STUDENT HANDBOOK

 


 

 

 

 


©Skydive Cloverdale 1998                                                                                                                 U.S.A. $19.95


First Skydive

Orientation Tandem

 

Introduction

 

Meeting and Greeting for first jump.

Seating arrangements in the aircraft.

Hook up procedures.

Exit procedures include the video person

Movement in aircraft

Foot positioning

Arms Positioning

Legs Positioning

 

Demonstrate the freefall position using you and a volunteer

 

Head back

Arms out and relaxed

Smile

Waving to cameraman (if applicable)

 

Explain that if they are relaxed takes them through a series of turns.

 Freefall time and what occurs at canopy deployment.

 

Explain talking under canopy, steering, braking (pull down 1 2 3 count hands in crotch)

Landing procedures.           Slide in and standup.

 

Remember the two things,

 Relax and enjoy yourself. 

Do not grab instructor’s hands.

 

 

Inform Manifest when you are done.

 

Instructor assisted freefall program

 

Basic Freefall and Parachuting Skills

 

Level 1 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Smooth climb out and stable exit.

Three smooth practice ripcord touches

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5500’

Actual Pull by 4500’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student performs smooth coordinated climb out to poised exit position with instructor

Student checks in with instructor.

Tandem pair arches to achieve stable exit

Student performs heading and altitude check

Student performs 3 PRCT sequences

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude

Student starts pull sequence at 5500’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy

Student identifies landing area

Instructor shows student how to identify setup points and maintain ground track using figure 8 techniques

Set up point and final approach to landing with instructor assistance

Flare

 

Procedures:

 

Practice touch:

 

Check Altitude

Arch

Locate

(Touch with Open Hand)

Arch (to stable freefall position)

Check Altitude.

 

Arm leg awareness sequence:

 

Check Altitude

Relax arms

Squeeze butt forward  (Positive leg pressure)

Check Altitude

 

Canopy checks:

 

Big and rectangular

Flying straight

Slider at least half way down

End cells inflated

No line twist

Controllability (Practice landings and turns)

 


Instructor assisted freefall program

 

Basic Freefall and Parachuting Skills

 

Level 2

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Smooth climb out and stable exit.

1 practice touch

Fwd motion

Hover control

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5500’

Actual Pull by 4500’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student performs smooth coordinated climb out to poised exit position with instructor

Student checks in with instructor.

Tandem pair arches to achieve stable exit

Student performs heading and altitude check

Student performs 1 PRCT sequences

Student performs 4-second fwd motion

Student performs arm leg awareness sequence

Student continues to perform above 2 sequences to 6000’

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude

Student starts pull sequence at 5500’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy

Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques.

Set up point and final approach to landing with instructor assistance

Flare

Instructor shows student how to recover parachute and return to packing area

Instructor shows student how to take off equipment


 

Instructor Assisted Freefall Program:

 

Instructor assisted freefall program

 

Basic Freefall and Parachuting Skills

 

Level 3

 

 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Smooth dive outs and unpoised exit

Turns

Hover control

Altitude Awareness

 Initiate pull sequence at 5500’

Actual Pull by 4500’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student performs smooth coordinated dive out exit with instructor

Student checks in with instructor

Tandem pair de arches to achieve unstable exit

Student performs arch to recover stability

Student performs arm leg awareness sequence

Student performs left 90degree turn

Student performs arm leg awareness sequence

Student Performs right 90 degree turn

Student continues to perform above 4 sequences to 6000’

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude.

Student starts pull sequence at 5500’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy

Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques

Set up point and final approach to landing with minimal instructor assistance

Flare

Instructor shows student how to recover parachute and return to packing area

Instructor shows student how to take off equipment


 

Instructor assisted freefall program

 

Intermediate Freefall and Parachuting Skills

 

Comprehensive Ground School

 

 

Equipment familiarization

Aircraft procedures

Climb out Procedures

Freefall body dynamics

Freefall sequence

Hand and coaching signals

Freefall emergency procedures

Reserve procedures

Canopy control

Landing procedures

Parachute landing falls

 

Written Exam

 

Aviation Safety Tips

 

Illness:

 If you are ill do not skydive

 

Medications:

