Oct 24, 2005, 3:52 AM
Post #1 of 9
Started doing some WARP training yesterday and I noticed that i can't remember every aspect of the jump during the debrief, it almost feels like sensory overload but some bits do come back to me once the instructor talks about it. Is this normal, should I worry about it?
I'll second what Viki said. I think what you are experiencing is sensory overload. The prompts from your instructor help with recall. Time also helps, and you may find that hours later you recall new details.
The problem will go away with experience. You will also find that being forced to tell your instructor what happened helps you to build recall and awareness through the actual dive. So, debriefing to recall what happened on the last dive will improve your recall on the next dive. The human brain is a really cool thing. Ugly as heck, but cool. .
When I jump with students or do coach jumps I always wear a compact digital video recorder – no cam eye light or ring sight or any of that stuff so I do not get distracted so every now and then I loose a jump, maybe 1 in a 100. Reason being is my memory is not the greatest and even if it was there is a lot that can happen on a skydive that can be forgotten by the best of us (not to imply that I am amongst “the best of us”), I guess its all the drugs I did in the 70’s – but now I use them in pretty much any temperature… So the video is an invaluable training tool plus the student gets to take the jump home with them to study, show their friends thus increasing interest in skydiving and business at our DZ. Some skydiver remember every detail, more often some skydiver THINK they remember every detail, the video dose not lie…
I completely agree - our instructors try to video every training dive (well actually I would say the dz camera goes on every single load, tandem, training or otherwise!). I found it a big help with getting your legs/arms in the right spot etc etc. because you can actually see what you were doing wrong.