SOLO TURNS AND FORWARD MOTION
- When your jumpmaster says "GET INTO POSITION", take your position in the door.
- When you are ready to exit, turn to your right and shout "CHECK IN!" to your JM.
- The JM will respond "OK!" and nod his head when you are ready to go.
- Do the exit count - "Ready! Set! Arch!"
- On "Arch!" step to the left, out of the plane.
- Count to four, maintaining a hard arch.
- Do one practice ripcord touch.
- Check your altitude.
- Your JM may give you hand signals, and will then move in front of you.
- If everything is going well, and you seem stable, your JM will release you and fly 5-10 feet in front of you.
- Maintain hover control. If you slide backwards away from the JM, use forward motion to correct.
- Maintain heading. If you seem to be turning away from the JM, turn back towards him.
- Your JM will give you a turn signal - a hand pointed in one direction. Turn 180 away from the JM, then turn back.
- Check your altimeter. Your JM will not give you turn signals unless you check your altimeter first.
- Your JM will give you another turn signal. This time, turn 360 degrees, and stop facing him.
- Check your altimeter. If altitude permits, your JM will give you another turn signal.
- At 6000 feet, shake your head to indicate "no more manuevers."
- Your JM will move back beside you when he sees this. Do not follow!
- Wave off and pull at 5000 feet.
- Count to five and check your parachute.
- Do smooth, slow turns in each direction. Do not allow yourself to build up speed in a fast turn.
- Maintain altitude awareness by checking your altimeter often.
- If you find yourself backsliding, use your forward-motion skills to correct it.
- Signal no-more-manuevers at 6000 feet, then wave off and pull at 5000 feet.
LEVEL FIVE HINTS:
- To fix stability problems - ARCH!
- Check your altimeter after every turn.
- Be aware of your legs! Unwanted leg motion is one of the most common problems on level 5 jumps.
REMEMBER THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF ANY SKYDIVE:
PULL AT THE RIGHT ALTITUDE!
LAND SAFELY UNDER AN OPEN CANOPY!