FORMATION SKYDIVING PROGRESSION MANUAL

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Table of Contents,Table of Contents i,British Skydiving Manual Update Policy iii. Chapter 1 Manual Objectives 1,Chapter 2 Introduction Why FS1 2. Chapter 3 The British Skydiving Operations Manual 2. Chapter 4 Your Learning Experience 4,Chapter 5 The Skydives 5. Chapter 6 The FS1 Qualifying Skydive 8,The FS1 Skydive 9. Appendix A FS Skills Theory The Neutral Body Position 12. Appendix B FS Skills Theory Fall Rates 15, Appendix C FS Skills Theory Transitional and Rotational Moves 16.
Appendix D FS Skills Theory Grip Taking 17,Appendix E FS Skills Theory Tracking 18. Appendix F FS Skills Theory Dive to and Approach a Target Swoop to Pin 20. Appendix G FS Skills Theory Exits 22, Figure 1 Expected Points for FS1 Qualifying Skydive Page 9. Figure 2 FS1 Skydive Formation Choices Page 10, Figures A 1 6 The Neutral Body Position Page 12 14. Figure B 7 Slow Fall Page 15,Figure B 8 Fast Fall Page 15. Figure C 9 Forwards Movement Page 16,Figure C 10 Backwards Movement Page 16.
Figure C 11 Left Turn Page 16,Figure C 12 Side slide to Right Page 16. Figure E 13 Low Angle of Attack Page 18,Figure E 14 High Angle of Attack Page 18. Figure F 15 No Lift Dive Position Page 20,Figure G 16 Front Float Exit Page 23. Figure G 17 Centre Float Exit Page 24,Figure G 18 Rear Float Exit Page 25. Figure G 19 Inside Diver Exit Page 26,Figure G 20 4 Way Stair Step Diamond Exit Page 28.
British Skydiving Manual Update Policy, The Formation Skydiving Progression Manual is updated periodically As British Skydiving rules are. continually evolving our primary operational document the British Skydiving Operations Manual is. regularly updated at meetings of the Safety Training Committee which are held every two. months Therefore in the case of any conflict between rules or requirements set out in the. Operations Manual and any other British Skydiving manual the provisions in the Operations Manual. shall always have primacy as the definitive statement of the current position. 2019 British Parachute Association Limited trading as British Skydiving Material in this publication may be. freely reproduced for non commercial purposes providing the source is acknowledged. British Skydiving is the trading name of British Parachute Association Ltd A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England Wales no 875429 Registered office 5 Wharf Way Glen Parva Leicester LE2 9TF. Revised December 2019,Chapter 1 Manual Objectives, The aim of this manual is to act as an information manual for skydivers aiming to attain the. Formation Skydiving Grading System FS1 and to assist skydivers in achieving a good. foundation in Formation Skydiving This foundation can then be used to progress further in. formation skydiving, The main objectives of this manual are to provide you with guidance that will help you decide. how to prepare yourself for your FS1 progression It will also provide guidance on how to go. about arranging and tackling your FS1 progression in order for it to provide you with a good. foundation so that you are able to progress further within formation skydiving. Training programmes and methods other than those contained in this manual are acceptable. provided they meet the requirements of the British Skydiving Operations Manual. Section 2 Paragraph 6 4 1,Chapter 2 Introduction Why FS1. This manual contains information required to help you obtain FS1 Moving on from your initial. skydiving training you need to obtain the appropriate skills to be able to jump with other. skydivers safely, Whether you have just finished your Accelerated Free Fall AFF course Category System.
course just become an A licence skydiver or even if you have been doing lots of solo jumps to. gain experience in the air since obtaining your A licence there are new steps to now consider. You might be thinking about working towards your B licence In which case you need to gain. your Canopy Handling CH Grade 2 and Jump Master JM Grade 1 qualifications Your next. step however should you wish to jump with others is to obtain Formation Skydiving FS. Grade 1 Whilst working on your FS1 you can also work on the qualifications for your B Licence. above and it is a good idea to consider starting this now The requirements for FS1 are laid. down in the Operations Manual Section 2 Paragraph 6 4 1 These specific skills will be. introduced in the next Chapter, There is no substitution for good coaching but from a preparation point of view it will help you. to read through the information in this manual Bear in mind however that the level of skill you. wish to attain as long as it fulfils the requirements in the Operations Manual Section 2. Paragraph 6 4 1 may differ from that of another skydiver as it will need to be relevant to the. level you are about to progress on to For instance if a skydiver has a particular passion to join. a 4 way team they will have differing goals to someone who would like to progress straight on. to free flying as they would differ for a skydiver interested in big ways vs fun jumps with. friends or one of the several canopy disciplines You may not have a specific goal in mind yet. and the FS1 progression will be a great place to spend time finding out more about the options. available and the skills needed to progress in those options The FS1 skydive is simply a. stepping stone to give the basic skills to progress in many if not all of the numerous skydiving. disciplines and can be tailored to suit the individual s needs. These disciplines may feel like they are a long way off and being able to skydive with friends or. people you don t even know is the foundation for years of fun When you have achieved FS. Grade 1 you will have a great set of basic skills that will help you to stay safe jumping with. others and that you can build on and improve With this good understanding and good basic. ability you will be able to continue to learn in any discipline you may choose. Chapter 3 The British Skydiving Operations Manual, The British Skydiving Operations Manual is where we can find all of the information we need to. for instance find out which grading systems are designed for skydivers and what the. requirements are for each of the grades, The Grading System is found in Section 2 Paragraph 6 of the Ops Manual It states that. Once a skydiver has obtained Category 8 or prior to obtaining Category 8 in some cases e g. CH1 that skydivers continuation training will continue via a choice of various disciplines. To expand on this the FS1 Grade associated coaching and basic skills are designed for. The student who through the Category System has qualified Category 8 and successfully. completed CH Grade 1 and obtained their A Licence, The student who on the Accelerated Free Fall Course AFF has qualified Category 8 and. successfully completed CH Grade 1 and obtained their A Licence. Any A Licence Holder and above who wants to revisit their basic techniques or improve their. understanding, The British Skydiving Operations Manual states the following with regard to the FS1 grade.
