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Gear Check. by DocMallard Gear Check. by DocMallard
This is something I am fanatical about. Check your gear!

Failure to perform this simple routine can be one's last omission. 

Here it is from top to bottom. Each frame covers a specific thing to check. Some things are unique to my gear, and will be explained. 

1. Look over your rig. Get the big picture of how it looks first.

2. Same thing from the other side. 

3. Check the packing data card to make sure it is legal. Also note the reserve pins. Make sure they aren't bent. Make sure the rigger's seal is in place. If that is missing, it is not legal. My rig, a Racer, has the pins safely on the inside of the rig. Also note the AAD, an electronic device to fire the reserve if it finds you still in freefall at a pre-set altitude. 

4.Activate the AAD. It won't save you if you don't turn it on. Make sure you know what your specific brand of device should be displaying. 

5.Check the Three Ring Release. Make sure the rings are in good shape. If they are damaged, you might not be able to cutaway a malfunctioning main canopy. 

6 +7.Check the release cable itself.make sure everything is as it should be. 

8.Make sure the cutaway handle is properly, and securely attached. If it is loose, it might not be there when you need to find it. 

9.Make sure your reserve ripcord handle is secure, and where it belongs. You don't want to spend the rest of your life looking for it when you need it! 

10+11. Check the Leg strap hardware. Most rigs dont use this kind of hardware anymore. I'm an oldschool dinosaur who like B12 connectors. 

12. Check the pilot chute for your main. make sure it isn't hanging out like this. It might not be easy to find blowing around in the wind. It might come out at an inopportune time! 

13. Tuck it in. Make sure all of the bridal is tucked as well. 

14. Check the main closing pin. If this is loose, or worn, it might come out in the plane. This could make for a very bad day. Make sure nothing is tied up around it either. again, the making for a bad day. I have noticed, a lot of women skydivers have these on necklaces as jewelry. 

15. With a Racer, if it has a dual side RSL(Reserve Static Line-opens the reserve when you cutaway), make sure the connection is where it belongs. Most other rigs don't have this form of RSL.

16. Now that you have put your rig on, make sure the chest strap is correctly routed. If this isn't connected properly, you can fall out of the harness during opening.

17. Make sure you can reach, and grip both cutaway, and reserve handles. Do this a bunch of times before you climb on the plane. Do it again on the ride up. 

18. Double check your leg straps. 

19. Make sure you can properly reach your main pilot chute handle. Do a few times before getting on the plane. Do it again on the ride up.

Now, go have a great skydive!!





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:iconambruno:
Ambruno Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is a lot of checking to be safe
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DocMallard Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018
It takes me about three minutes!
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:iconambruno:
Ambruno Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol only 3
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DocMallard Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
Well, I have been doing these for a long time. 

A student will take about 5 minutes.

What amazes me is how quick and easy it is, yet there always seem to be someone who just skips it! 
 

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:iconambruno:
Ambruno Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that would be stupid.. id check it like a dozen times..*LOL*
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DocMallard Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
Of course this is the initial start of the day check.

Each jump get s a quick check before I don it, and after I have all my other gear on as well.

No sense getting on the plane wearing my camera helmet, if. I can't see my cutaway and reserve handles.

On the ride up I check each handle, leg straps, and pilot chute twice on the ride up.
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Ambruno Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good..glad to hear that
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phallen1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice photo set. How old is that harness & container if you don't mind me asking?
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:icondocmallard:
DocMallard Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
2014
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Check it like your life depended on it...
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DocMallard Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
It does!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Did my five yea many decades ago.
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:iconambruno:
Ambruno Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Living vicariously through you.. take pics and videos
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