Friday, October 19, 2018

Safety Day

March 10, 2018

In early spring, the skydiving season for much of the country is just crawling out of hibernation. Most skydivers don’t jump through the cold months as often as they do in the summer, and their skills are a bit rusty. That’s when Safety Day comes. Safety Day is typically held on the second Saturday in March; however, some drop zones hold it on alternate dates. Established in 1997 from an idea by Patti Chernis, Safety Day provides a worldwide forum at local drop zones to prepare jumpers for the year ahead. Safety Day promotes safety programs and helps inform jumpers of new developments and review important information and procedures. Activities typically include hands-on review and practice of safety procedures, seminars from skydiving operation professionals and experts, equipment evaluations and more. Most days end with a social get together. USPA encourages all jumpers of all experience levels to attend. Every drop zone should host Safety Day.

Participating Drop Zones

Skydive Alabama
Skydive The South
Alaska Skydive Center (4/08)
Paragon Skydive
Skydive Arizona
Skydive Fayetteville
Bay Area Skydiving
Madera Parachute Center
SkyDance SkyDiving
Skydive California
Skydive Hollister (3/03)
Skydive Golden Gate
Skydive Monterey Bay
Skydive San Diego
Skydive Taft
Out of the Blue Skydiving (4/07)
Connecticut Parachutists, Inc
Skydive Danielson (3/31)
Skydive Delmarva, Inc. (4/14)
Skydive City Zephyrhills (3/03)
Skydive Palatka
Skydive Southwest Florida (3/11)
Skydive Spaceland Clewiston
World Skydiving Center (3/24)
Jump Georgia Skydiving
Skydive Atlanta
Skydive Georgia
Skydive Monroe
Skydive Spaceland-Atlanta
The Jumping Place
Pacific Skydiving Center
Sky Down Skydiving
Skydive Idaho/DZONE Skydiving (3/31)
Chicagoland Skydiving Center (3/25)
Illinois Skydiving Center
Skydive Chicago (3/16)
Jerry's Skydiving Circus
Skydive Windy City (4/21)
Des Moines Skydivers
Kansas State University Parachute Club
Skydive Kentucky
Skydive Louisiana (3/17)
Skydive New England (4/07)
Skydive Pepperell (4/07)
Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club
Skydive Allegan (4/07)
Skydive Tecumseh (3/31)
Skydive Adventures
Flight Providers
GliderSports Skydiving
Skydive Kansas City
Crete Skydiving Center
Lincoln Sport Parachute Club
Nebraska Skydive School


Skydive Fyrosity (3/24)
New Jersey
Skydive Cross Keys
Skydive Sussex (4/21)
New Mexico
Skydive New Mexico
New York
The Blue Sky Ranch (3/31)
Frontier Skydivers
Rochester Skydivers (3/17)
Skydive Central New York (4/07)
Skydive Finger Lakes (3/31)
WNYSkydiving (3/03)
North Carolina
Skydive Little Washington
Skydive Paraclete XP (3/17)
North Dakota
Skydive Fargo!
AerOhio Skydiving
Canton Air Sports
Cleveland Skydiving Center (3/24)
Start Skydiving (3/03)
Skydive Rick’s (3/25)
Oklahoma Skydiving Center
Skydive Airtight
Skydive Awesome!
Skydive Oregon
Pacific Northwest Skydiving Center
Above the Poconos Skydivers (3/30)
Skydive Pennsylvania
Sky's the Limit Skydiving Center
South Carolina
Flying Tigers SPC
Skydive Carolina (3/03)
Skydive Coastal Carolinas
Jump TN
Skydive East Tennessee
Skydive Tennessee
Skydive San Marcos
Skydive South Texas
Skydive Spaceland-Dallas
Skydive Spaceland-Houston
Skydive Ogden
Skydive Utah (3/03)
Skydive Orange
Skydive Shenandoah (3/24)
Skydive Suffolk
Virginia Skydiving Center
Green Mountain Skydiving
Vermont Skydiving Adventures (4/14)
Kapowsin Air Sports
Skydive Chelan (2/17)
Skydive Snohomish, Inc.
West Plains Skydiving "The Ritz"
West Virginia
West Virginia Skydivers (4/07)
Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, WI
Skydive Midwest (3/31)
Skydive Milwaukee
Skydive Wissota
Skydive Spa (2/25)
Skydive Sofia (4/13)
Parachutisme Adrenaline (4/13)
Skydive Gananoque (3/25)
Skydive Vancouver
Czech Republic
Dropzone Prostejov
Skydive Pink Klatovy (3/03)
Dropzone Denmark
Skydive Karjala (4/07)
Alimarche Skydive Fano (4/14)
Skydive Cuautla (3/03)
Swakopmund Skydiving Club (2/10)
Olimpic Skydive
Skydive Portugal (3/23)
Skydive Qatar (3/08)
TNT Brothers, Romania (3/25)
Skydive Lillo
The following DZs are not current USPA Group Member or Foreign Affiliate Drop Zones, but have indicated they will be hosting a USPA Safety Day event.

