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.
$6 each S-XL (add $2 for XXL+) plus shipping (no quantity requirements). For orders of 12 or more shirts, drop zones can add their logos to the sleeves at $1.50 more per shirt.
February 24 for events held on March 14—or at least two weeks in advance of your alternative event date. Orders received after may incur additional charges.
Lynne Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org; (316) 264-1321
Alaska Skydive Center (4/7)
Skydive Coastal California
Skydive Monterey Bay
Skydive San Diego (3/22)
Orange Skies Freefall Center (3/12)
Connecticut Parachutists, Inc (3/21)
Skydive City Zephyrhills (5/16)
Skydive Spaceland Clewiston
The Jumping Place
Sky Down Skydiving
Mid-America Sport Parachute Club
Skydive Chicago (4/3)
Jerry's Skydiving Circus
Skydive Indianapolis (4/4)
Skydive Windy City (3/29)
Des Moines Skydivers
Kansas State University Parachute Club
Cloud Chasers Skydiving (3/21)
Skydive New England (4/18)
Jumptown Skydiving (4/18)
Pepperell Skydiving Center (4/11)
Skydive Allegan (4/4)
Skydive Grand Haven (3/28)
Skydive Tecumseh (3/21)
Skydive Kansas City
Lincoln Sport Parachute Club
Like skydiving, Safety Day is also about fun. It certainly won't be hard to encourage jumpers to get together at the end of the day's activities for some mid-winter socializing. Make sure to include that in your Safety Day plan, too!
Be sure to nominate a recipient for the Chesley H. Judy Safety Award as part of your Safety Day activities. Each year, the S&TA and drop zone owner selects a worthy recipient who, in the previous year through example, deed, training, or innovation, has promoted safety in a substantive way. USPA will provide at no charge a certificate suitable for framing with the name of the recipient and name of the drop zone to be presented on Safety Day. Send the name of the recipient, the name of the drop zone, and a mailing address for the certificate, no later than February 24 to email@example.com.
USPA 5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA, 22407 (540) 604-9740 M-F 9am-5pm Eastern (540) 604-9741 firstname.lastname@example.org