'Psychology of Survival'
Take Full Control of Your Fear
We will have all most likely experienced that 'paralysis of fear' or the feeling of being out of control.
In crisis there are those of us who run away from the danger and those who run towards it to control or neutralise it. Think about a fire in your workplace - would you attempt to tackle the fire (dependant on size and firefighting equipment available) or just flee.
These feelings of self preservation are all perfectly natural.
"The course was one of the busiest days I can remember, jam packed with all the information and training you need to jump out of a plane and descend safely to a drop zone on your own".
"The instruction was brilliant, I arrived on training day wondering how the hell I could do a solo parachute jump after just one days training. All fear and apprehension was put aside as soon as we met Conrad. His experience, years of jumping and training style set everyone at ease. The training was second to none. Everything was meticulously explained, anything that needed to be explained two or three times was gone over until everyone was happy and confident. Truly one of the best instructors I have come across both during my time in the military and as a civilian".
"This course has changed the direction I want my life compass to point. I want to be in the sky all the time. When I'm on the ground I'm looking up excited for the next time I get to jump !".
Fight, Flight, Freeze & Denial
There are strict weight limits and age criteria. this is enforced and put in place purely to safeguard you as an individual. Please be aware o these limits and be honest about your weight etc, before booking. There is no point in being economical with the truth only to be denied the chance to jump on the day. If you need to lose a few pounds, be sensible as to how much you will realistically lose in the time scale you have given yourself.
Under 18 need parental consent
Under 40 years old can self certify Medical declaration
This course is underwritten by the British Parachute Association and the following subjects are mandated to be delivered. To prepare you for all eventualities this course will cover in depth:
- Documentation and Orientation - All the British Parachute Association Rules and Insurances that cover Sport Parachuting
- Kit Familiarisation - How the equipment works and what makes the sport as safe as it is.
- Stability and Exits - How to exit the aircraft as a stable platform for the parachute to safely deploy from
- Aircraft Emergencies - What to carry out in what circumstances
- Canopy Control - How to fly the parachute to the Parachute Landing Area (PLA)
- Parachute Landing falls - How to arrive in style
- Hazardous Landings - If landing anywhere other than the intended PLA how to deal with difficulties
- Malfunctions Drills - How to spot and deal with a canopy problem
- Hanging Harness Test (Practical test of understanding)
- Written Test (to confirm learning)
Solo Parachute Descent from 3,500'
After successfully completing al of the mandated training you will be ready to undertake you parachute descent from 3,500' under two watchful eyes of you instructor despatching you from the aircraft and another instructor on the ground to assist you where necessary.
Medical and Self Certification
The medical criteria of solo parachuting are set out on the following form from the BPA 115c . It is important that you are aware of these limitations before purchasing this training course. Self certification is taken seriously and you will be weighed and checked to confirm you fall within the safety parameters, which are there for your own safety. The declaration is replicated at the bottom of this page and form 115c will be sent to you in a download once payment has been made.
Skills to Keep You Safe in Life Staying In Control In Stressful Situations
Solo Parachuting Weight Restrictions - Height Feet/Metres Weight Stone/Kg
- 5' 2” or 1.57m Minimum 59kg up to 68kg or Min 8st 7 up to 10st 9
- 5' 3” or 1.60m No more than 70kg or 11st 1
- 5' 4” or 1.63m No more than 73kg or 11st 7
- 5' 5” or 1.65m No more than 75kg or 11st 10
- 5' 6” or 1.68m No more than 78kg or 12st 3
- 5' 7” or 1.70m No more than 80kg or 12st 7
- 5' 8” or 1.73m No more than 82kg or 12st 13
- 5' 9” or 1.75m No more than 84kg or 13st 5
- 5' 10” or 1.78m No more than 87kg or 13st 10
- 5' 11” or 1.80m No more than 89kg or 14st
- 6' or more or 1.83m or more No more than 92kg or 14st 7 Max
BPA Form 115c Declaration Outlined
I DECLARE AND CONFIRM:
I am in robust physical health and am able to exercise without restriction. I understand that being unfit or having frailty of aging will render me more prone to injury. I accept that if my weight is above the level set for my height (in the table opposite) I stand a higher than average risk of sustaining an injury on landing (approximately doubled risk for males and more than doubled for females). I know that I must check with my parachute centre about their individual overall weight limits.
I am not receiving any regular repeat medication, whether tablets, liquids, injections, patches or inhalers (contraceptive medication can be ignored for the purposes of this section). I do not have a recurrent need to use painkillers. I have never received prolonged courses of steroids or high dose steroid treatment in the past.