Do not mix with skydiving

 

Stress

Leads to mistakes

 

Alcohol:

None 8 hours before jumping

 

Fatigue:

Get decent nights sleep

If you are over tired, do not jump

 

Emotions:

Radical emotional swings can lead to lack of attention

 


 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HAND SIGNALS

 

 
 

 


                                                                                                                PULL


 

 

 


                                                CHECK ALTITUDE                      PUSH HIPS FORWARD

 

 

 

   PUSH FEET OUT    Leg pressure   WIDEN UP YOUR LEGS   EASE UP ON    Leg pressure


RELAX ARMS LAZY W          REDOCK   LOOKING GOOD


                                                                                                                                                                                             

 


Written Exam

Name                                                               Date                 1998   

 

 

On the ride to jump altitude, what do you need to protect?                                        

 

What should your equipment receive from the jumpmaster before embarking and before exiting the aircraft?  

 

After climb out and exit count what should you do with your body?                                       

 

If the exit is unstable what should you do?                                                    

 

If you lose contact with your jumpmaster what should you do?                                                                

 

Why do you have an altimeter?                                                                                                       

 

What is the maximum amount of time that should pass between altimeter readings?              seconds                

 

If you lose track of altitude what do you do?

 

What are the three priorities on any freefall skydive?

 

 1                                            

 

2.                                                                            

 

3.                                                                                                                            

 

Who is responsible for activating your parachutes?                                    

Explain the 4 steps for activating your main parachute?

1                                             

 

2                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

3                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

4                                             

 

What is the minimum altitude to start your main deployment procedures?                              

What are your visual checks for a good parachute?

 

1                                                             

 

2                                                             

 

3                                                             

 

4                                                             

 

5                                                             

 

 

After you are satisfied with your visual checks what is the next check?

                                                                                               

 

If your main canopy is not big and rectangular what should you do?                                                                      

 

If your main canopy is spinning what do you do?                                                                        

 

If you have line twist what do you do?                                                           

 

If your slider is not at least half way down what do you do?                                                      

 

If your end cells are closed what do you do?                                                                

 

If your main parachute is not controllable what do you do?                                                                       

 

Please explain the 3 steps in activating your reserve parachute

 

1                                                                                             

 

2.                                                                                            

 

3.                                                                                            

If you activate your reserve, do you do the same canopy checks as your main canopy?                     

 

Does your reserve parachute operate in a similar fashion as your main parachute?                               

 

What is the minimum decision altitude to activate your reserve?                                              

 

Who is responsible for your reserve procedures?                                                        

 

If you pull the cutaway handle what happens to the main parachute?                                                      

 

If the main parachute is separated from you what do you do?                                                                   

 

Can you cut away your reserve?                                      

 

After determining that you have a controllable parachute what should you then locate?                                                     

 

Please draw a diagram of the airport runway and the primary landing area, Indicate secondary landing areas as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a student maximum wind speeds?                                     

 

How do you stall a parachute?                                                         

 

How do you recover a stall?                                                             

 

What is a setup point?                                                                                                                       

 

What is a good altitude to be at above your setup point?                          

 

Which direction should you be facing in terms of the wind between setup pt and landing?                                                

 

What is the only reason you should not face the wind for landing?                                                                         

 

Are gentle turns allowed below 200’?                             

 

Who is responsible for guiding the parachute for a safe landing?                                                             

 

When do you stop steering the parachute?                                                                                   

 

What happens to your parachute when you pull the left toggle?                                                                              

 

What is the approximate ideal altitude to flare your parachute?                                                                 

 

If for some reason you can not locate or land at the designated drop zone what should you do?

                                                                                                                                                               

If you are landing in an area with obstacles what is your primary job

                                                                                                                                                               

What do the initials  P.L.F mean?

                                                                                                               

Why are you taught to P.L.F?

                                                                                                               

What position should your feet and knees be at when landing?                                                                                                               

 

Why should you obtain a wind briefing before you jump?                                                                                         

 

Have you practiced your freefall sequence?                                                  

 

Have you practiced you freefall and malfunction emergency procedures?                                              

 

How often should you practice these?                                                                           

 

Who is ultimately responsible for the safety of your skydive?                                                  

 

When does your skydive start?                                       

 

When does your skydive end?                                        

 

Can you skydive when taking medications and/or alcohol?                       

