Tuesday, January 25, 2022



The USPA Professional Archived Newsletters

Glance through the last several years of this email newsletter designed to provide instructional rating holders with the latest happenings in the sport.

USPA Library

Released for Safety & Training Advisors, this online repository contains multiple courses and modules for continuing education. Not all members have access to this e-learning environment, but plans to expand offerings are in the works.

Skydive School

This Online Ground School is free to use with no sign-up required! While not a full course, this training resource provides valuable information for first-time jumpers as well as students earning their A license. Even uncurrent licensed jumpers might find it useful for refresher training. Sections include equipment, exit, freefall, canopy flight, landing, and emergency procedures.

Malfunction Video Series

This series of videos depict the most commonly found malfunctions and ones covered in the ISP training. Both Standard and Virtual Reality videos are available. You can download the standard videos in .mp4 format. You can use the VR videos in a VR player, on your smartphone, or directly via the YouTube link, or download in VR format.

ISP Category Dive Flows

This video series depicts dive flows in both Freefall and Canopy for all Categories of the ISP. Coaches and Instructors can use these as accurate demonstrations in their ground preps, and students can use them to preview what's next in their progression. Download concise versions of dive flow videos in .mp4 format. Length of these are less than two minutes and include both freefall and canopy in one video. The downloadable versions are useful in locations where an internet connection is not available, or simply for ease of use.  Also available are the full-length versions in a YouTube video playlist.

ISP Category Quizzes

A great resource for students earning their A license, these online quizzes present the questions that appear in the ISP, Section 4 of the SIM, in an instantly graded format. No sign-up or login required to access.

Skydivers Information Manual

The digital version of the SIM is available as a downloadable pdf. Plans to bring back a resource similar to the app are scheduled for next season.

Logbook Apps

This list of apps have been reviewed by USPA staff and deemed in compliance with SIM 3-1 C logging guidance. Jumps tracked with these apps can be used when verifying licenses and ratings qualifications as well as skill requirements. This list is maintained by USPA Department of IT for informational purposes only to assist instructors, examiners, and S&TAs in their responsibility to accept digital logbooks while still complying with SIM 3-1 C. USPA does not specifically endorse any of the apps or associated products. There may be other apps that meet logging guidance that are not listed on the page.

Real-Time Altimeter Training Apps

Using a real-time altimeter for training dive flows helps the learner incorporate their learning into a whole flow and is critical at the end of practice for the instructor or coach to determine readiness. Many options are available for this training aid, including this app for iPhone and one for Andriod.

Safety Day

In early spring, the skydiving season for much of the country is just crawling out of hibernation. Most skydivers don’t jump through the cold months as often as they do in the summer, and their skills are a bit rusty. That’s when Safety Day comes. Safety Day is typically held on the second Saturday in March; however, some drop zones hold it on alternate dates. Established in 1997 from an idea by Patti Chernis, Safety Day provides a worldwide forum at local drop zones to prepare jumpers for the year ahead. Safety Day promotes safety programs and helps inform jumpers of new developments and review important information and procedures. Activities typically include hands-on review and practice of safety procedures, seminars from skydiving operation professionals and experts, equipment evaluations and more. Most days end with a social get together. USPA encourages all jumpers of all experience levels to attend. Every drop zone should host Safety Day.

To Be Continued ...

In conjunction with the IT Department and highly experienced Examiners, USPA's Safety & Training Department is continuing to develop even more resources to help members learn and train more easily and with the most current body of knowledge from the industry. 

Visit again often for continually updated useful resources!
Exams for Rating Renewals

If you have let your instructional rating expire (less than 2 years) or you haven't met the jump number requirements, according to the IRM you must complete a ground eval, air eval, and pass the written test. Below are links to the tests for ratings you hold or have held. You do not need to be supervised. You must have a current USPA membership to take this renewal exam.