Hey everyone! Well, this is my first post and all. I am going to be a new student at the local AFF school in one month. Skydiving is something I've always wanted to do. My questions is this, do most students do at least one tandem before they do AFF school? And those that have done a tandem jump, on average do better than those who haven't? In your opinions, should a student buy some gear to use during and after their school such as an altimeter, helmet and goggles? Or do most schools/instructors advise not to buy your own gear because the school wants students to use their gear? Thanks for the responses!