Monday, August 3, 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

$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.

Lynne Smith at; (316) 264-1321


Submit Safety Day Write-Up

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Chesley H. Judy Award

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Participating Drop Zones

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


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)
Alliance SPC/Skydive Rick’s (3/21)
Canton Air Sports
Skydive Cincinnati
Start Skydiving (3/7)
Oklahoma Skydiving Center
Skydive Awesome! (3/21)
Skydive Oregon
Pacific Northwest Skydiving Center
South Carolina
Skydive Carolina (3/7)
South Dakota
Skydive Adventures
Jump TN
Skydive East Tennessee
Skydive Tennessee
West Tennessee Skydiving
Skydive Spaceland-Dallas
Skydive Spaceland-Houston
Skydive Spaceland San Marcos
Skydive Temple (3/21)
Skydive Moab
Skydive Ogden
Skydive Utah (3/28)
Vermont Skydiving Adventures (4/18)
Skydive Orange (3/7)
Skydive Suffolk
Virginia Skydiving Center (3/21)
Kapowsin Air Sports
Rattlesnake Mountain Skydiving
West Plains Skydiving "The Ritz"
West Virginia
Skydive Milwaukee
Wisconsin Skydiving Center (4/11)
U.S. Territories
Skydive Puerto Rico (3/20)
Go Fly Paraquedismo
Sky Company Clube e Escola de Paraquedismo
WOW Paraquedismo
Skydive Sofia (2/23)
Skydive Vancouver
Skydive Colombia (4/10)
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Dropzone Prostejov (3/7)
Skydive Pink Klatovy (3/7)
Dropzone Denmark (3/7)
Skydive Karjala
Skyhigh India (3/8)
Alimarche Skydive Fano (4/18)
Paracadismo Lago (3/20)
Skydive Cuautla
Skydive Taroudant (2/29)
Skydive Warszawa (3/21)
Skydive Portugal (2/9)
Skydive Transilvania (3/28)
TNT Brothers (3/22)
Skydive Vatulino (4/4)
SWS Academy
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


Jeannie Bartholomew | D-30638

Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Jeannie Bartholomew | D-30638

by Brian Giboney

Jeannie Bartholomew is a dedicated professional canopy pilot who (along with her husband, Curt Bartholomew) has put everything she has into the sport of skydiving. She is a member of Team Alter Ego Fastrax and travels the globe to teach canopy piloting skills and compete in events. Prior to skydiving she was a competitive cheerleader, and jumpers feel her positive attitude and energy wherever she goes.


Age: Is nothing but a number
Birthplace: Greenbrae, California
Marital Status: Married to the man of my dreams
Children: Someday; I gotta lotta swooping to do!
Occupation: Professional canopy pilot on Team Alter Ego Fastrax and owner of the Alter Ego Project Canopy Piloting School
Pet Peeves: When someone acts like they are too good to make a jump with a skydiver who has less experience. You have no idea how much that one jump could mean for them!
Pre-Jump Superstitions: The diamonds on my thumb ring have to be facing forward before exit. If I’m jumping with Curt, he has to be the last one I high five. My seat belt can’t have line twists.
Life Philosophy: Be kind, selfless and patient and treat people the way you want to be treated. If you work hard, amazing things will happen. I truly believe the statement, “Your character is defined by how you treat someone who can do nothing for you.”
Jump Philosophy: Check your gear, check your friends’ gear, check your gear again. 
Team Name: Team Alter Ego Fastrax
Sponsors: Advanced Aerospace Designs, Cookie Helmets, Elite Tans, Flysight, Hypoxic, Larsen & Brusgaard, Liquidsky Sports, Option Studios, Performance Designs, Sun Path Products,, Skydive Sebastian in Florida and Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio
Container: Sun Path Javelin
Main Canopies: Performance Designs Peregrine 64 for speed, Peregrine 67 for distance and Peregrine 71 for accuracy and freestyle. Performance Designs Valkyrie 67 and Valkyrie Hybrid 67 and 71 when I’m coaching and for freefall. 
Reserve Canopy: Performance Designs Optimum 113
AAD: Advanced Aerospace Designs Vigil Extreme
Home Drop Zone: Skydive Sebastian 
First Jump: 2006. I made two tandems and then found out I could go by myself! Started AFF the next week.
Licenses and Ratings: B-29620, D-30638, PRO, Coach and AFF Instructor
Medals and Records: 2017: first overall (first in accuracy, third in distance), 2017 Italian Swoop Tour. 2016: third overall (first in accuracy, third in speed) Northeastern Canopy Piloting League Meet One. 2015: third in zone accuracy, Brazilian Nationals; third overall for the season in the advanced class, Florida Canopy Piloting League. 2014: second in zone accuracy, Swedish Swoop Cup Meet One; first overall FLCPA Pro/Am Meet Three; first in advanced overall, FLCPA Meet Two. 2013: second in advanced distance, Lord of the Strings PD Project Orange; third in advanced overall (second in distance, second in speed), Sun Path Products Canopy Piloting Open. 
National women’s records: longest distance (127.25 m), fastest speed (2.386 seconds in 2017), fastest speed (2.411 seconds in 2016). North American women’s records: fastest speed, longest distance. State women’s records: Tennessee longest distance and fastest speed, Florida fastest speed, North Carolina fastest speed
Total Number of Jumps: 5,000   Canopy Piloting: 4,300
Freefly: 500   CF: 100   Camera: 25   Demos: 25
FS: Five   Tandems: Two as a passenger; one as an instructor as a dare. (I was with a tandem examiner.)   Balloon: Two
Largest Completed Formation: 20-way canopy flock 
Total Number of Cutaways: Six

