>maybe they just need to require that the briefing cover the materials in 6-9 and define >an "experienced wingsuiter" as someone with 100+ wingsuit jumps who has previously >passed the didactic portion of a USPA coach course?
You mean instead of instructor use the term "experienced wingsuiter?" Why not just use wingsuit instructor? There are several rating programs producing them. Thus you could just require a review of that section, a written test, and whatever practical experience that particular WSI program requires. Something similar worked for tandem for a while.
The BSR requires instruction if you have less than 500 jumps. maybe they just need to require that the briefing cover the materials in 6-9 and define an "experienced wingsuiter" as someone with 100+ wingsuit jumps who has previously passed the didactic portion of a USPA coach course?
I was wrong. I mistakingly thought the bsr was 200 in 18 months (with instruction) or 500 jumps but that's just the recommendation. the bsr is just 200 or more. my memory failed :-/
If a guy who's been around a while, and could have easily looked it up (me) hadn't, it may not be the best medium for the information.
No offense but I take exception to that approach.
We, as a sport, are trying to get people to be responsible for themselves (it's a lost art these days). The SIM is THE place to go first.
If they are not going to look in the one place it IS, I would think it unlikely that they would bother to look anywhere else.
The problem is that culturally people have now grown up in an environment of hand holding. I've now experienced both the US and African free spirited 'every man is responsible for himself' environment, and the Australian regimented system. My fears and criticisms of the Aussie/BPA method have largely disappeared. Of course there are downsides, but overall I see it working better.
As a USPA member, who intends to jump in the US and maintain and progress through the USPA system, I'll be voting for instruction. I'd be happier seeing all specialisms requiring a Crest or Instructed course.