 

Should you skydive when you are stressed or fatigued?                            

Are you satisfied with the quality of your instruction?                                               

 

If you have any doubts or questions who should you ask?                                                                                       

 

I have received adequate instruction,  in learning how to parachute jump and have had all questions answered to my satisfaction.

 

 

 

Signed :                                              Date:  

 

Intermediate Freefall and Parachuting Skills

 

Level 4

 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Good smooth Climb out and stable exit.

Three smooth practice ripcord touches

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5500’

Actual Pull by 4500’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing.

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student performs smooth coordinated climb out to poised exit position with instructor

Student checks in with instructor.

Student instructor pair arches to achieve stable exit

Student performs arm leg awareness sequence

Student performs 3 PRCT Sequences

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude.

Student starts pull sequence at 5500’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy.

.Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques.

Set up point and final approach to landing with radio assistance when required

Flare,

Student recovers and returns equipment to appropriate areas


 

 

Intermediate Freefall and Parachuting Skills

 

 

Level 5

 

 

 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Good smooth Climb out and stable exit.

1 Practice touch if required Fwd motion

Hover control

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5500’

Actual Pull by 4500’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing.

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student performs smooth coordinated climb out to poised exit position with instructor

Student checks in with instructor.

Student performs exit count.

Student arches to achieve stable exit

Student performs heading and altitude check

Student performs 1 PRCT Sequences if required

Student performs 4-second fwd motion

Student performs arm leg awareness sequence

Student performs 90 Degree left turn

Student performs arm leg awareness sequence

Student performs 90-Degree right turn

Student performs arm leg awareness sequence

Student continues to perform above sequences to 6000’

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude.

Student starts pull sequence at 5500’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy.

.Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques.

Set up point and final approach to landing with radio assistance when required

Flare,

Student recovers and returns equipment to appropriate areas

 


 

 

Intermediate Freefall and Parachuting Skills

 

Level 6

 

Watch Skydive University Canopy Control Video Module 5

 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Good smooth Climb out and stable exit.

Hover control

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5500’

Actual Pull by 4500’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing.

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student watches spot 

Student performs smooth coordinated climb out to poised exit position with instructor

Student checks in with instructor.

Student instructor pair arches to achieve stable exit

Student performs arm leg awareness sequence

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude.

Student starts pull sequence at 5500’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy.

.Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques.

Set up point and final approach to landing Flare,

Student recovers and returns equipment to appropriate areas

 


 

 

 

Intermediate Freefall and Parachuting skills

 

Level 7

Watch Skydive U canopy control video module 6

 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Good smooth Climb out and stable exit.

 Start and stop 90-degree turns

Fwd motion

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5500’

Actual Pull by 4500’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing.

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student performs smooth coordinated climb out to poised exit position with instructor

Student checks in with instructor.

Student arches to achieve stable exit

Student performs 90-Degree right turn

Student performs 4-second fwd motion

Student performs 90 Degree left turn

Student performs 90-Degree right turn

Student continues to perform above sequences to 6000’

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude.

Student starts pull sequence at 5500’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy.

.Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques.

Set up point and final approach to landing Flare,

Student recovers and returns equipment to appropriate areas


Graduate Progression Program

 

Advanced  Freefall and Parachuting skills

 

 

Level 1

Watch Skydive U canopy control video module 7

 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Good smooth Climb out and stable solo exit.

 Start and stop 360-degree turns

Fwd motion

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5500’

Actual Pull by 4500’

Canopy checks (5)

Control of canopy to safe landing.

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student Spots Aircraft

Student performs smooth coordinated climb out to poised exit position

Student checks in with instructor.

Student arches to achieve stable exit

Student performs 360-Degree right turn

Student performs 4-second fwd motion

Student performs 360 Degree left turn

Student continues to perform above sequences to 6000’

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude.

Student starts pull sequence at 5500’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy.

.Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques.

Set up point and final approach to landing Flare,

Student recovers and returns equipment to appropriate areas

 


Phase 2

 

Advanced  Freefall and Parachuting skills

 

Level 2

 

 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

Good smooth Climb out and stable solo exit.

