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Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track
The Rating Corner | September 2020

Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track

Jim Rees | D-13359

For jumpers, earning a judge rating can be another means of progress and personal development within the sport.

Author: Jim Rees
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Rating Corner | How to Write an Incident Report
The Rating Corner | August 2020

Rating Corner | How to Write an Incident Report

By Ron Bell

A good incident report gives a thorough account of what happened without glossing over unsavory information or leaving out crucial facts.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive
The Rating Corner | July 2020

Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive

By Michael Wadkins

Tandem skydiving has been instrumental in promoting and growing our sport; it brings both revenue and new skydivers to our DZs.

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Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks
The Rating Corner | June 2020

Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks

Sometime over the past 10-15 years—probably due to the advent of phone apps, manifest programs and digital altimeters that track jumps—many jumpers developed an indifferent or apathetic attitude toward formally logging jumps.

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Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?
The Rating Corner | May 2020

Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?

By Ray Lallo

USPA Instructor Examiners often encounter questions as to what constitutes a rating-renewal seminar. And they often receive blank stares followed by crickets when they ask, “What did you do for your rating-renewal seminar?”

Author: Ray Lallo
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Rating Corner | D-License Changes
The Rating Corner | April 2012, April 2001, April 2020

Rating Corner | D-License Changes

By Michael Wadkins

For years, the USPA Board of Directors heard feedback from members who felt that the night-jump requirement for the USPA D License was outdated. The number of night-jump waivers submitted by applicants to the Safety & Training Committee attest to this fact.

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Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities
The Rating Corner | March 2020

Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities

By Ron Bell

As a Safety and Training Advisor, it’s important to take a leadership role during your drop zone’s Safety Day activities.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities for Jump Pilots
The Rating Corner | March 2020

Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities for Jump Pilots

By Randy Ottinger

Safety Day presents the perfect opportunity to strengthen the relationship between jump pilots and skydivers.

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Rating Corner | Safety Day Forums on Emergencies Below 2,000 Feet
The Rating Corner | February 2020

Rating Corner | Safety Day Forums on Emergencies Below 2,000 Feet

By Michael Wadkins

USPA Safety Day is just around the corner—on March 14—and most DZs are gearing up for the event.

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Rating Corner | Normalizing Excellence
The Rating Corner | January 2020

Rating Corner | Normalizing Excellence

By Ron Bell

Studies have shown that the individuals deviating from standard protocols don’t set out to break the rules.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving
The Rating Corner | November 2019

Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

If you’re instructing AFF students, you are engaging in formation skydiving.

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Rating Corner | PRO-Rating Changes
The Rating Corner | October 2019

Rating Corner | PRO-Rating Changes

By Ron Bell

At its summer board meeting in Arlington, Virginia, the USPA Board approved significant changes to Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 7-2—Professional Exhibition Rating.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | Defining a Freefall Skydive
The Rating Corner | September 2019

Rating Corner | Defining a Freefall Skydive

By Ron Bell

At its summer 2018 meeting, the USPA Board of Directors adjusted the requirements for students obtaining A licenses to align with requirements for Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale Certificates of Proficiency.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | Clarifying Goals for Early AFF Jumps
The Rating Corner | July 2019

Rating Corner | Clarifying Goals for Early AFF Jumps

By Jen Sharp

As an AFF instructor, it’s important to present clear, measurable, succinct and, of course, correct goals for your students, particularly during this initial phase. Do you know what those goals are?

Author: Jen Sharp
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Rating Corner | Incident Reporting is Crucial!
The Rating Corner | June 2019

Rating Corner | Incident Reporting is Crucial!

By Ron Bell

The USPA incident reporting system has been due for a significant overhaul for some time now, and it is getting one. USPA members reported 4,277 reserve rides and 2,147 injuries that required medical care in 2018, but USPA received only 29 incident reports. Sit back for a moment and imagine the lessons lost to the skydiving community when all it would have taken is for each of those jumpers to have spent 10 minutes filling out a short report.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | What is Designated AFF Evaluator? A True-or-False Quiz
The Rating Corner | May 2019

Rating Corner | What is Designated AFF Evaluator? A True-or-False Quiz

There are plenty of misconceptions about designated evaluators, those jumpers who assist AFF instructor examiners by performing currency and course evaluation jumps. Quiz yourself to see how your understanding stacks up to reality.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Rating Corner | Recent Changes
The Rating Corner | April 2019

Rating Corner | Recent Changes

By Ron Bell

Several changes that came out of the February 1-3 USPA Board meeting in Dallas, Texas, affect USPA rating holders.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | Who Does What?
The Rating Corner | March 2019

Rating Corner | Who Does What?

By Jen Sharp

How do the best competitors in our sport reach success? Teamwork: individuals combining efforts to achieve a common purpose. Teamwork works best when each member understands their part in the whole. So, in the case of skydiving instruction, who does what?

