Already in their 3rd jump, students move without direct contact to their instructors. However, the instructors remain close at all times in order to be able to intervene if necessary. Students must successfully complete a level before advancing to the next stage. If a student misses the learning objectives of a certain level, they must repeat that stage.
While in stages 1-3 students are accompanied by two AFF instructors during free fall, only one instructor is required as of level 4. The instructor maintains contact to the participant during the exit from the plane. After that, the student is released in order to be able to practice controlled turns.
Level 7 as the final stage requires participants to demonstrate their acquired abilities. If the student is successful, they have reached their goal and can move on to further jumps on their own. This means that skilled AFF students can perform individual jumps and enjoy the experience of free fall without an instructor after only seven jumps. When they have performed a total of 25 training jumps, they are fit for the license exam.