While many may say that it’s foolish to set New Year’s resolutions, I think that it can be a great idea. A new year is a natural place to reset and try to improve your ways. So, if you’re willing, I’ve made a list of resolutions for you to consider.
- Learn about your gear. We hear so many crazy gear stories that it is in your (and your friends) best interest to really understand your gear. How does an RSL work? When do cutaway cables need to be cleaned? Etc. Find an instructor or rigger whenever you have questions or are just pondering why something doesn’t quite look the way it used to.
- Practice your landing pattern. Most accidents occur under a perfectly good canopy. Make an effort to check the winds aloft, look at the ground winds, and watch/talk to (knowledgeable) others that are on earlier loads. Then, decide on a landing pattern, and if you have any uncertainty ask a coach or instructor to double-check your plans.
- Jump more often, especially if you are averaging less than 100 jumps per year. No one has all the time and money in the world, but you can make an effort to jump just a bit more frequently than you currently do. You’ll have more fun when people recognize at your DZ and want to jump with you, and being a current jumper almost always works in your favor.
- Learn about your gear. Too many times we let others take care of our gear for us…I’m speaking from experience here. Learn how/when to clean your cutaway cables, make new closing loops, hook up a new canopy, or many even re-learn how to pack if you have forgotten.
- Try out a new discipline. Learning new things keeps you fresh and gives you a new perspective. Everyone should do it.
- D-license holder? Commit to making just one fun jump a month with a student or newly licensed jumper. They’ll appreciate it, you’ll look like a rockstar, and hopefully some knowledge will be passed on.
- Commit to making more fun jumps per month. All work and no play leads to burnout and grumpiness.
- Watch someone else teach, even if for just a few minutes. Everyone has different ways of explaining concepts and you may be able to steal a tip or two.
- Fly a student canopy at a student wing loading. It’s probably quite a bit different than what you currently cruise around on, and it makes it that much easier to sympathize with students about the horrible fit of student gear.
Leave a comment and let us know what your 2016 resolutions will be!