The Next Step After AFF

Newly Qualified? What’s next?

Congratulations on becoming newly qualified, a whole new world has now opened up to you and the opportunities in skydiving are endlessly exciting! We bet you’ve been watching all the other qualified jumpers on the dropzone, maybe even some cool skydiving videos and are thinking – how do I do that?

Refine Your Skills

The first step is to take it steady and perfect and refine the skills you have previously learnt. For example on your AFF course you will have been taught to fall in a stable safe position but now you can learn to fly closer to others, fly towards others, fly over and under them with control and precision, working towards formation skydives in groups. It is important that you can fly in formation with other divers in a belly to earth position before looking at other disciplines. Try a few solo jumps first and enjoy your new-found freedom in the skies, but then get together with a formation skydiving (FS) instructor for some one-on-one coached jumps. Once you have the basics down you can add more jumpers to your formation to make a 4-way. This is the most common team size in competitive formation skydiving. At our UK dropzone we host the largest national 4-way formation skydiving competition in the world with over 75 teams competing annually. You can take this further to 8-ways and even up to 400-ways when you have the skills!

resident instructors

We have a team of resident instructors who are available for progression coaching at Skydive Algarve in Formation Skydiving and Freefly. Email us on for more information/ to book.

COACHES based at skydive algarve


At Skydive Algarve we are very lucky to have a host of external coaches available to help you progress and refine your skills in Formation Skydiving, Canopy Piloting, Freefly and Wingsuiting. Please visit our external coaches page and find out more about our coaches and contact them directly to book!

External Coaches


Formation skydiving is where two or more people jump together holding on to ‘grips’ on each other’s jumpsuits while freefalling through the sky. The aim of this type of skydive is to create a variety of formations whilst falling as a group.

  • Forwards and backwards flying
  • Swooping down to formation
  • Safety considerations formation skydiving
  • How to create a formation
  • How to turn in the sky using your legs
  • How to control your speed whilst falling
  • Falling out of formation and being aware of your altitude
  • You will perform eight one-on-one jumps with your coach plus: one 3-way coached jump and one 4-way coached jump

The FS1 Qualification Course is ideal for anyone wishing to attain their BPA FS1 sticker. The training is also suitable if you are not from the UK as the inside video footage we provide will help instructors from your own country recognise you are a competent skydiver. 

Canopy PIloting

Many skydivers forget that the most important part of the skydive is getting the landing right.

Canopy piloting training is not just for swooping, in recent years, introductory level canopy control courses have become an integral part of the sport. Canopy coaching can give students a better grasp of how best to fly the smaller canopy and how to land it better. Check out our external coaches page where we have Canopy Piloting specialists available to coach you and who offer regular courses.


Your next step is to freefly – if you want to – it’s common for skydivers to rush into freeflying without understanding that having a good solid grasp of basic FS skills is essential if you want to change orientation – any good freefly coach will support this.

Go head up, back-fly, sit-fly, after a while you can even go head-down! Freefly is multi-dimensional and really good fun. 

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