 Backloops

Delta /Track

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5000’

Actual Pull by 4000’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing.

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student Spots Aircraft

Student performs smooth coordinated climb out to poised exit position

Student checks in with instructor.

Student arches to achieve stable exit

Student Backloops and recovers.

Backloops are not to be performed below 8000 ft

Student practices delta and tracking

Student continues to perform above sequences to 6000’

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude.

Student starts pull sequence at 5000’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy.

.Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques.

Set up point and final approach to landing Flare,

Student recovers and returns equipment to appropriate areas

 


 

 

Advanced  Freefall and Parachuting skills

Level 3

 

 

Targeted Learning Objectives:

 

 

Good smooth Dive out solo exit.

 

 Backloops

Left and right turns

Delta /Track

Altitude Awareness

Initiate pull sequence at 5000’

Actual Pull by 4000’

Canopy checks (6)

Control of canopy to safe landing.

 

Skydive Sequence:

 

Student performs all duties required to jumpmaster self.

Student Spots Aircraft

Student checks in with instructor

Student performs smooth coordinated dive out.

Student arches to achieve stable exit

Student Backloops and recovers.

Student performs left and right turn

Backloops are not to be performed below 8000 ft

Student practices delta and tracking

Student continues to perform above sequences to 6000’

Student maintains proper body position and attention to altitude.

Initiate pull sequence at 4500’

Actual pull by 4000’

Student performs 6 checks for a good canopy.

.Student identifies landing area

Student identifies setup points and maintains ground track using figure 8 techniques.

Set up point and final approach to landing Flare,

Student recovers and returns equipment to appropriate areas

Student cleared to jumpmaster himself on solo freefall


 

 

 

 

    Your next step is to improve your Freefall relative work skills and to be comfortable in flying your body. In close proximity to other skydivers.

 

   The program set out here is designed to help you meet your goals. Use these as guidelines, if you are doing well increase the complexity of the formations, if you are struggling slowly down.

 

Level 4. 

 

 Relative flight. (Falling straight down in the same column of air).

Formation: 2 way star.

·         This is designed to improve fall rate, proximity, and heading control.

·         Coach sets stable base.  Student maintains eye contact; altitude awareness and matches fall rate. Students should make redocks with fingertip grips. (Do not reach).

 

Variation:  Coach increases and decreases fall rate.

 

Level 5

 

Side slides. (Varying lateral movement).

Formation Star, Open Accordion.

·         This is designed to maintain proximity while making on heading lateral movement.

·         Coach sets up base, Student docks star, then left hand open accordion then right hand open accordion, Keep working till break off altitude, if formation goes awry start sequence again from star.

 

Level 6

 

Orbiting.

Formations: Star, Open accordion, side dock, offset cat, cat,

For fun vary the formations around the orbit. E.g.: star, cat. Side dock, side dock.

 

It’s not a good idea to plan the jump with more than 2 different formations. That way you are concentrating on your flying rather than different formation designs.

 

Level 7 

 

Formations. Round Doughnut, Tee, Diamond, and The HERO slot.

·         Objective to enable student to do Side shots and back shots

·         This is designed to improve fall rate, proximity, and heading control.

Student maintains eye contact, altitude awareness and matches fall rate, practicing head switches student presents grips from base position, and Coach redocks

 

 

Mastery of these skills will enable you to fly your slot in almost every size and shape formation.

 

Important things to remember

 

 

·         The skydive starts when you put on your equipment and ends when you have safely landed and taken off your equipment.

 

·         F.A.A Regulations days require your reserve to be repacked by a certified parachute rigger every 120.

 

·         F.A.A Regulations require that seat belts be worn during taxi, takeoffs and landings.

 

·         Approach the aircraft from the rear. Beware of propeller blades.

 

·         Learn to fly linked exits in different slots and try working at subterminal.

 

·         Keys should be designed to be clearly seen or felt. Work according to your abilities. Design your skydives so that you consistently push your flying envelope, Don’t hang on grips. Use non-momentum docks.

 

·         Maintain eye contact, altitude awareness, appropriate break off altitudes, proper separation during deployments, situational awareness.

