Professional Demonstration Skydiver Course:
Skydive San Diego, Saturday, October 17, 2020
Course Begins 7:30 AM.
Who This Course Is For:
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This course is targeted to D-licensed skydivers who want to learn how to plan and execute safe, meaningful and professional skydiving performances. This course is a one-day download of 34 years of well paying, safe and successful skydiving demonstrations.
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The Basics About our Course:
- Course Director: Ron Lee. D-16357/PRO/S&TA.
- Course Duration: One day. A second day is reserved in the event of weather on the primary day.
- Course Fee: $625.00 per student.
- The Course incorporates classroom and practical application jumps with special effects.
- Each student makes four hop ‘n pop training jumps. (Jumps not included in course fee.)
- Maximum number of students per class:
- What is Included:
- All Course and Classroom Materials: written and online. Every course participant receives a binder containing all course materials. This is your guide to putting on PROFESSIONAL demonstration jumps.
- All professional smoke/flags/special effects, systems and equipment required for the four practical jumps you will make. (See below for details.)Subjects Covered: (This is not a complete list.)
- Definition of a “demo”. Demos are not just “off the dz jumps.”
- USPA Resources & USPA License and Currency Requirements.
- Landing Area Sizes, Definitions and Experience Requirements.
- Who is Responsible for the Outcome of the Demo.
- Demos Gone Bad – Real examples of what NOT to do.
- FAA Paperwork / 7711-2 Requests for Certificate of Authorization.
- Understanding aviation maps and charts when preparing your request to the FAA.
- How to submit a successful FAA 7711-2 Request.
- New FAA Requirements when submitting requests to conduct demonstration jumps.
- Developing a relationship and dealing with the FAA and FSDO offices. Make the FAA your advocate.
- Personnel Selection – how to choose your jumpers and ground crew.
- Drop Zone Safety Officer (Ground Crew) Duties & Responsibilities.
- Go/No Go Authority. Jumper In Command Duties & Responsibilities.
- The ideal “demo” mindset”.
- Getting demo Insurance.
- Pre-jump Planning & Activities.
- In-aircraft Operations & Communications/Demo Air-to-Ground Communications.
- Weather Information Resources.
- Wind Drift Indicators (WDI’s) and why you should ALWAYS use them.
- Gear Selection – canopies, flags/smoke/streamers and other special effects.
- Aircraft Selection and hiring aircraft from your local DZ.
- Demo Pilot Training and Orientation.
- Demo Performance Anxiety. It is REAL. Ways to deal with it.
- How things change when you jump smoke, flags or other special effects.
- Four training jumps: Jumping the four basic special effects used on demonstration jumps:
- Boot-mounted Smoke/Hanging Smoke/Tethered Flags/Suspended-weight Flags
- Knowing when to Stay in the Plane.
The Practical Training Jumps: Each student makes four supervised jumps from 4,000 – 5,000 feet – one jump on each special effect listed above.