Don’t Forget the Gear Check

During a 4-way freefly exit, a jumper noticed that the skydiver next to her had a grip on the loose end of her chest strap, which she had not properly routed through the friction adapter when donning her gear. She then tried to thread her chest strap through the friction adapter hardware as she continued in freefall. After many unsuccessful attempts, she had to deploy her main canopy while holding onto her main lift web with one hand to help keep herself in the harness. Her canopy descent was uneventful.

Jumpers must always ensure that their equipment is adjusted correctly for each skydive. Performing a “check of threes” before each jump is the easiest way to ensure that your harness and container system is ready for skydiving. Check your three handles (the main deployment, cutaway and reserve-ripcord handles), three straps (the chest strap and two leg straps) for proper routing and tension, three times (once before putting on the rig, again after donning the rig and just before exiting the aircraft), including checking the three rings and main and reserve pins and closing loops.

KEEPANEYEOUT20116Photo by Jeremiah Bond

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