That post title certainly sparks the imagination! This is a title from the instructors manual published, and currently used by the British Parachute Association (BPA) – the organization responsible for all non-military jumping in the UK. Sex and skydiving? What could possibly be wrong with that?
Read the following excerpt to find out. You might just want to go ahead and set your face to shocked now, to save some time.
This picture was recently snapped by from a manual that is still in use as part of current instruction materials for all instructor courses in the UK.
If you do not have prior teaching experience and wish to become a coach, this little nugget also appears in the “Methods of Instruction Course” literature – which you’ll need to complete in order to get that rating.
It is abundantly clear that this is very outdated and severely sexist – and quite possibly should never have been written in the first place. We sincerely doubt that many (if any) BPA instructors think along these lines. It’s probably high time for the BPA to conduct a thorough materials review and print up a fresh batch of training materials. Anecdotally, one of the BPA council members has suggested that there are a few small changes are needed – and that rather than doing lots of little amends a whole new document is coming. Which is good – but really, shouldn’t this element have been removed some time ago in an earlier revision?
Judging by what Brit Chicks have accomplished through the years, at least some of them have managed to overcome their mechanical aptitude challenges. We’ve even met quite a few that have put the dolls aside and started thinking on their own! That has then led to all kinds of shenanigans, like podium finishes in international skydiving competitions, World Records and instructional ratings. We even know some truly inspirational and capable female British AFFIs, TIs and coaches.
We suspect some of our female readers might have an opinion on this. What do you think, is it harder to into the sport (or move forward) because of your gender? Are things different because you played with dolls? Did anyone ever teach their dolls to skydive? Comment below – but make sure you get permission from your husband or escort first ;)