What is freefall?
During a parachute jump that includes freefall, you delay the opening of your parachute 30 to 60 seconds after exiting the aircraft. During that time you’ll be ‘freefalling’.
After opening your parachute you then fly to the landing area where you touch down gently.
What is a static line jump?
During a staticline jump, the parachute will open automatically when you jump out of the airplane. You exit at either 3500 or 5000 feet. Staticline jumps do not have a freefall component as you won’t delay in opening the parachute. Just seconds after you’ve left the airplane you’ll be swinging under your canopy which you’ll then proceed to fly towards your landing area where you’ll gently touch down.
If you’re in doubt if freefall is really for you then consider to first master the static line jumps before you progress to jumps that include freefall.
When you take this approach you first get to practise flying and landing your parachute before you introduce freefall.
The Total Jump Experience offers exactly that; first Static Line (5 jumps) and then on to the first AFF jump. Obviously the idea here is that once you’ve experienced freefall you’ll be so enthralled that you’ll continue with the remaining six AFF levels to become a true solo skydiver.