Saturday, May 30, 2020

Safety Day

March 14, 2020

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.

Register Your DZ For Safety Day

Safety Day T-Shirts

Cost
$6 each S-XL (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 24 for events held on March 14—or at least two weeks in advance of your alternative event date. Orders received after may incur additional charges.
 

Contact
Lynne Smith at lsmith@uslogo.net; (316) 264-1321

 

Submit Safety Day Write-Up

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Chesley H. Judy Award

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Participating Drop Zones

Alabama
Skydive Alabama
Alaska
Alaska Skydive Center (4/7)
Arizona
Skydive Arizona
Skydive Phoenix
Arkansas
Skydive Fayetteville
California
SkyDance SkyDiving
Skydive California
Skydive Coastal California
Skydive Elsinore
Skydive Hollister
Skydive Monterey Bay
Skydive Perris
Skydive San Diego (3/22)
Colorado
Orange Skies Freefall Center (3/12)
Connecticut
Connecticut Parachutists, Inc (3/21)
Delaware
Florida
Skydive City Zephyrhills (5/16)
Skydive Palatka
Skydive Spaceland Clewiston
Georgia
Skydive Atlanta
Skydive Georgia
The Jumping Place
Hawaii
Idaho
Sky Down Skydiving
Illinois
Mid-America Sport Parachute Club
Skydive Chicago (4/3)
Indiana
Jerry's Skydiving Circus
Skydive Indianapolis (4/4)
Skydive Windy City (3/29)
Iowa
Des Moines Skydivers
Kansas
Kansas State University Parachute Club
Kentucky
Skydive Kentucky
Louisiana
Cloud Chasers Skydiving (3/21)
Maine
Skydive New England (4/18)
Massachusetts
Jumptown Skydiving (4/18)
Pepperell Skydiving Center (4/11)
Michigan
Skydive Allegan (4/4)
Skydive Grand Haven (3/28)
Skydive Tecumseh (3/21)
Minnesota
Missouri
GliderSports Skydiving
Skydive Kansas City
Nebraska
Lincoln Sport Parachute Club

 

Nevada
Skydive Fyrosity
New Jersey
Skydive Cross Keys
Skydive Sussex (4/4)
New Mexico
Skydive New Mexico (3/7)
New York
Skydive the Falls (3/21)
Skydive the Ranch (3/21)
WNYSkydiving (3/21)
North Carolina
Skydive Little Washington (3/7)
Skydive Paraclete XP
North Dakota
Skydive Fargo! (3/28)
Ohio
Alliance SPC/Skydive Rick’s (3/21)
Canton Air Sports
Skydive Cincinnati
Start Skydiving (3/7)
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Skydiving Center
Oregon
Skydive Awesome! (3/21)
Skydive Oregon
Pacific Northwest Skydiving Center
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Skydive Carolina (3/7)
South Dakota
Skydive Adventures
Tennessee
Jump TN
Skydive East Tennessee
Skydive Tennessee
West Tennessee Skydiving
Texas
Skydive Spaceland-Dallas
Skydive Spaceland-Houston
Skydive Spaceland San Marcos
Skydive Temple (3/21)
Utah
Skydive Moab
Skydive Ogden
Skydive Utah (3/28)
Vermont
Vermont Skydiving Adventures (4/18)
Virginia
Skydive Orange (3/7)
Skydive Suffolk
Virginia Skydiving Center (3/21)
Washington
Kapowsin Air Sports
Rattlesnake Mountain Skydiving
West Plains Skydiving "The Ritz"
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Skydive Milwaukee
Wisconsin Skydiving Center (4/11)
U.S. Territories
Skydive Puerto Rico (3/20)
Belgium
Brazil
Go Fly Paraquedismo
Sky Company Clube e Escola de Paraquedismo
WOW Paraquedismo
Bulgaria
Skydive Sofia (2/23)
Canada
Skydive Vancouver
China
Colombia
Skydive Colombia (4/10)
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Dropzone Prostejov (3/7)
Skydive Pink Klatovy (3/7)
Denmark
Dropzone Denmark (3/7)
Finland
Skydive Karjala
Greece
Hungary
India
Skyhigh India (3/8)
Italy
Alimarche Skydive Fano (4/18)
Japan
Mexico
Paracadismo Lago (3/20)
Skydive Cuautla
Morocco
Skydive Taroudant (2/29)
Namibia
Poland
Skydive Warszawa (3/21)
Portugal
Skydive Portugal (2/9)
Romania
Skydive Transilvania (3/28)
TNT Brothers (3/22)
Russia
Skydive Vatulino (4/4)
Slovenia
Spain
Ukraine
SWS Academy
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.

A.B. Alcantarilla
Colorado Mountain Skydive
DZ Chayka (3/16)
DZ Kherson (3/18)
Madrid Fly

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!

Nominate A Chesley H. Judy Safety Award Recipient

Be sure to nominate a recipient for the Chesley H. Judy Safety Award as part of your Safety Day activities. Each year, the S&TA and drop zone owner selects a worthy recipient who, in the previous year through example, deed, training, or innovation, has promoted safety in a substantive way. USPA will provide at no charge a certificate suitable for framing with the name of the recipient and name of the drop zone to be presented on Safety Day. Send the name of the recipient, the name of the drop zone, and a mailing address for the certificate, no later than February 24 to safety@uspa.org.

Downloads

2019 Fatality Summary (PPTX) PPTX   (Feb 2020)
Canopy Collisions (PPT) PPT   (Mar 2020)
Canopy Risk Quotient (PDF) PDF   (Oct 2015)
Canopy Risk Quotient (Web) Web   (Mar 2020)
Fly To Survive (WMV)   (Jan 2017)
Safety Day Goes Global a Parachutist Special Section   (May 2018)
Safety Day Logo (ZIP) ZIP   (Dec 2019)

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