Students have light-weight parachute systems in aesthetic colours and high performance canopies designed for students. No more big para-boots– students use their own trainers/sport shoes. No more heavy motorcycle helmets– students use lightweight sporting helmets. Ground-to-air radio for canopy control assistance are used at some centres, air-to-air video, on and on…
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