Re: [mfrese] Cat A and B Tandems - Judging Studen Body Position
We use Sigmas. Occasionally the student will have a hardish pull, but you can feel them pull, so a nudge with the handle on the other side gives the leverage to get the pin out. Since they were pulling, that's the point. Since they don't know what to do incase of a hardpull/no pull, then they did it right and did the right thing (pulling the handle).
As for body position. You can generally tell if the student is arched or not, or has their knees down just by how the tandem is flying and what it feels like. Looking at them helps, since its easy to see. Arms are obvious, arch and body is obvious by sight as well. If the legs are up on their ass our out where their supposed to be is harder to judge. So we have "leg awareness drills" which is basically forward movement drills. We use that while teaching the transition course to teach what kind of air pressure they should feel on their legs during freefall on AFF.
So I guess the short answer is, no video, just about all of their body is easy to see and easy to feel. The legs out or in thing is taught around and has worked very very well with our students transitioning to AFF. Infact the program has absolutely blown my mind, the level of student going into AFF, finishing AFF in less jumps, doing better on the coached jumps and being better skydivers. It all starts with the first couple of jumps and how they learn the foundation of their skydiving.
EDIT: Forgot to state. I have a bit over 400 tandem skydives. About 150 of those are working tandems, Cat A or Cat B.
(This post was edited by AggieDave on Oct 5, 2004, 4:03 PM)
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