Rules & safety

Rules and regulations

  1. The Skydive Spa asbl promotes by its activities the practice of sport parachuting in each of its disciplines (Initiation jump - Relative flight - C.R.W. - Voltige - Free style - P.A. or any other new discipline).
    The parachutes (main and reserve) used by the club for the training are of the wing type and all the materials are equipped with an AAD. No initiation on round parachutes is planned.
  2. Every skydiver, member of the Skydive Spa, must have read, at the time of his registration to the club, the present internal rules and regulations and be committed to comply with them. To this end, a copy will be posted visibly at the valves of the Para-club.
    Parachutists passing through the club must comply with these rules in the same manner.
  3. All skydivers participating in the activities of Skydive Spa agree to respect the regulations of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (F.A.I.) and the Fédération Wallonne des Clubs de Parachutisme.
  4. a)Since its inception, Skydive Spa has been managed by a Board of Directors (BOD) made up of members elected at the General Assembly. b)A General Assembly (G.A.) will be held annually before March 31. During this meeting, a report will be made on the results of the past season, on the situation of the club at the sporting and financial levels and on the projects and future prospects of interest to the members.c)To have the right to vote at the AGM, it is necessary to be a member in good standing of both Skydive Spa and the Walloon Federation of Skydiving Clubs and to have made at least one jump as part of the club's activities during the past season or to participate actively in the life of the club. 
  5. The Skydive Spa is a purely sports club and no political or religious discussions or propaganda are allowed.
  6. The Skydive Spa being located on a domain of the Walloon Region, the members of the club will respect the installations and will conform to the directives and remarks emanating from the persons in charge of the site.
    Any infraction will be severely sanctioned by the Board of Directors.
  7. In order to be allowed to make one or more jumps as part of the activities organized by Skydive Spa or supported by it, the parachutist must be in good medical order as well as in terms of insurance, license and club membership.
    He/she must comply with the regulations in force concerning the progression and the attribution of the different certificates of aptitude for skydiving.
  8. A parachutist may not report for boarding for the purpose of jumping if he/she has consumed alcoholic beverages, drugs, or if he/she is under the influence of medication that may impair his/her physical and/or mental abilities.
  9. The Chief Instructor (or his substitute) must prohibit from jumping or exclude from the current session the parachute that meets the description in point 8 of these rules.
  10. The Chief Instructor (or alternate) may suspend or stop the jumping session when he/she
    The Chief Instructor (or his/her designate) may suspend or stop the jumping session when he/she deems that circumstances warrant it.
    The Chief Instructor (or his/her replacement) may prohibit the use of any material and/or equipment by any parachutist when he/she deems that the parachutist's ability to use such material and/or equipment is not in conformity with the safety conditions required for skydiving.
    All equipment must be inspected at least once a year by a recognized Rigger.
    The reserve parachute must have been opened, vented and repacked by a qualified person before the repacking deadline (1x/year).
    A parachutist whose reserve parachute is not in packing order will not be allowed to use this equipment.
    Every user of a personal parachute commits himself to use equipment that has undergone the annual inspection by a recognized Rigger and a reserve parachute in packing order, in accordance with the regulations of the Federation that issued his license.
    He must be able to provide documents proving the respect of these conditions.
    Any exchange of parachutes between parachutists must be approved by the Chief Instructor (or an Assistant Instructor) who, if necessary, will have the parachutist adopting the new equipment tested or retrained in the use of the new opening system.
    The Chief Instructor (or his/her designate) may prohibit a parachutist from jumping or exclude him/her from the current jump session if the parachutist's behavior endangers his/her safety or the safety of others.
    Any jump ban or exclusion from the jumping session may, if necessary, be followed by a temporary or permanent exclusion from the club's activities.
  11. Tout para possesseur d'un parachute personnel est sensé connaître le pliage de celui-ci et être à même de le plier de manière à pouvoir l'utiliser en toute sécurité.
  12. Les parachutes réserve des équipements club ne peuvent être pliés que par le chef-moniteur, les aides-moniteurs ou par toute autre personne jugée apte à le faire et désignée à cette fin par décision du chef-moniteur.
  13. L'équipement club est remis contre caution à l'utilisateur par le chef-moniteur, un aide-moniteur ou toute autre personne désignée à cet effet.
    L'utilisateur d'un équipement club est responsable en cas de perte ou dégradation si celle-ci est due à sa négligence ou à sa volonté manifeste. Il devra, dans ce cas, assurer le remboursement des éventuelles réparations à effectuer sur le matériel.
  14. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the packing area.
  15. The price and conditions of jumping are fixed at the beginning of the season but can be reviewed by the Board of Directors during the season.
  16. Payment for jumps must be made before boarding.
  17. In the interest of safety, any damage to club equipment should be reported immediately to a club officer.
  18. The packing of club parachutes must be done by certified packers.
  19. Any parachutist who has completed his or her progression is expected to be able to release on his or her own.
    Students may only be released on automatic by an instructor or by a parachutist approved by the Board of Directors who is familiar with the safety system used in the club and its use.
  20. The type of progression will be determined by the Board of Directors.
    It may be modified at any time according to the same procedure.
  21. The points specifying the conditions of admission to the Skydive Spa, the type of progression imposed on the students, the safety rules to be respected will be included in the annexes to the Internal Regulations.
  22. The Board of Directors may, at any time, make changes to these Internal Regulations.
  23. All cases not provided for in these rules shall be decided by the Board of Directors.