Author: Jen Sharp
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Rating Corner | Steps for Promoting Safety
The Rating Corner | February 2019

Rating Corner | Steps for Promoting Safety

By Ron Bell

In the real world of skydiving, people who are coaches, instructors and role models have their own personal experiences, training backgrounds and motivations. Achieving common safety objectives and targets instead of operating as a group of individuals without a common purpose requires an interactive process. Using a Plan–Do–Check–Act process can provide the structure and commonality needed to get everyone on the same page and working together. Like a circle that has no end, the PDCA cycle requires repetition for continuous improvement. When using PDCA for safety initiatives, you, the instructional rating holder, have a crucial part to play.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | Currency Jumps
The Rating Corner | January 2019

Rating Corner | Currency Jumps

By Jim Crouch

Real life often gets in the way of skydiving, and jumpers may find themselves away from the sport for 61 days, 30 years or something in between. One of the regular tasks of USPA Coaches and Instructors is to help these jumpers knock off the rust and get back in the air. Every jumper’s situation will be different, so it requires the instructional staff to create a training plan unique to each individual.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Rating Corner | Improving Your Speech Habits
The Rating Corner | December 2018

Rating Corner | Improving Your Speech Habits

by Jen Sharp

One of the simplest ways to become a stronger instructor and a better leader is to change ineffective speech patterns. Three common habits can cause a noticeable lack of clarity. Once coaches and instructors correct these habits, they instantly add power and confidence to their lessons.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Rating Corner | Using the ISP
The Rating Corner | November 2018

Rating Corner | Using the ISP

by Jim Crouch

Section 4 of the Skydiver’s Information Manual contains the Integrated Student Program, now in its 18th year as the progression that USPA recommends for students working toward the A license. It is a very detailed program, which can make it look intimidating to the casual observer, but it’s actually easy to implement and use. The program makes it simple to track exactly what students have completed and what they still need to accomplish as they work through each of the tasks required for the USPA A license.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Rating Corner | Wind-Tunnel Training And The First Skydive
The Rating Corner | October 2018

Rating Corner | Wind-Tunnel Training And The First Skydive

by Jim Crouch

At the July 13-15 USPA Board meeting in Milwaukee, the board passed a motion to change the Basic Safety Requirements regarding accelerated freefall student training. The new language spells out the minimum requirements for students who train in wind tunnels before they make their first jumps with only one AFF instructor.

Author: Deborah
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The Rating Corner | September 2018

Rating Corner | Examiner Standardization Meetings

by Jim Crouch

In 2017, USPA conducted five standardization meetings for all current AFF instructor examiners and tandem instructor examiners, as well as those pursuing an examiner rating or attending purely for educational purposes. This was USPA’s first attempt at hosting the AFF and tandem meetings in one location and condensing the length of each discipline’s meeting to one day instead of two. The meetings went well, but the shorter meetings meant leaving out a lot of valuable information and discussion.

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Rating Corner | August 2018

Rating Corner | Guiding New Graduates

By Jim Crouch

Have you ever spent months working with a student, ensuring that you covered each category and transferred the necessary knowledge and skills, then proudly stamped the A-license card and watched in disbelief as he ran off to sign up for a 10-way speedstar competition with a freshly mounted GoPro on his helmet?

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Rating Corner | July 2018

Rating Corner | License and Rating Paperwork

by Jim Crouch

Skydiving coaches, instructors and instructor examiners would much rather spend time in the air skydiving than on the ground handling paperwork. While this is understandable (hey, nobody likes to fill out forms, right?), each rating holder’s administrative responsibilities are extremely important. 

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Rating Corner | June 2018

Rating Corner | A Wake-Up Call

By Jim Crouch

Last August, two tandem double fatalities occurred just a week apart. The details for both of those tragic accidents can be found in “Incident Reports” in this issue of Parachutist. While the casual observer may not see a correlation between the two accidents, they should be a flashing neon warning sign that screams for every tandem examiner, Safety and Training Advisor and drop zone operator to regularly review staff members’ tandem procedures.

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Rating Corner | May 2018

Rating Corner | Rule Changes Affecting Rating Holders

by Jim Crouch

Several changes that came out of the March 2-4 USPA Board meeting in San Antonio, Texas, affect USPA rating holders.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Rating Corner | Running the Radio
The Rating Corner | April 2018

Rating Corner | Running the Radio

by Jim Crouch

If you ever need a quick and easy way to make every coach and instructor in the hangar run away and hide, just yell, “I need someone to handle the student radio!”

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Rating Corner | March 2018

Marijuana Use

by Jim Crouch

Each year, more states legalize marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. As the use of pot continues to gain acceptance around the country, the skydiving community needs to be aware that it may lead to some issues with students, licensed jumpers and instructional rating holders. 

Author: Jim Crouch
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