·         Practice spotting including looking for potential hazards and other aircraft.

·         On each jump practice gear checks, main and reserve deployment procedures ,

·         . Under canopy look before you turn. Keep track of other jumpers and aircraft. Preplan you’re landing patterns.

·          

Have fun skydiving

 But above all do it safely.


 

Novice skydives

 

Phase III Novice Skydives

 

Congratulations on completion of phase II.

You are now free to solo, However you will still be enhancing your freefall and parachuting skills

Even though you cleared to “Jumpmaster “ yourself, you are required to check in with your instructor before and after your skydive.

Please bring your skydive plans and logbook with you so that you instructor can check and give you any required assistance.

Some maneuvers to learn and practice in your solo skydive.

Stable delay front and back to earth.

Front and back loops.

Left and right barrel rolls.

Stand up and sit downs, delta and tracking.

Head downs and dives.

Left and right turns.

Half series and full series.

Under canopy remember to look before you turn.

Practice your canopy control and accuracy.

 

Pull altitude and other critical altitudes should be determined by using a combination of visual reference to the ground and to an altimeter.

An altimeter should be set to zero at the intended landing site.

Cross check the altimeter reading with other altimeters in the aircraft and at key altitudes during the climb to altitude.

Minor differences in indicated altitude are to be expected. 

An altimeter is a delicate instrument.  Treat it with care.

 

 


 

 

 

 

A License Requirements

 

Persons holding a USPA A license are able to jumpmaster themselves ,pack there own main parachute ,as perform basic relative work

 

Skydivers Information Manual Required

 

Complete 20 freefall jumps including 3 controlled freefalls longer than 40 seconds and have obtained 5 minutes of freefall.

Landed within 20 meters of target center

Able to hold a heading

Make 360-degree turns left and right

demonstrated the ability to safely jumpmaster themselves including being able to select proper exits and opening points.

demonstrated the ability to pack there own mains and conduct appropriate safety checks

documentation of unintentional water jump training from a USPA Instructor

Demonstrated the ability to safely engage in relative work by :

·         Performing satisfactory door exits

·         Varying both horizontal movement and vertical movement

·         Participated in at least three 2 way  RW jumps

·         Moving horizontally away from other skydivers in freefall and checking the air so the parachute may be deployed without creating a danger of collision  with other skydivers and keeping track of other canopies in order to avoid a collision

Pass a written exam.Pricing information for

 

                                                               


Comprehensive Ground school

 

Offered during the week                                                                                     $ 99

Includes

Free. Skydive Cloverdale student handbook.

Free 90 day USPA membership USPA membership supplies you with  $ 50 000 3rd party Liability insurance

Accident and medical insurance available from USPA

One free equipment rental, main pack helmet altimeter jumpsuit rental with your comprehensive ground school If done within 30 days of your last Instructor assisted freefall program skydive

 

Prices based per skydive.

 

Instructor assisted freefall program                                                                  $149

Graduate progression program                                                                          $149        Skydive Monday to Friday receive discount

Novice skydives                                                                                                  $ 69

Equipment familiarization course                                                                       $ 49

Souvenir video                                                                                                     $ 89

Ground instruction $50 per hour Included in above services

 

Equipment Rentals

 

Aerodynamic decelerator. Includes free main parachute pack     $ 29

Consists of Harness/container system. Main ram air parachute. Reserve ram air parachute

 

Goggles                                                                                                 $ 5

Jumpsuit                                                                                                $   5

Altimeter                                                                                                $   5

Helmet                                                                                                    $   5

Radios                                                                                                    N/C

Lift ticket                                                                                               $ 25

Rigging rates                                                                                        Check rigging fee schedule

Rigging Insurance                                                                               $ 9

Only covers repack and harness container system damages

 

Cypress activation                                                                               $ 299

Main ripcord Handles                                                                         $ 19.99

Replacement student manual                                                             $ 19.99

 

Basics of parachute packing

Includes packing accessory kit.                                                        $99

Packing accessory kit                                                                          $5

Line Stow bands Pull-up cord Spare closing loop grommet washer and hearing protection

Video rentals per week                                                                        $

 

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  Additional Resources:

Watch Skydive University Canopy Control Video