Of all your skydives, does one jump stand out? 
Curt and I did a 2-way swoop into our wedding location. Julio [Ruiz] from Liquidsky made us bride and groom swoop shorts, and we nailed the perfect 2-way swoop in front of all of our friends and family!
Most people don't know this about me: 
I’m a natural redhead.
Who have been your skydiving mentors?
Wyat Drewes taught my first canopy course and is the reason I fell in love with canopy piloting. Diana Blackburn, Jay Moledzki and Greg Windmiller have all been part of my early swoop progression. The one person who has influenced me the most, pushed me the hardest, always believed in me and made me the canopy pilot I am today is my husband, Curt Bartholomew. He is the most incredible coach and the most badass canopy pilot on the planet but also the most humble. He continues to inspire me every day.
What are your future skydiving goals? 
To beat my husband! Also, to have a podium sweep with my teammates, Curt and Alex [Hart]. My biggest goal is that I want to be on the podium in swoop freestyle. I love freestyle more than any other event in canopy piloting.
What safety item do you think is most important or most often neglected?
Canopy control in general. People don’t focus enough on progressing their canopy skills. You don’t have to swoop to be a good canopy pilot. We see far too many injuries on landing that could have been prevented.
How did you become interested in skydiving?
My sister Sonya did a tandem when I was 5 years old. I saw the video and started making parachutes out of pillowcases, sheets and umbrellas and jumped off of everything I could. 
Do you have any suggestions for students? 
Take a canopy course as early on as possible. As long as you’re clear of traffic, practice something under canopy on every single jump.
If you could do a fantasy 2-way with anybody, whom would it be with? 
Wyat Drewes. We would fly canopies together and do a 2-way swoop on landing. I know he would be so proud of my flying.
The toughest thing to do in the sport of skydiving is: 
Ride that fine line of pushing the limits in competition and being safe.
What kind of skydiving student were you? 
I was a complete natural in freefall. One of my instructors during AFF told me I should stick to cheerleading, because I would never be able to land a parachute. Proved him wrong!
What has been your best skydiving moment? 
I was given a wild card slot to compete at the World Games in Poland. I nailed my signature freestyle move and ran the landing out downwind for the first time in front of all my family. I ended up placing 12th in the world and felt like I really earned that slot.
What has been your greatest competition moment? 
Winning my first competition as a pro canopy pilot! I took home the gold overall, the gold in accuracy and the bronze in distance at the Italian Swoop Tour at Skydive Flygang. It was the most amazing feeling to stand on the top of the podium and see my husby with the biggest proud smile on his face.
What has been your worst skydiving moment? 
Not making the U.S. Team after working extremely hard all season. I cried for three hours straight after Nationals. That being said, it drove me to switch to the 810 [-degree turn] and push even harder going into the season.
What is your favorite part of coaching and competing with your husband? 
I really love the dynamic that Curt and I bring to coaching. Both of us are extremely passionate about flying parachutes, and we really balance out each other’s strengths and weaknesses. In competition, we support each other and push each other past our limits. 
What do you see in the future for swoop comps?
I think the swoop freestyle platform will really take off! It is such an incredible event that helps educate the crowd on what freestyle canopy piloting is. It’s exciting and the crowd loves it when we land on the raft and when we go sliding off! I believe we will start to see swoop freestyle events hitting the mainstream!
Explain Jeannie Bartholomew in five words or fewer:
Competitive, driven, adventurous, passionate, sincere

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