Jul 17, 2007, 11:25 AM
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Jumpwith a tandem?
Hey guys. I just got my A license and have been trying to get some of my friends out to the drop zone to at least do a tandem. Besides the money excuse, they ask me if I could jump out with them. Obviously I couldn't be their JM with 38 jumps, but I was wondering: How many jumps/what USPA rating do need to jumpwith a tandem?
You typically need 500 jumps, a TI or AFF rating. Some DZs let that slide if the jumper is a video guy, but all in all its not all that great.
Go on the plane with your friend, jump out before your friend and be in the landing area when they land. That's the best thing you can do until you get a lot more experience. Go read the tandem fatality report if you doubt that.
It depends on the tandem master, I believe the USPA recommends that anyone jumping with a tandem be a tandem instructor or aff instructor.
I personally am pretty particular about who I will let lurk my tandems, I need to know them and know their skill level in order to be comfortable enough to do it, I can pretty well assure you that with a skydiver with 38 jumps, is not going to lurk a tandemwith me. I don't mean to sound like an ass but I just wouldn't feel comfortable with it.
Enjoy your progression, enjoy improving your skill there will be plenty of tandems for you to lurk in the future
With an A license and only a few jumps there are FAR too many things that can go wrong to consider this. Even if you did not get hurt, having a tandemjump that did not go as planned would take away from your friend's experience. Let them enjoy the jump under the care of a JM - there should be nothing to distract them from the experience.
The list of things that could go wrong to injure somebody are far too great to list. My DZ would not even consider it for that reason.
for what its worth I don't get the impression that the OP was looking to being able to actually do it... they seemed to be merely looking to get guidance about what the requirements actually were...
and I think its been answered... a few times over in fact...
edited to add: having just scanned the SIM the closest thing I can find refering to jumping with tandems is in the camera flying (advanced progression) section and it references the Instructional Rating Manual (and since my IRM is at home I'll have to look at it later)
(This post was edited by Icon134 on Jul 17, 2007, 12:21 PM)
While I don't agree that it can only be done by D license holders with 500 jumps
That's a manufacturer's requirement, and for good reason.
I left out safely accidentally from my comment.
I won't argue with your real life tandem experience.
But I don't agree for one second that the tandem manf. recommendations are 100% safety based; while they are motivated by safety they are also trying to protect themselves from legal liability.
If safety was the only consideration I would expect to see the SIM and manf. recommendations match? More so why isn't the vid requirement higher than 500 jumps, doesn't flying video add even more risk than just flying with the tandem?
Either way my main point was that he should just let his friends know they are better off enjoying their skydives without him being in the air with them.
(This post was edited by DougH on Jul 17, 2007, 2:45 PM)
If safety was the only consideration I would expect to see the SIM and manf. recommendations match? More so why isn't the vid requirement higher than 500 jumps, doesn't flying video add even more risk that just flying with the tandem?
Questions I have posed to USPA officials without result.
JP, I'm not challenging you. I know that to be true, but do you know where I could find the reference?
I know I could get it when I talk to Simon, My Rigger, but is there an online version of the text?
SIGMA TANDEM SYSTEM OWNER’S MANUAL Page2:X Section 5: Student Techniques • Chapter 3 - Other Activities 11301- 00.00.0000 These guidelines are not optional. They must be followed, or the Tandem Instructor and Tandem rig owner will be in violation of the User Agreement under which Tandem jumping is operated and will consequently no longer be allowed to legally perform Tandem Jumps. PARTICIPANTSQUALIFICATIONS For any relative worker to accompany a Tandem pair, the following criteria must be met: 1) Relative worker must have a minimum of 500 relative work skydives; or 2) Relative worker must be either a current Tandem Instructor or a current AFF jumpmaster. 3) Relative worker must have made at least 100 relative work jumps in the last year. 4) Cameramen must meet all the above guidelines, and in addition, must have at least 100 camera jumps.