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Photo by Niklas Daniel

Load Organizer Course

Load Organizers

Usually these figures are well-respected local jumpers, and or national- and world-class competitors. They use their vast knowledge, experience, and personalities to create a fun and inviting atmosphere for less experienced jumpers to generate revenue for the DZ. They do this by acting as a “jumping concierge”.

Photo by Niklas Daniel

By engaging and jumping with newbie’s, introducing jumpers to one another, addressing safety issues and DZ rules, as well as jumping as much as possible, all the while coming up with fun and challenging jumps. The number one priority is fostering an inclusive atmosphere, especially for visitors and jumpers new to the sport.

(Nik’s article on the different kinds of mentorship roles – work in progress)

Participation in this course is no guarantee for hire, but it will get you on the right path and understanding of what the job description and demands of this line of work are. Load organizers can specialize in one of several disciplines, such as: belly (FS), free-flying, angle-flying, wing-suiting, canopy flocking, and many more.

Photo by Niklas Daniel

Brianne Thompson oversees the Load Organizer program at Skydive Arizona. If you would like to apply for a position, have questions, or would like to receive training to better qualify you as a candidate, please contact her at brianne [at] axisflightschool.com.

Prerequisites (to be considered for hire at SDAZ)

  • USPA C License
  • USPA Coach Rating
  • Wind tunnel proficient
  • 500 jumps
  • People Skills
     
  • Competition experience in your chosen discipline is preferred, but not required.

Available Merits

Load Organizer Ready

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to organize and jump with groups of various skill levels.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) USPA C License, b) USPA Coach Rating, c) Proficient Wind Tunnel Flyer, d) Logged 500+ jumps, e) People Skills, f) Competition experience in chosen discipline.

Body Flight Theory—Part 1:
A Skydiving Coordinate System

By Niklas Daniel. Photos and illustrations by Niklas Daniel.

In order to fully exploit our body’s maneuvering potential in the air, we have to understand what is aerodynamically and physically possible and which underlying principles apply. This paper will eventually cover theory and application for all human flight disciplines, whether for training purposes or general inquiries.

The goal of part 1 of this paper is to establish a more elegant and convenient way to visualize body-flight movement with the purpose of creating order by introducing AXIS systems. You will be introduced to aerodynamic fundamentals and principles of a person in freefall – be it skydiving, base jumping, or flying in a vertical wind tunnel.

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