Thursday, January 18, 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

Alabama
Skydive The South
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Skydive Monterey Bay
Skydive San Diego
Connecticut
Connecticut Parachutists, Inc
Delaware
Skydive Delmarva, Inc. (4/01)
Florida
Skydive City Zephyrhills (3/3)
Georgia
Skydive Georgia
Skydive Monroe
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kansas State University Parachute Club
Kentucky
Skydive Kentucky
Maine
Michigan
Skydive Tecumseh (3/31)
Minnesota

 

Missouri
Flight Providers
GliderSports Skydiving
Skydive Kansas City
Nebraska
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
Skydive Paraclete XP (3/17)
New York
Skydive Finger Lakes (3/31)
WNYSkydiving (3/3)
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Jump TN
Skydive East Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Skydive Orange
Virginia Skydiving Center
Washington
Kapowsin Air Sports
Skydive Snohomish, Inc.
Wisconsin
Skydive Milwaukee
Belgium
Skydive Spa (2/25)
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
Hungary
Italy
Namibia
Romania
Spain

Other
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)
Rapid Descent Skydiving (MO)

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!

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 lsmith@uslogo.net; (316) 264-1321

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