This subject is related to the fatality I reported on in the Incidents forum, and I think it is better to discuss it here.
Doing a barrel roll while tracking away from others after breakoff from a formation is controversial to say the least, and I think that most people realize the times when it is definitely not a good idea to do it, for example, when a formation has been successful and breakoff is going as planned.
However, there are other skydives that include situations that are not planned for or not expected at all, and that include skydivers with various degrees of skills and experience. For example, a jumper being way high or way low on the others at breakoff, a "funnel" near breakoff altitude, etc.
1. Do we attempt to teach everything to everyone, so that if they remember their training (and practice those skills), that they will have the survival skills to deal with an unusual situation?
2. Or do we become incredibly conservative and do not plan anything that would risk an unusual situation?
3. Or is there something else we can do?
As far as training goes, we teach people to track, backslide, and barrel roll, but tracking is the only skill that they are then doing often enough to get good at it, unless they are practicing these things themselves. For example, if we find ourselves directly over someone, a backslide or sideslide might be the best/quickest way to correct that situation.
[By the way, if your search the forums for "barrel roll", you will find a few discussions from many years ago, for comparison to what we now think. There are good arguments on both sides.]
(This post was edited by peek on Dec 7, 2017, 8:54 AM)