USPA Central Region
Safety and Training Advisor Information
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The following information for Safety and Training Advisors in the USPA Central Region
has been provided by USPA Central Regional Director Gary Peek since early 2009.
Instructional Rating Seminar Topics
Below is a list of responses and topics received from USPA Central Region Safety
and Training Advisors when asked what topics were discussed at their
drop zone's Instructional Rating Seminars. These topics can perhaps give
other drop zones some ideas about what to include in their seminars.
They are in the order received, grouped per respondent, and edited somewhat to
be easier to understand.
- With the season almost over, how did it go?
- Greenville had a student that fired their reserve after a toggle came lose on opening.
- Safe year for Flying V Ranch
- Any changes in Procedures?
- Greenville is currently suspending S/L operations.
- Did you do anything fun? Parties?
- Flying V Ranch had a Para Shoot competition with 16 participants.
- Greenville BBQ’s from time to time.
- Water Training/Night Jumps.
- Flying V Ranch conducted night jumps.
- 6 Jumpers, 3 meeting requirements.
- Talked about doing night jumps in the early morning vs. late in the day.
- Tandem and student jumping in high winds.
- What are the limits in your area?
- High temperatures are also cause to have limits!
- Are instructors relying on pilots to spot?
- Instructors are responsible for the spot.
- Pilots and Instructors need to brief each other before each load.
- Consistency in instruction from one rating holder to the next. (We decided that following the SIM accurately was the easiest way)
- Ask if you don't quite understand something in the SIM. (It can be a bit confusing but it works well when you get the hang of it)
- Check student gear every time it is jumped, including Tandem rigs. (Don't assume that it is in date or airworthy just because it has been used that day)
- Meet and greet students when they arrive, be friendly and talk to them while they are there and say good bye when they leave.
(Give them a positive view of skydiving. We are ambassadors of our sport
- Guidance on USPA policy and requirements and recommendations regarding
safety and training of skydivers
- Information about what's happening at other dropzones in the region
- Information on past, present and future changes USPA has made or is considering making
- Landing pattern, radio protocol, professionalism, consistency in training
- Professional conduct
- Changes to current USPA regulations and BSRs
- Student equipment and control of individual prior to jump
- Canopy Control
- DZ proceedures updates
- Currency requirements
- Advanced training
- DZ policies, changes in any of the instructional ratings
- Getting instructor commands and instructional practices standardized for all instructors at our DZ
- Changing training styles, safety
- Working better together
- Review changes in the SIM
- Review basic lesson planning and dive flow construction
- Review teaching winds aloft
- Review changed procedures for A license or B license proficiency cards
- Review canopy flight priorities and how we want to train for consistently in the pattern and flaring
- Ideas of how to teach landing accuracy
- Review fatality summaries and recommendations from USPA found on the website
- For tandem instructors we review procedures from Strong Enterprises using a TICC syllabus
- Review harness procedures and exit procedures
- Tandem student harnessing (Y mod) for disabled tandem students
- Controlling students on radio in high traffic areas due to spotting
- New B license canopy proficiency card
- Safety in, on, and above the DZ
- Proper paperwork.
- Medical/accident training
- Training tools and methods standardization
- Different techniques of instructing
- Experiences we have had with students/customers
- Gear related issues
- Gear, freefall, canopy, landing, and airplane
- What I listed plus objectives and methods, past experiences with certan students
- DZ quality, and safety
- Instructor selection per student
- What each instructor is looking for, pre-planning the dive
- We set aside two days but constantly discuss through the year
- We discussed the candidates going to the Coaches Course and S/L Instructors Course
- Local Coaches Pre-Course where we help the candidates with any issues they are having in relation to the Courses they will be attending
- We make sure all of the forms they are taking are correct and that they are fully prepared
- Discuss any additions to our S/L and Tandem training we do
- Canopy flight
- Gear and AADs
- Syllabus for staitc line course
- Changes to teaching
- Ground School
- Critiquing each other and how best to approach instructors who fall short
- Retaining first jump students
- What was good and what needed to be improved/modified in our program
- What equipment is needed that we don't have now
- What equipment needs repairs, updates, or modifications
- Discuss noteworthy experiences and the lessons drawn from them
- Set the schedule and assign areas of responsibility for the season
- We cover our DZ policies and procedures
- Review the SIM
- Round table discussion
- Discuss any new things to be implemented to our training program
- Canopy control
- Wind safety limits
- Off airport landings
- Equipment functionality and limits
- Weight and physical limits of students
- Aircraft weight and balance
- Cypres service bulletin
- Upcoming Instructor course
- Packing instruction book, include PD packing, Aerodyne container, and S/L installation/closing instructions
- Control of S/L when student is outside of a/c
- Packing of student gear, develop a more formal testing procedure and sign offs
- Set up training class dates
- Discussion of use of A license cards, long vs short, settled on short form but everyone needs to fill out the logs books with better and more descriptive remarks ( example:completed Cat. E training )
- Question arose regarding A license holders that obtained them some time ago, they need to be made aware of the change to the USPA policy that change on Jan. 1
- DZ maps and special landing areas
- Voted to waiver winds to 19 mph for students
- Radio failure procedure - if there is no tarp visible then NO JUMP
- Staff scheduling
- Customer service and professionalism
- Tandem harness adjustments
- Proper brief and debrief for AFF and coach jumps
- Student progression methods
- Student landing area
- Student emergency procedures