This past Saturday, March 8th, was the official USPA Safety Day.
Safety Day is presented and promoted by the USPA to get jumpers up to speed and ready for the season ahead. The goal is to get skydivers to knock off some rust before bursting into spring uncurrent as hell, sporting all the new gear bought over the winter. Some DZ’s go all out, complete with hanging harnesses, aircraft drills, push-ups and whatnot. Others are less feisty this early in the season and pretty much leave it up to their jumpers to prepare themselves. That is where we come in. For the next few weeks, we will bring you articles, tips and tricks to help you emerge into the 2014 season a well-rounded and fabulously interesting skydiver. Some of the features are dead serious, some of them a little bit more lighthearted, but all are full of good information and geared to get you thinking.
Some of the stuff we have on tap is:
- Reserve Accuracy Challenge – by Ella Ran, Performance Designs
- Canopy Flying stuff – by several authors from the The Canopy School
- Sports Psychology – by Beth Asanas at 3 Ring Necklace
- TBD – by Larry Liebler, Icarus USA
- Fitting a rig – by Chris Talbert, Sun Path Products
- Staying Alive in Canopy Piloting – by the NZ Aerosports team (series)
- AAD, what about it? – by Tom Noonan, Vigil/UPT
- 10 things you can do fly safer – Matt “Foggy” Fogarty of The Canopy School
Check back regularly throughout April to catch-all in the series. We will feature them under the tag “Get Current” so you can easily find all in one spot.
Fine print: if you really are a young skydiver or an uncurrent old skydiver, reviewing your emergency procedures and dropzone protocols really is a fantastic idea. Pulling a little high is a good idea too. As is giving your gear a good check after you knock off the cobwebs. Be cool, be smart, stay safe. SkyGod commands so.