The Importance of Self-Administered Gear Checks

September 28, 2017

Don't let this happen to you!  Learn your gear and check it before and after every single skydive!
A jumper walks to the plane ready to board, when another jumper happens to notice the first jumper's main pin flap has popped loose Upon further inspection, the main closing loop is obviously too long, which provides very little tension on the closing pin and increases the chances of a premature container opening. This jumper was not aware that there was anything wrong with the rig and would have continued to jump it and drop it for a packer to repack the main canopy after each jump.
 
Basic gear knowledge is a requirement for every licensed skydiver. Yet, some jumpers seem to have no interest in equipment and simply trust a packer to handle the gear. Your life literally depends on your gear; why would you not want to know everything there is to know about it, including how to perform a gear check before every skydive?
 
Skydiver's Information Manual Sections 5-3 and 5-4 cover equipment and gear checks. Each container, canopy and automatic activation device manufacturer provides valuable information for their products in user manuals and on their websites. Your local parachute rigger and Safety and Training Advisor are also valuable resources when it comes to learning more about gear checks and your equipment.
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