USPA Winter Board Meeting Concludes


The winter meeting of the USPA Board of Directors concluded Sunday, February 12, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after three busy days of intense discussions. Below are some of the meeting highlights:

  • Beginning immediately, a new Basic Safety Requirement mandates that tandem instructors must have at least 200 tandem skydives before any camera device may be used, held or attached to the tandem instructor or tandem student.
  • The board modified the Instructional Rating Manual to make it clear which requirements candidates must meet before attending a rating certification course.
  • Effective June 1, only Coach Examiners and Instructor Examiners may submit candidate rating proficiency cards and required course documentation for the candidates in their rating courses to USPA Headquarters for processing.
  • Beginning immediately, each new AFF Instructor Examiner Rating application must be validated by the Safety & Training Committee before processing.
  • Effective June 1, the end-of-dive evaluation altitude will be raised from 3,500 feet to 4,000 feet for evaluation jumps conducted during any AFF Instructor Rating Course. All of the other altitudes related to the bottom-end sequence will also be raised 500 feet.
  • The board awarded the 2018 USPA Nationals to the following DZs:
    • Formation skydiving, artistic events and wingsuiting: Chicagoland Skydiving in Rochelle, Illinois
    • Canopy piloting, accuracy landing and canopy formation: Skydive Sebastian in Florida
    • National Collegiate Parachuting Championships: Skydive Arizona in Eloy
  • Beginning at this year’s USPA Nationals, the vertical formation skydiving event will be 10 rounds, and mixed formation skydiving will be eight rounds.

The USPA Board next meets July 21-23 in Seattle.