The turn at 50 feet is indeed dangerous. Can you think of a safer way to demonstrate that skill? Doing it over water is a good way but most people don't have that option.
Bill probably would agree that skydivers would learn that there are ways to practice prior to taking the test. A guide would probably have to be written to accompany the new rules, and canopy control coaches would surely be teaching people how to work up to the flight tests.
A similar situation is that you don't try to take a driver's license practical test with zero training. You can try, but it would be stupid.
Edit: That's a very good point about accelerated landings being required as a survival skill, not as a swoop skill.
(This post was edited by pchapman on Mar 13, 2012, 4:23 PM)
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