6 4 Formation Skydiving FS, 6 4 1 To obtain Grade 1 in Formation Skydiving FS1 the skydiver must be introduced to FS. by a CI Advanced Instructor nominated FS1 Grade skydiver or equivalent of proven FS. instructional coaching ability have received a full safety brief and demonstrated the ability to. a Control fall rate and turn in place, b Dive and approach a target and achieve docking techniques. c Break off turn and track away to obtain clear airspace for deployment. d Maintain good altitude awareness throughout the skydive. e Control horizontal movement forwards backwards and sideways. f Complete four points of 4 way FS, 6 4 2 Prior to obtaining FS1 an A Licence skydiver may make 2 way jumps when not. carrying out coaching jumps provided he she has received a full safety brief and the other. skydiver is at least a C Licence FS1 skydiver or equivalent approved by the CI. 6 4 3 Prior to obtaining FS1 during coaching jumps no more than one non FS1 skydiver per. group maximum of a 4 way all other skydivers must be at least FS1 grade or equivalent. including an FS coach or equivalent, 6 4 4 Training programmes other than those contained in the British Skydiving Formation. Skydiving FS Manuals are acceptable for training for FS1 provided all the requirements of. sub para 6 4 1 above are met, N B 8 The qualifications to become an FS coach may be found on Form 134.
You will have many questions that may sound something like How many jumps do I have to. do What if I fail a jump When can I do my 4 way jump When will I get my sticker so that I. can jump with my friends, Chapter 5 of this manual will discuss the different skydives you may have to complete in more. detail However the emphasis on the word may is important Unlike AFF or the Category. System the FS1 progression is not designed to be a list of specific skydives with a Pass or. Fail outcome This phase of your skydiving is very specific to you and you obtaining the skills. required above Of course this also means that you have the opportunity to repeat any skills. you wish to until you are happy with your own level of proficiency Essentially you are able to. set your own goals above and beyond the minimum requirement of the Operations Manual and. to arrange your own progression to achieve them, It is important to note that the 4 way skydive that is often the skydive that is completed just. before receiving the grading sticker is not the only aim It is part of a series of skills that should. be demonstrated before the FS1 grading can be awarded If a skydiver can for example. perform well on a 4 way skydive but is unable to dive and approach a target safely the. requirements for FS1 have not been met,Chapter 4 Your Learning Experience. Before you start your FS journey there are a few things worth considering that may improve. your experience and help you achieve your goal more effectively. Your Coach, Your FS coach is going to be someone who has been awarded an FS Coach rating by the British. Skydiving This means that they are able to coach you in all of the aspects stated within the. Operations Manual that are required to obtain your FS1 qualification. There are many coaches out there Not all of them will be the right coach for you and there are. many different factors to consider when choosing your coach but most importantly find. someone who fulfils your individual FS needs best and if you feel that your coach is not the. right one for you then do not be afraid to consider someone else There are multiple reasons. why a coach may not be the right one for you as everyone has differing teaching and learning. techniques but your coach also has to understand your goals and why you have them to teach. you in a way that works for you, Whilst FS Coaches all have the same FS coaching qualification they may come from very.
different backgrounds disciplines experience levels Some may for instance be at a Drop Zone. DZ every weekend doing 1 to 1 FS coaching some may be British or World Champion. skydivers who take time out from their chosen discipline to coach and some are full time. coaches for whom it is their livelihood Any of them could be the coach for you Some coaches. may charge for their coaching some do it for the price of their jump ticket some even for free. At some DZs the DZ will pay the coaches for the jumps they do at the end of the day Some. DZs or skydiving teams offer coaching from a group of coaches that all have the same. coaching ethos and therefore can offer continuity and quality that is consistent between. several people This often works well as the coaches are all working together with the same. goal If you are lucky enough to find a coach who will teach you for free remember that this is. your learning experience not theirs and be sure that the experience is right for you. A Picture Paints a Thousand Words, An FS coach has to have a C licence and is therefore qualified to wear a camera to jump It is. not a requirement for a coach to film you however the benefit of being able to see your. skydive as part of your de brief is immeasurable In addition to the debriefing points you expect. i e what went well and where the improvements can be made occasionally the skydive you. thought that you just completed is very different to the one you actually did and this gives. both you and the coach the chance to discuss what those differences were why they. happened and if correction is required how to correct them. Feel free to ask your coach if they are planning to video your jumps before you jump with them. If not ask them if they can wear a camera for your jumps as the benefit is so great that there is. no real reason why they wouldn t wear one if asked to However bear in mind that not all. coaches have access to a video camera, After you have jumped it is of great benefit to ask your coach for the footage of your jumps. The benefits firstly include the fact that you are able to watch your skydives yourself as a way. of reviewing and revising your skills and remembering the improvement points you were given. Secondly if you are able to show your coach the last jumps you did it is a great tool for the. coaches to remind themselves or in the case of a new coach learn about your skydiving so far. If you have footage of your jumps consider keeping it with your logbook and taking it along. British Skydiving is the trading name of British Parachute Association Ltd A company limited by guarantee Registered in England amp Wales no 875429 Registered office 5 Wharf Way Glen Parva Leicester LE2 9TF 1 Chapter 1 Manual Objectives The aim of this manual is to act as an information manual for skydivers aiming to attain t he Formation Skydiving Grading System FS1 and to assist

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