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Boozin’ on the Job?

We recently got this anonymous tip: “Videographer ____ at Skydive ___ has booze on her/his breath and I’m pretty sure s/he drinks while s/he works. I think it’s bullshit s/he would put other’s safety at risk and I don’t want to be “that guy” that rats her/him out.”

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As a community that prides itself on the fun kind of inappropriate behavior, how do you handle truly inappropriate behavior? Whether it’s a drunk AFF-I, a grabby TI, rude manifest or racist fun jumper, what do you do? Have you ever encountered a situation like this? How would you if you encountered it?

What's the best way to deal with inappropriate behavior by fellow skydivers?

  • Other...Explain in comments. (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Two words: Hidden GoPros. (3%, 10 Votes)
  • Create a false profile on and expose the filth. (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Mind your own fucking business. (4%, 13 Votes)
  • Do nothing. It will probably work itself out. (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Contact USPA or your country's association. (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Alert your S&TA. (25%, 84 Votes)
  • Publicly call him or her out, online. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Publicly call him or her out, in person. (4%, 13 Votes)
  • Tell the DZO. (27%, 91 Votes)
  • Pull the person aside and have a quiet, personal chat. (31%, 105 Votes)
Total Voters: 229


  • BTW, in certain fatalities when they’ve done the autopsies of tandem masters, on more than one occasion there were traces of THC found in the blood work. This doesn’t mean they were necessarily stoned while skydiving, but it does mean they were smoking pot at some recent time. When I heard this, I decided that if my kid wants to do a tandem, I will make sure I vet the TM on his back.

  • This is an escalation situation, based on the sevarity of the problem…
    Start local and private moving higher, then more public… (the person, someone the person will listen to, S&TA, DZO, USPA, FAA, public forums/postings).
    NOTE: for MOST problems, even those that can not be worked out, I would NOT go public… we fix our problems in-house. But there are some problems so important and times when public resources must be used to protect the public we serve.
    Its not always easy (usually isn’t)…
    I’ve seen an S&TA ground his own mentor.
    I’ve seen my mentor screw up and get nailed to the wall.
    And I’ve seen customers walk when they didn’t see things fixed.

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