Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School rocking a steam punk outfit in the Arizona Desert.
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Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School, with Steve Curtis of Arizona Arsenal, recorded some video footage for Go Pro on October 22nd, 2014. Parts of the video were featured on the 60 Minutes segment “GoPro Moment” on February 4th, 2015. The final edit is scheduled to be released on Go Pro’s You Tube Channel very soon. Special thanks to: Samantha, Trunk, Wade and Robin for helping us get the shots!
60 Minutes SportsGoPro Moment Intro Curtis and Brianne flying head down Brianne approaching the slip and slide Brianne on the slip and slideCurtis demonstrates precision on landing60 Minutes end credits, Curtis, Brianne and Nik build a “3-stack” over Skydive Arizona with their high performance canopies.
Training for intentional and unintentional water landings is an important part of a skydiver’s learning progression and is required to receive the USPA B license. Unfortunately, most jumpers rarely give it much thought after their instructors sign them off for this skill, and few take the time to carefully consider the dangers involved. Unless you’ve landed in water, you probably can’t truly appreciate how difficult it is. However, whether you are landing in water intentionally or unintentionally or are just training in a controlled environment, the methods of dealing with your equipment will be very similar. So, it’s a good idea to review your water training occasionally—regardless of your experience level—just in case you need to use it. Skydiver’s Information Manual Sections 5-1 and 6-5contain lots of valuable information about water landings and how water training should be conducted. Here are some additional hints, reminders and suggestions gleaned from both practical experience and experimentation in a swimming pool:
COMMON PRECURSORS TO UNINTENTIONAL WATER LANDINGS
ELEMENTS OF WATER LANDINGS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO FATAL INJURIES
VARIABLES WHEN IN WATER
PREPARATION FOR ENTRY
CLEARING EQUIPMENT IN THE WATER
STRATEGIES FOR DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS
Water training can be a fun and educational experience, so don’t just think of it as something you need to get out of the way to get your B license; enjoy the learning process. And don’t forget to review your procedures occasionally: You’ll be a completely different jumper at different stages in your career, and you may also be using additional equipment like a wingsuit or camera helmet that you’ll need to contend with.
About the Author
Brianne Thompson, D-30035, and Niklas Daniel, D-28906, own and run AXIS Flight School, which offers coaching in a variety of disciplines to licensed skydivers of any skill level. AXIS is headquartered at Skydive Arizona in Eloy and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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