Dec 12, 2006, 4:21 PM
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After I have 200 jumps, I would like to go through the coaches rating course through Skydive University. Do you all have any suggestions on things I can be doing/working on before I take the course? I'm going to start sitting in on First jump Courses to see how people teach, but would like some more suggestions!
Do a lot of jumps with fresh A license holders. Work on your slot flying skills - you want to be able to stay right with the person regardless of whether they are backsliding, turning or falling straight down the tube.
Work on your awareness (both altitude and what's going on around you) in freefall and your recall (the ability to remember and then to tell what happened in freefall to someone else after the jump).
Get the IRM. Read and reread the coach section.
Break out your SIM and read and reread the ISP, focusing on the categories that a coach can do and on the first jump course material.
Definitely get the FJC sections of the card done before you go to the coaches course if you can.
Also sit down with a trusted and very experienced coach, have him/her teach you as a student how to do those things listed in the SIM (ground training). Especially the ones that are tested during the course as per the IRM. Get it videoed if you need to. Base your outline on the teaching, as long as it covers everything listed in the SIM and the goals outlined in the IRM.
Remember, the point isn't to barely pass the course as shown in the IRM, the point is to be the best coach you can be for your students. Teaching the best techniques in the best way for how your student can and will learn.
Working with Students is fun and rewarding (really!), so go forth and enjoy!
Don't forget that you learn best by working with people who are better than you. Yeah, you'll start to figure out what kind of squirrely shit students do but that doesn't mean your flying skills are adequate to make up for both of your mistakes.
Work on knowing what you are talking about. You can teach the basics to students fairly soon IF you:
-Work on flying skills - staying close enough to observe and give corrective signals. -Work on observation - seeing AND remembering what you saw. -Work on Category G and H knowledge and skills. -Work on teaching - how/when to, and get comfortable with it. -Work on being positive and giving constructive critizism. -Work on being able to pick up on clues students will give you on whether or not they "get it" on the ground.
And above all, -Work on fending off the guys that are trying to get into your pants...except for me of course.
-Work on being positive and giving constructive criticism.
After you have listened to their version of the skydive, emphasize some things they did right. Pick two or three points where they need to improve and practice corrective measures on the ground. Finish the debrief with a reminder of three things they did right.