I have a PowerPoint used for the Pro-Rating course, assembled from a couple courses I've taken, advice from Twardo, and my own experiences. I've paid for Pro Rating courses, and people like Bob Edmiston run flag/smoke courses where a lot can be learned. Jim Wallace also has such a paid-for course.
Jim Wallace (as noted earlier) does it as a 2 day course. He includes instruction on everything on the card and provides the smoke, flags, and banners. He also provides detailed instruction on filing the FAA paperwork and observes the jumps. He charges $300 for the whole course.
I am curious to ask others about the pro rating. I am sure most of you probably do this out of the kindness of your hearts but do any of you charge for a pro rating?
I am getting more and more coming up to me for the ground school and to monitor them as they navigate the proficiency card. It is getting to be a bit much.
Does anyone out there charge to oversee a skydiver getting a pro rating? Just as a FYI I have never but I have definately pondered it.
Depends on what all you're talking about Rich.
I've often freely assisted interested candidates with flags, smoke, accuracy and the like when it's convenient and I have the necessary hardware with me...
I've also charged for dedicated instruction when a person or group wants to receive all the pertinent instruction over a given weekend with a more structured format. I supply all the 'props' and the number of actual jumps often varies with the persons performance level.
I tend to be rather critical when it comes to demo safety and set pretty high standards.