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USPA B-License Courses

CCD 1.1: Canopy Proficiency — Essential Canopy Skills
CCD 1.2: Live Water Landing Training

CCD 1.1:
Canopy Proficiency —
Essential Canopy Skills

Contents: Self-accountability. Situational awareness. Analyzing your environment and making educated decisions. Flying precise and predictable patterns. Learning proper flare technique. Improving accuracy. Learn to fly defensively (do not confuse with "passively"!).

Your training jumps will start at app. 5,000 feet AGL, where you will deploy immediately so you can completely focus on flying your canopy.

Each jump focuses on a different essential skill:

B-License Canopy Course - Jump 1

Jump 1

Equipment, practice flares, and evaluation

B-License Canopy Course - Jump 2

Jump 2

Basic aerodynamics and effective flaring

B-License Canopy Course - Jump 3

Jump 3

Braked canopy flight

B-License Canopy Course - Jump 4

Jump 4

Rear riser applications and long spot navigation

B-License Canopy Course - Jump 5

Jump 5

Toggle stalls and stall recovery

B-License Canopy Course - coach filming approach and landing

All Jumps

An Axis coach will watch your entire canopy flight and take a video of your approach and landing. There will be a video debrief and theoretical class work with power point slides between each jump.

B-License Exam

The written USPA B License exam can be administered on request.

CCD 1.2: Live Water Landing Training

Topics of discussion
will be:

Decision Altitude

Water Training 1Water Training 2Water Training 3Water Training 4

Water Landings Theory


B-License Exam

The written USPA B License exam can be administered on request.

Organizational Information

Your Agenda for the Day

Here is a quick break down of what you can expect for the course:

The Next Course is scheduled for

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Courses CCD 1.1 and CCD 1.2 usually take place on the same day

Related Articles by AXIS

More Than Just a Sign-Off — Training for Water Landings
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.

Why Stall?
Anyone who takes a quick look at the USPA Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card (the completion of which is required to receive a B license) will notice that most of the maneuvers are of the slowflight variety. The big question jumpers always ask is, "Why do I need to perform stalls? What practical application does it offer?" Learning more about slow flight and stalls not only prepares you to land your parachute better, but also teaches you just how versatile your wing can be.

Reading Surface Wind Conditions
Increase your situational awareness and increase your ability to make better landing pattern and directions decisions. Better anticipate your movement across the ground (holding, running, and crabbing). Anticipate and avoid turbulent conditions.

Braked Canopy Flight
Increase your awareness of a canopy's control range, bank angle and angle of attack. Increase your landing proficiency and improve your long-spot navigation with a tailwind (when pilot is upwind of the target). Increase your mobility in breaked flight and thereby ease congestion in the landing pattern through vertical separation.

Relative Glide
Understanding the difference between glide ration and relative glide. Understanding how to best manipulate your canopy's control range to affect relative glide.

Rear-Riser Stall
Increase your awareness of the slow-flight range of your canopy. Learn to recover from a stall with minimum loss of altitude. Understand when you are no longer maximizing forward glide. Learn how to prevent high-speed stalls (particularly for high-performance canopy pilots).

Toggle Stalls
Understand your canopy's slow-flight characteristics and its limits (the stall point). Improve your landings by making smoother and more precise inputs. Further your knowledge of braked (flat) turns for obstacle avoidance, to minimize altitude loss when turning and to maintain vertical separation from others when turning in the pattern.


USPA Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card
USPA Skydivers Information Manual (SIM)
Passages to Study


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