Dress for the crash, not the cruise. I always try to make sure my students have a jumpsuit to wear, even if it's one of my own. Makes 'em feel like they are more involved in the skydive also. "Hey take a picture of me in this suit with the funny things on the arms and legs!!"
Sliding in a landing maybe, however, if they had to take their jeans off to get into the jumpsuit, then what have we accomplished, since jeans would probably provide more protection then most jumpsuits.
If its truely a crash, then you'll get to cut your jumpsuit off your student, or the EMTs will.
We have a pretty good selection of jumpsuits to put our tandems in. It's always fun to explain what the grippers are for...
Some tandem masters keep a supply of sweatpants to have their students throw on when it's really muggy. That way, they have something to protect their street clothes on the bottom, but can go in their T-shirts and stay relatively cool.
Depends on the conditions and the time of year. During the winter, we do it for the warmth and the likelihood of landing on slightly muddy ground. During the summer, the same ground has little bits of dry grass and 11 varieties of weeds with shit that sticks to you, and is hard as concrete, so we MAY put them in suits depending on the conditions.
Plus, we got these really cool German Air Force jumpsuits from a surplus place, so they get to look like Luftwaffe pilots or something. Ugly as hell, but most people like them, damned if I can figure out why.
Sorry, maybe I should explain a little better. I used to ride sport bikes before I took up skydiving. The group of guys I rode with and I used to say dress for the crash, not the cruise, meaning you dress for the unexpected, leathers, boots, gaunlet gloves, helmet, ect. I would rather my student have every advantage in the event things go bad or just for a slide in landing. Maybe the jumpsuit could save a little skin or prevent a laceration. I know from experience that a jumpsuit can help in some situations. Funny side note, USPA came out with an article a couple of years ago titled "Dress For The Crash, Not The Cruise"
I have a pretty big jumpsuit, fits over most peoples clothes
(This post was edited by sabr190 on Mar 2, 2004, 4:48 PM)
I usally put them in a long sleeve t shirt and a pair of freefly type pants, I made up a few diffrent styles of pants (american flag, hawiian, and solid blue) one of those with a soild color top loks like a suit and they get to play dress up. Since I am so small in size i try not to have them in anything to baggy, so old RW suits are very nice to me as well. And once again my size plays a rold and I have alot of tall guys try to land before me, so they can get dirty.. but I usally stay clean. Joe
I use jumpsuits for my students 99% of the time. I prefer them in tighter suits, as it gives me more control. I want to have all the wings, not give them to my student. On occasion, in the heat of summer, I'll let em go in shirts and a T-shirt if they wish, but they know upfront that thay may get ripped, torn, muddied, grass stain, and their legs may get scratched up. I prefer the suit, it's safer in case of an off landing.
Yes, we always put our students in jumpsuits at my last dropzone. We didn't want people dirtying their clothes with sliding landings. We also didn't want womens tops flying off or up over their boobs in the video (unprofessional).