One week of ground training.
One week of Parachuting. Weather permitting, so don't get too hacked off if you only get a couple of jumps in and have to go back later to qualify.
Its not Sport Parachuting, thats why the time spent ground training is extended, so if you suffer bi-lateral open femoral fractures on your first night drop having forgotton to lower your bergan before landing it doesnt come as a complete surprise.
It was summer 1990 thats all I can recall, I have a copy of the jump card, a few GATWs and acouple of right abortions starting with the first jump where I was threatened with being RTU'd.... instead of a big stable arch this muppet curled up in a ball, managed to do a forward role through his own risers and land in the very same fetal position, not even looking up to check the shoot had opened and ignoring the screams on the one way radio to kick out of about thirty twists in the risers
I came down on the range at the back of the club much to the amusement of the rest of the course.
I was dragged in front of the course OC who was also AAC, he told me I was a prick and that I needed to switch on or he would ensure I never got my impending first promotion......... did me the world of good, and although I never enjoyed it did OK and did all the free fall stuff.
To return to topic of jumping out of perfectly good airplane,
Did one jump only ever for charity several years ago,
Still just about able to hold down lunch when recalling whole experience,
Instructor, to whom i was straped,
Had to dislocate my finger to free us from the plane!
I'm still traumatised by experience and the b*gger still sends me offer letters to do it again.....NEVER!!!!!!
The smell of vomit..............when I did my basic para course, we had a large number of ex-TA Para lads in my recruit Plt (so they already had their wings up) two of them took a tin fruit salad up on one of the jumps. One of them opened it, munched it a bit then pretended to throw up into one of the vomit sacks.........the other one then proceeded to eat it from the sick bag....... ..........a couple of lads who were verging on chundering let rip and we had that lovely puke smell wafting through the plane..........happy days
An ancient thread I know, but I found it doing a search for info. What's the score with the basic course these days? I understand that it's still seven drops, but I also understand that the balloon drop is now history. Has that now been replaced with an extra 'clean' day jump? i.e. three 'clean' day, one 'clean' night, one 'dirty' day, one 'dirty' night (fnaar fnaar) and the final 'operational' (excersise) drop. When I say 'dirty & clean', I mean with & without kit.
I'm a little out-of-date with matters these days, and someone was asking me about what it entailed (including the [TA] all arms pre-para duration [still 1 week?]).