Helping with Safety Day
For many, Safety Day—a day full of refresher training and important life-saving presentations—signals the start of the skydiving season. Like a bugler blaring reveille to signal a charge, a DZ announces Safety Day as a call to action. March 11 (although some DZs will select another date) is right around the corner, so you and your fellow coaches and instructors should already be helping your Safety and Training Advisor with plans for the day.
The Safety Day webpage, safetyday.uspa.org, has lots of supporting presentations and handouts to help your event shine brightly as a fun and educational day for all who attend. The site includes general information about the event plus links to dozens of presentations for your speakers to choose from. You’ll also find 16 different safety-related articles bundled into one Zip file, allowing you to choose which ones you’d like to provide as handouts for your jumpers. Use the Planning and Procedures document as a general outline for your event. (Many drop zones expand on the outline with additional topics such as camera flying and wingsuiting.) Also available for download is a press-release template that you can customize and send to local news media to help you announce your event.
It’s always beneficial to involve the local community in Safety Day. Check with your local rescue squad to see if anyone is available to lead a discussion about first aid. Several drop zones have worked with local police and medical professionals to stage mock disasters as a way to better prepare drop zone staff and first responders for large-scale disasters such as plane crashes.
Jumpers really appreciate a Safety Day event that is done well. They learn important information and get a chance to go through important refresher training. Drop zones emerge from a long, cold winter to kick off another skydiving season. If your drop zone hasn’t planned to host Safety Day, it’s not too late. Check with your S&TA, get a few coaches and instructors to help with organizing, set a date and go for it!
Jim Crouch | D-16979 | USPA Director of Safety and Training