You've arrived! Whether you've completed one or more tandem jumps or this will be your first skydive ever, get ready for some alone time in the sky!
Your first solo jump also marks the beginning of the Accelerated Freefall (AFF) training program. You will begin with the first Jump Course, a 6-hour ground school in which you will learn about aircraft exit, body position, canopy deployment, canopy flight, landing procedures, and safety procedures.
Weather permitting, you can jump the same day. For the solo jump, you and two USPA certified AFF instructors will exit the aircraft as a team, from 13,000 feet. During free fall, they will help you to stay stable and teach you using hand signals. Your instructors will stay with you through canopy deployment, then you will fly and land your own parachute. It is amazing!
After you land, if you find yourself looking to the sky and wanting to feel the incredible feeling of flight again (we predict you will), then it's time to continue your training and work toward your first USPA License!
You also have the option to complete the Solo AFF first jump course, then try out your new skills on an AFF Training Tandem prior to your first solo jump. They can usually be done the same day and it is a great way to build your skills and your confidence!!
Plan on spending the entire day with us. The ground school begins at 8 am with your jump being sometime in the late afternoon, all depending on the number of people in the class.
The ground school will cover how to exit the aircraft and freefall with your USPA instructors, and how to fly, navigate and land a parachute on your own. We cover a large amount of information, but there’s no rush to get to the jump, you won’t be jumping until you and your instructors feel like you’re ready.
What is an AFF Training Tandem?
A Training Tandem allows a student to use all the training from the solo AFF first jump course on a tandem skydive. If you want confirmation that you are ready for a solo freefall and to fly and land your own parachute, a Training Tandem will give you the opportunity to experience all of those while attached to one of our USPA Instructors. The Training Tandem is a valuable training tool and can be purchased for the deeply discounted rate of $129 when purchased with the Solo AFF first jump course.
Our Super Grand Caravan aircraft will take you to a jump altitude of between 10,000 and 13,000 feet above the ground. You and your instructors will exit the plane and freefall for almost a full minute, falling for over a mile through the sky. Your instructors will release you as the parachute is opening, and then you’ll spend about five minutes flying your own parachute down to the ground.
Bring your ID, a face mask, and wear comfortable clothes with athletic shoes. There will be a lunch break during the class, so you can bring a lunch or drive a few minutes into Ashland to buy lunch. Don’t forget drinks and snacks too, it will be a busy day and it’s important to stay energized and hydrated!
We’re ready for you! Weather permitting, we’re here to give you the thrill of your life, Tuesdays through Sundays. Reserve your skydiving experience today!Please note: All jumpers must be height and weight proportional. The maximum weight for solo students is 240 lbs.. If you are uncertain if you meet the guidelines, please call us. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Management reserves the right to require a training tandem prior to making a solo AFF skydive. All students above 225 lbs. are required to make a training tandem prior to a solo AFF skydive.
Do you need to have proof or just want to be able to re-live your skydiving experience over and over? We have the answer! Our professional video staff is ready to document the time of your life! Don't miss a moment of your experience with high quality digital video and still photos of your skydive.
After only 10-15 minutes after your jump, you will receive your edited video and still pictures on a memory stick to take with you. We will also email you your video and stills so you can share them with your family and friends on social media! The video package can be added when you make your reservation or when you check in at AerOhio the day of your jump.
Dropzone Location for GPS AerOhio Skydiving
701G Township Rd 1102
Ashland, OH 44805
Mailing Address for Shipping
403 County Rd 1302
Polk, OH 44866
JUMP HOURS - Weather dependent
Tuesday - Friday: 12 PM-Sunset
Saturday & Sunday: 8 AM-Sunset
OFFICE HOURS - Year round
Daily: 8 AM-6 PM
Phone: (800) 726-3483