Albatros Paracaidisimo (2/17) (MX)
Estonian Skydiving Center (EE)
Explore Freefall (IN)
Go Fly Paraquedismo (BRA)
Mid-America Sport Parachute Club (IL)
Orange Skies Free Fall Center (3/17) (CO)
Paraquedismo Sky Company - BRASIL
Rapid Descent Skydiving (MO)
SKY COMPANY - Boituva - Brazil
Skydive Bozeman/DZONE Skydiving (5/18)
Skydive Cincinnati (OH)
Skydive Greene County (OH)
Skydive Geronimo (LA)
Skydive Nawlins (3/31) (LA)
Skyhigh (IN)
West Tennessee Skydiving (TN)

Plan For Safety Day At Your DZ

  1. Announce to your jumpers that your DZ is hosting a Safety Day.
    You may want to offer incentives to boost attendance. Many DZs offer free or discounted jump tickets, free food, discounted reserve pack jobs, door prizes, or any combination. And plan a party for afterward.
  2. Select a suitable location.
    Think comfort. If the hangar won't be warm or large enough, consider a restaurant, school gym, motel, or veteran's lodge. Anticipate a good turnout and be sure you have room for lectures, training-harness drills, and rig inspections.
  3. Put a training syllabus and staff together.
    Feel free to use the training ideas included here, which involve the four modules or stations below, with just some ideas on content.
    Gear Check and Review— Have jumpers inspect their rigs with a rigger. Check closing loops and flaps, pilot chute snugness and condition, velcro, three-ring condition, RSL routing, AAD compliance with battery and factory check, etc.
    Skydiving Emergency Review and Drills— Review all types of problems, reinforce altitude awareness, discuss disorientation, practice in a suspended harness.
    Canopy Flight and Landing Patterns—Use aerial photos to show acceptable and unacceptable outs, review hazards, establish or review landing patterns, and discuss canopy handling toward preventing low-turn accidents.
    Aircraft Procedures and Emergencies—Review exit order and loading procedures, seat belt and weight and balance concerns, spotting procedures, visibility minimums and cloud clearances, air traffic control requirements, and aircraft emergency scenarios.
  4. Don't forget the PR.
    Give recognition to those who turn out and those who teach. Remember that many local news organizations may want to provide news coverage. Take pictures and send them with a brief write-up to Parachutist. And consider that the skydivers who don't participate may need more of your staff's attention when the season kicks in.

Like skydiving, Safety Day is also about fun. It certainly won't be hard to encourage jumpers to get together at the end of the day's activities for some mid-winter socializing. Make sure to include that in your Safety Day plan, too!

Submit Safety Day Write-Up

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Register Your DZ For Safety Day

Safety Day T-Shirts

Cost: $4.25 each (add $2 for XXL) plus shipping (no quantity requirements). For orders of 12 or more shirts, drop zones can add their logos to the sleeves at $1.50 more per shirt.

Order Deadline: February 28 for events held on March 10—or at least two weeks in advance of your alternative event date

Contact: Lynne Smith at; (316) 264-1321


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