Out of the Blue Skydiving is the only drop zone in Colorado offering a conversion program for those who have successfully completed the Air Force Academy’s 490 course. Most 490 graduates are able to complete Out of the Blue’s AFF program in four jumps instead of the typical seven jumps.By jumping with Out of the Blue, you’ll save money, and you’ll be that much closer to getting your USPA license.
Before jumping in the AFF conversion program at Out of the Blue Skydiving, you will be required to sit through our first jump course that is usually offered once a week either on Saturday or Sunday mornings. While some information may seem like a review, there are some very important differences when jumping as a civilian compared to jumping at the Academy. Please be sure to make a reservation for the AFF first jump course as some classes fill quickly!
After completing the first jump course, you will be ready to make a skydive with Out of the Blue Skydiving. If it has been longer than 30 days since your last jump in the 490 course, we will typically put you with two AFF instructors for your first civilian jump with us. Your performance will determine how many instructors will jump with you for the remaining AFF jumps. For those of you who have completed your 490 jumps in the last 30 days, you will most likely be with one instructor for your AFF jumps with Out of the Blue.
After successfully completing the necessary AFF jumps, you will be considered a self-supervising student. While there will be at least one instructor with you on every plane load, you can jump by yourself. To get your USPA A-license, you will need to complete at least 25 jumps and the criteria listed on the A-license proficiency card you will be given after your first jump with Out of the Blue. Remember, your five jumps from 490 and your AFF jumps all count toward the 25 jumps you need for your A-license. Examples of some of the proficiency card criteria include landing accurately, canopy maneuvers, freefall maneuvers, a jump from 5,000 feet, and a jump from 3,500 feet. In addition, you will need to make at least three jumps with one of our USPA-rated coaches and at least one A-license check dive with a USPA-rated instructor.