Aug 27, 2012, 5:12 PM
Post #1 of 5
Deaf - radio assistance
I am looking forward to start my AFF course, but I've heard that there will be radio assistance but I am 100% deaf!
At my DZ, I've spoken to them, they said it is not a problem, they will use hand signal, but I am still nervous if that goes wrong as well. I am not sure if he meant hand signal at dropzone, because I wouldn't be able to see that far and I am worried if I couldn't find the dropzone. I know I worry too much.
I am hoping that someone done this before and could explain me how this works, or any better ways to do this? Please.
I'm deaf and have been jumping since 1993. My instructor used brightly painted orange paddles for directional turns and flares. I never used a radio. What he did is make sure I knew the layout of the area using a photo of the ground from way up, either taken from a plane or from satellite photos, so that from where I was, I could recognize landmarks and ground features to determine where the DZ is. And from there, I could pinpoint where he was supposed to be holding his paddles from 4500 feet.
So there is no problem with that? everything goes perfectly well?
We taught a few people 3 years ago (a whole class of 4 that were deaf) using the same system. Hand signals with paddles from the ground. It's what they used to use for everyone back in the day before radios were small enough and dropzones could afford fancy electronics.
You just need to be sure to study the map of the area very well.