About Safety Day

March 11, 2017

In early spring, the skydiving season for much of the country is just crawling out of hibernation. Most skydivers don’t jump through the cold months as often as they do in the summer, and their skills are a bit rusty. That’s when Safety Day comes. Safety Day is typically held on the second Saturday in March; however, some drop zones hold it on alternate dates. Established in 1997 from an idea by Patti Chernis, Safety Day provides a worldwide forum at local drop zones to prepare jumpers for the year ahead. Safety Day promotes safety programs and helps inform jumpers of new developments and review important information and procedures. Activities typically include hands-on review and practice of safety procedures, seminars from skydiving operation professionals and experts, equipment evaluations and more. Most days end with a social get together. USPA encourages all jumpers of all experience levels to attend. Every drop zone should host Safety Day. The below DZs have notified USPA that they will be hosting Safety Day. If you don’t see your drop zone listed, contact the DZO or S&TA to express your interest and see what they have planned. 

Participating Drop Zones

Skydive Alabama
Alaska Skydive Center (4/15)
Red Rock Skydiving (3/26)
Skydive Arizona
Skydive Skyranch
Skydive California (3/19)
Skydive Monterey Bay
Skydive Perris
Skydive San Diego
Skydive Taft
Connecticut Parachutists, Inc
Skydive Danielson (3/26)
Skydive Delmarva, Inc. (4/01)
North Florida Skydiving
Skydive City Zephyrhills
Skydive Palatka (3/18)
World Skydiving Center (3/24)
Skydive Atlanta
Skydive Idaho/DZONE Skydiving (4/01)
Chicagoland Skydiving Center (3/26)
Skydive Chicago (3/17)
Jerry’s Skydiving Circus
Skydive Windy City-Chicago (4/15)
Des Moines Skydivers
Skydive New England (4/01)
Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club (3/18)
Skydive Allegan (4/08)
Skydive Tecumseh
Skydive Adventures
Crete Skydiving Center
Lincoln Sport Parachute Club

Skydive Fyrosity
New Jersey
Skydive Cross Keys
New Mexico
Skydive New Mexico
North Carolina
Skydive Coastal Carolinas
Skydive Paraclete XP
AerOhio Skydiving
Alliance Sport Parachute Club / Skydive Rick’s (3/26)
Canton Airports
Cleveland Skydiving Center (3/18)
Skydive Cincinnati
Start Skydiving (3/04)
Oklahoma Skydiving Center
Scissortail Skydiving (3/17)
Skydive Airtight
Skydive Awesome! (5/07)
Skydive Pennsylvania (3/12)
Sky's the Limit Skydiving Center
Jump TN
Skydive East Tennessee
Skydive Tennessee
Skydive San Marcos
Ogden Skydiving Center
Skydive Utah
DC Skydiving Center
Skydive Orange
Skydive Suffolk (3/18)
Virginia Skydiving Center
Kapowsin Air Sports
Skydive Snohomish
West Plains Skydiving "The Ritz"
Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, WI
Skydive Milwaukee
Skydive The Rock (3/12)
Skydive Wissota
Go Fly Paraquedismo
Sky Company Clube e Escola de Paraquedismo
Skydive Sofia, Bulgaria (2/25)
Skydive Gananoque (3/18)
Skydive Vancouver
Czech Republic
Dropzone Prostejov
Dropzone Denmark
Skydive Karjala (2/18)
Skydive Balaton (4/15)
The Zoo Skydiving
Swakopmund Skydiving Club
TNT Brothers, Romania (3/26)
Skydive Lillo Skydive Lillo
The following DZs are not current USPA Group Member or Foreign Affiliate Drop Zones, but have indicated they will be hosting a USPA Safety Day event.

Alimarche Skydive Fano (ITA) 4/08
Skydive Greene County (OH)
Planning Your DZ's Next Safety Day
  1. Announce to your jumpers that your DZ is hosting a Safety Day.
    You may want to offer incentives to boost attendance. Many DZs offer free or discounted jump tickets, free food, discounted reserve pack jobs, door prizes, or any combination. And plan a party for afterward.

  2. Select a suitable location.
    Think comfort. If the hangar won't be warm or large enough, consider a restaurant, school gym, motel, or veteran's lodge. Anticipate a good turnout and be sure you have room for lectures, training-harness drills, and rig inspections.

  3. Put a training syllabus and staff together.
    Feel free to use the training ideas included here, which involve the four modules or stations below, with just some ideas on content.
    • Gear Check and Review— Have jumpers inspect their rigs with a rigger. Check closing loops and flaps, pilot chute snugness and condition, velcro, three-ring condition, RSL routing, AAD compliance with battery and factory check, etc.
    • Skydiving Emergency Review and Drills— Review all types of problems, reinforce altitude awareness, discuss disorientation, practice in a suspended harness.
    • Canopy Flight and Landing Patterns—Use aerial photos to show acceptable and unacceptable outs, review hazards, establish or review landing patterns, and discuss canopy handling toward preventing low-turn accidents.
    • Aircraft Procedures and Emergencies—Review exit order and loading procedures, seat belt and weight and balance concerns, spotting procedures, visibility minimums and cloud clearances, air traffic control requirements, and aircraft emergency scenarios.

  4. Don't forget the PR.
    Give recognition to those who turn out and those who teach. Remember that many local news organizations may want to provide news coverage. And consider that the skydivers who don't participate may need more of your staff's attention when the season kicks in.

  5. The Ches Judy Award | Selections Due by February 21.

    A Special Honor: Receiving the Ches Judy Award

    Do you know a jumper who always looks out for others or whose efforts make your drop zone a safer place? Safety Day is the perfect time to give that deserving someone recognition for a job well done. Remind your S&TA or drop zone owner to select a recipient for the Chesley H. Judy Safety Award. The award should be presented to someone who, in the previous year through example, deed, training or innovation, has promoted safe skydiving in a substantive way. To receive a free, frameable certificate to present to your DZ’s Ches Judy Award winner, Safety & Training Advisors or drop zone operators should send the full name of the recipient, the drop zone location and the presenter’s mailing address to safety@uspa.org no later than February 21.

  6. Reporting on Safety Day | Submissions Due by March 20
    A list of all participating drop zones, photos of the various Ches Judy award recipients, a report on any new or innovative ideas and a selection of the day’s best snapshots will appear in the May issue of Parachutist. Drop zones must submit reports and photos by March 20 to be considered for print publication. Submissions should be made via the form that will be available on this page after March 1. The Ches Judy recipient photo should be a headshot or a crop-able photo in which the recipient is prominent.

Like skydiving, Safety Day is also about fun. It certainly won't be hard to encourage jumpers to get together at the end of the day's activities for some mid-winter socializing. Make sure to include that in your Safety Day plan, too!