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Hey, so I've been asked to do another talk at safety day this year at Skydive Elsinore regarding FS / belly flying safety. It has recently come to my attention that my portion of the talk from last year is available on youtube. This time around I would like to add in some discussion of tinted/mirrored goggles as well as wearing of small format cameras while flying inside a formation.

I would appreciate it if experienced folks would watch the video let me know if there is anything else you'd add.

Thanks.

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The only thing I'd add, especially in light of discussion about barrel rolls when tracking, a big visible wave off.
Better to use a little altitude for a longer wave off than a barrel roll.
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The only thing I'd add, especially in light of discussion about barrel rolls when tracking, a big visible wave off.
Better to use a little altitude for a longer wave off than a barrel roll.



Ya beat me to it! ;)

Definitely emphasize a strong & proper wave off, seems like we're seeing less of that these days.

Also may want to cover traffic patterns at length, both in free-fall and under canopy...the importance of head on a swivel is greater in big ways etc.

Make sure your tracking skills are commensurate with the size of the formation you're attempting.










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Climbout and door considerations.

You might recall our skydiving duck cartoon friend was injured by a door frame impact during an exit where the timing was messed up or confused. Her story about that primed me to be more careful in a similar situations. I was inside the plane with harness holds with exit went early. Thankfully I was somewhat alert to what was happening and started reacting by trying to get moving and also get free of the holds at the same time. Still I got a little bump on the door frame out of the deal. Maybe not in California but for those that have not been jumping all winter, exit counts may be a bit rusty and off.

I am not highly experienced but just having some knowledge of that previous injury prepared me a bit to know there was danger there. How you react to a premature linked exit might be worth touching on.
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Ah, all good stuff. Can't believe I forgot to mention wave-offs. And I can add some discussion of grips and timing as part of the exit considerstions.

I probably won't get too much into canopy patterns as that's covered by a different speaker and that was one of the things (along with spotting and exit order) that I got a bit long-winded on a couple years ago. I think at least a note about planning canopy traffic into the dive flow especially as formations get larger would be good though.

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