Safety rules: Stay safe!

Safety on the ground

  • It is forbidden to smoke in the hangar and near the canopies and parachutes.
  • It is forbidden to consume alcohol or any other substance that could be harmful to the jump
  • register your jump at least 10 minutes before the departure of the plane
  • 10 min call = fitting, equipment check (by an instructor if you have less than 20 jumps), verification, descent to the boarding (preparation of the exit order)
  • once you land, never cross the runway, you must go around it. Also keep a distance of 50 meters from the runway.
  • after landing, you are not alone, look up so as not to interfere with another skydiver's landing.
  • Before crossing the Taxiway, look left and right to make sure the taxiway is clear (priority to aircraft)
  • if you are the subject of a remark by the TD or a member of the staff, please comply. The TD or staff will give reasons if necessary.

Safety in the aircraft

  • Set the exit order before the aircraft arrives
  • Know the drop axis and the landing direction before getting on the plane
  • Group jumps (from 2): check qualifications (WARP, FF license...)
  • Sit in the exit order unless necessary to place in the third line next to the tandems
  • Mandatory : helmets on and seatbelt up to 500m
  • Know the safety rules during an emergency exit :
    > Below 500 m: Crash position,
    > From 500 m to 900m: exit and activate reserve,
    > From 900m to 4000m: normal exit
  • Be ready 2-5 minutes before the jump (goggles, helmet, altimeter, gearcheck)
  • Mandatory emergency/cutaway drill before the jump
  • Beginners : check with a qualified instructor for exit timing
  • If you notice that there are large cloud masses, adapt the groups to ensure safety in freefall
  • Red light : open the door
  • Green light : exit directly (remember that you are not alone on the plane)
  • At the exit, do not jump up towards the tail of the aircraft

Safety in freefall

  • Check your altitude regularly

  • Pay attention to the differences in speed that can be generated by certain body positions

  • Passage of clouds in freefall: stay in place to avoid collision, no greater horizontal displacement. If no visibility before 1200 m, track and pull.

  • Break-off altitude between 1500 and 1200m to allow for sufficient separation.

  • Higher break-off is always possible! Open your parachute by 1000 m (some parachutes require more than 300 m to open)

    → We never open directly above or below other jumpers!

Safety under canopy

Attention, you are not alone under your parachute!
Always keep an eye out for other jumpers and be prepared to steer clear.

  • APO: Altitude – Position – Orientation
  • If you need to avoid another jumper: steer to the right
  • Check the position of other parachutists before entering the landing pattern
  • Always respect the designated landing direction
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