Preparation is key and encompasses everything you can do to prepare your body and mind before actually leaving the aircraft.
Healthful rest is not a luxury; it is a requirement.
- Healthy Food
Eat well a couple of hours beforehand, then for the last two hours before the dive, avoid foods, drinks, and portion sizes which might inhibit your performance.
Skydiving is a sport. You are now an athlete so give your body a warm-up to ready yourself for action.
- Practicing With Your Team
Think of your mind as a flight computer. You are now programming it with the details of the upcoming flight. Become fully familiar with the dive flow (the exit, free-fall, and separation parts of your skydive) in conjunction with the others on your jump. Review in real time what your group wants to achieve, and quantify how you will gauge the success of the jump.
- Reviewing the Fundamentals
If you are new to the Drop Zone, discuss with our experts how to use Virtual Spot to help plan your dive. Virtual Spot will help you become familiar with the DZ from altitude, plan your approximate exit point, and determine your canopy flight pattern. Confirm the exit points with others on the load, use of airspace, and the traffic landing pattern.
- Gear Check
The gear check you learned as a student will remain vital throughout your skydiving career to make sure you leave the aircraft with equipment which will work as needed when needed. Check all your equipment before you put it on; then ask another skydiver to give you a gear check on jump-run. Review your emergency procedures.
Breathing helps you to relax, and when you relax, you fly better.
- More Practice - Dirt Dive
Mindful of the countdown, perform an unhurried, geared-up dirt dive. During the dirt dive, you will practice the details of the jump in real time, with everyone involved: exit, free-fall, break-off, and opening. This is also a good time to confirm coordinating hand signals and key signals to/from other jumpers. Two pairs of eyes on anything helps - have someone else check your equipment afterward, as something could have been jostled in the process.
- Calm Boarding and Meditation
Aboard the plane, get comfortable and relax. Climb to altitude at ease and visualize yourself, in intricate detail, performing each albeit minute step of a perfect skydive. Assuage jangled nerves by concentrating on focused anddeep, slow breaths. Smle - release chemicals in your brain to feel calmer and more positive.
- Pin Check!
On jump run, ask someone to give you a final pin check. Do not end the skydive embarrassingly and early with a painful preliminary deployment.
The preparation part of PEDaL is coming to a close. As you move into position to exit the aircraft, take calm, deep breaths. You are now prepared, and you are about to execute.