Category G

Exiting in a group, it's getting real!


You are required to successfully complete the following before making your category G skydives

What to expect

Freefall skills in Category G address group skydiving maneuvers. They are outlined here for the discipline of formation skydiving (flat, or belly flying) but can be performed in other orientations with a USPA Coach knowledgeable in those techniques. The same performance and advancement criteria for maneuvering, docking, breakoff, and gaining separation for a safe opening apply, however.

In Category G, you'll review more in depth the procedures for avoiding and responding to canopy collisions, always more of a risk in group jumping. By now, you should be looking for traffic and steering with rear risers before releasing your brakes.

After opening, you'll explore the performance envelope of the ram-air canopy to prevent surprises near the ground. Practice includes maximum-performance turns, reverse turns, and keeping the wing in balance during performance maneuvers to avoid a line twist. You'll learn to feel the turn.

You'll take another look at avoiding tree landings and what to do in case one is inevitable.

All skydivers need to respect the power of various kinds of weather, which begins with understanding basic weather patterns and reading the danger signals. A pilot or instructor advises you on practical ways to predict the kind of weather that could compromise your safety.

Free-Fall Dive Flow

  • Coach observes spot
  • Take up appropriate float position
  • Initiate count with coach approval
  • Exit and face direction of flight until stable (2-3 seconds)
  • Coach will move into position and dock
  • Check altitude and nod
  • Coach backs up five feet and increases fall rate
  • Remain in position and match coach's fall rate
  • Check altitude after each maneuver or every five seconds; which ever occurs first
  • Coach slows fall rate
  • Remain in position and match coach's fall rate
  • Repeat until proficient
  • Break off at 5,500 feet while coach remains in position to evaluate track
  • Wave off and pull by 3,500 feet

Canopy Dive Flow

  • Check and clear for traffic
  • Make a sharp balanced 90° turn
  • Reverse the toggle position aggressively and make a balanced 180-degree turn
  • Check position and traffic
  • Repeat to no lower than 2,500 feet, in case of line twist
  • Coach measures the student's landing distance from a planned target

Book Stuff

Please read the following before arriving for your category G skydives

  • USPA SIM Category G Sections A-F
  • USPA Recommendations for Tree Landings
  • USPA Recommendations for Experienced Jumpers for AADs/RSLs
  • UPSA Recommendations for Canopy Collisions
  • USPA Recommendations for Weather
  • USPA Recommendations for Group Freefall
  • USPA Recommendations for Break-Offs for Free-Flying Groups

Category G Quiz

Take the category G quiz to see if you have the knowledge

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