I understand that poor vision will endanger not only myself but also other parachutists around me. My vision is good enough to read a car number plate (made after 2001) at 20 metres. If I need glasses or contact lenses to achieve this standard, I will always wear them when parachuting. To the best of my knowledge I do not have a restricted field of vision or tunnel vision. If aged over 60 I understand I can develop serious eyesight problems without being aware of them, and that a free NHS eye test can detect this. To the best of my knowledge I am not colour blind and can easily distinguish between red and green lights, or if I do have this problem I will always inform my current chief instructor.
I have no problems with hearing, or if I have such problems I will ensure that my instructors are fully aware of them.
I do not have joint, back, sciatic or neck problems and have not been prone to these in the past. I have never had fractured or broken bones. I have NEVER dislocated a shoulder. I have not had torn tendons, ligaments or cartilages. I do not have weakness of any limbs. I have not had partial or complete loss of any limbs. I do not have rheumatism, arthritis or arthrosis.
I do not have any form of heart disease. I have never had a heart attack, myocardial infarction, coronary disease, angina, ischaemic heart disease, heart valve problems, heart failure, irregular pulse, palpitations, chest pain on exercising, peripheral vascular disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HOCM), cardiac pacemaker. I do not have a family history of sudden death at an early age. I do not have raised blood pressure or hypertension. If over 40 years of age, I understand that blood pressure problems are often “silent” and painless at first and that I should have had a blood pressure check with a qualified professional within the last five years.
I do not have any form of lung disease and can exercise vigorously without wheeze or unusual breathlessness. I have not been diagnosed with asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, fibrotic lung disease, pulmonary embolism (clot on the lung), pneumothorax (collapsed lung), Cystic Fibrosis. I do not use inhalers. I have not had a chest infection or pneumonia within the last 3 months.
I do not have any form of colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy, catheter, PEG, reservoir or other drainage, collection, infusion, shunt or pump device. I do not have any surgical implants or artificial joints. I have not had any surgical procedures within the last 3 months. I have not received an organ transplant. I do not suffer from anaemia.
I have never had a serious head injury or fractured skull. I do not have epilepsy or fits and have not suffered from recurrent giddiness, dizziness, faints, blackouts or loss of consciousness. I do not have Cerebral Palsy, Myositis, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, Motor Neurone Diseasee or any other progressive disease of the brain or nervous system. I have never had a stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or Vertebro-basilar Insufficiency (VBI). I do not suffer from disabling headaches.
I do not have diabetes. I do not have any form of endocrine or hormonal disease or deficiency such as thyroid or adrenal problems. I have never been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis (reduced bone strength).
I do not have a history of drug or alcohol dependence.
I do not have anxiety, depression or post traumatic stress disorder and have neither needed to see a doctor nor needed any treatment for any of these in the last 2 years. I have never been diagnosed as having psychosis, schizophrenia, manic-depressive psychosis, bipolar disease or any other serious mental illness. I do not have a history of self-harming behaviour or suicide attempts.
I do not have significant learning difficulties, behavioural problems, ADHD, mental subnormality, Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21) or any other form of trisomy. I do not have any problems with my memory. I have not been diagnosed as suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease or significant cognitive impairment.
I do not have sinus or ear disease. I do not suffer from ear or sinus pain on commercial flights. I understand that colds or sore throats may make me temporarily unfit to parachute because they increase the risk of ear or sinus pain or damage.
I have not been diagnosed as having cancer in any form.
I have not donated blood in the last 6 months, or if I have donated within the last 6 months I have had a subsequent blood test showing my blood count is still normal.
I am not on sick leave and am not currently certified as unfit for work. I do not receive any form of sickness benefit, disability benefit or attendance allowance. I have not received a terminal diagnosis. I am not waiting for the results of any tests or investigations. I am not under medical review for any problems
To the best of my knowledge, I am not pregnant.
I do not have any form of infectious disease such as hepatitis, HIV or tuberculosis, which could pose a risk to first aiders if I was seriously injured and needed resuscitating.
If my health status changes so that this declaration is no longer valid, I will stop parachuting until I have received qualified medical advice and certification.
I understand that the purpose of this declaration is to enhance my safety and that of others around me. I know that if I am unable to complete it truthfully, or do not understand any part of the form, I must postpone any jump until I have obtained qualified advice.
I have had enough time to read (or be read) this form. I have understood it or taken appropriate advice to enable me to understand it.
Now go forth and challenge your fearsConrad Allen
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