In Skydive Tecumseh’s Accelerated Freefall in Michigan course, you start from the top and work your way down. You’ll get to experience free fall from up to 14,000 feet and be able to fly your own parachute in for a landing in our wide open student landing area!
Accelerated Freefall is the most modern method of skydive training. It is called “accelerated” because the progression is the fastest way to experience solo freefall, normally from 10,000 to 14,000 feet AGL (above ground level).
After a day of training in our classroom, you will be prepared to make your first skydive. During your first few jumps, you will be assisted by two instructors who will be there to observe your skydive and guide you through the process. In freefall, your instructors will use hand signals to communicate with you, helping you correct your body position, maintain altitude awareness, and stay relaxed.
At approximately 5,500 feet, your instructors will release their grips on you as you deploy your own parachute. Once you deploy, the instructors will fly away and deploy their own canopies.
From there you’ll take control of your toggles and steer yourself into our wide open student landing area, under radio guidance from an instructor on the ground.
Once you’ve proven you can maintain altitude awareness, keep relatively stable, and deploy your own parachute on the first few jumps, you’ll work up to the basic flying skills required to skydive without assistance. Eventually you will be cleared to “solo status,” where you will be able to jump with coaches in addition to instructors.
After logging 25 jumps, and demonstrating comprehensive safety and flight skills you will be able to test and apply for your USPA “A” License, your ticket to jump at almost any dropzone in the world!
Wonderful staff -- my tandem instructor, James, was funny, clear, and made sure that I was comfortable during the entire experience (which involved two flights and a bit of "will-we-or-won't-we" due to clouds).
The dive itself is unreal -- exhilarating and meditative, terrifying and relaxing, absolutely breathtaking. I absolutely recommend you try it here first. Skydive Tecumseh has a great reputation, and there's a reason for that. I hope to go again.