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At a P3 event we had a great group of experienced skydivers doing a terrific bunch of jumps at Skydive Perris…

Pd Reserve

Before the first jump they were all forced to listen to my (obnoxious) extended safety briefing…

expect everything that could go wrong to go wrong, on every jump

My safety brief, in a nutshell, comes down to telling everyone to expect everything that could go wrong to go wrong, on every jump, and then going through a dozen of those different possibilities. I also remind them that when I do these safety briefings everyone thinks I’m talking to everyone else. They think there’s no way they would ever be that complacent.

The person that was saved by their AAD thought they had a hard pull and tried to get their pilot chute out a few times. (There was no actual problem with the pilot chute; it came out easily on the ground). Next, with the pilot chute still in the pouch, they cut away, then had trouble finding their reserve handle… time flew by… AAD save!

everyone thinks I’m talking to everyone else

Please do yourself a favor. When you reach back to deploy, do it like you expect to have a hard pull. Practice your emergency procedures as if you knew you were going to have a malfunction on the next jump. Be aware under canopy as if you thought everyone was trying to get you.

It’s really not that hard to play it safe.

And I’m talking to you.


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Lesley has been in love with skydiving for 35 years. She is a multiple world and national record holder and a coach on 20 successful record events worldwide. She has over 100 competition medals spanning more than 25 years and has been on the British 8-way National team at World events. She started Skydive Mag to spread knowledge, information and passion about our amazing sport.
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