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This is the fundamental entry level USPA Instructor rating. It will be the foundation that you will build upon while you obtain all of your other ratings. This course will give you the basic tools and understanding needed to instruct general skydiving concepts. This course also teaches coaches how to teach group freefall skills and teach new students how to build upon their newly developed skill sets.
The course focuses on adult learning principles, teaching techniques and understanding the ISP, as well as applying useful strategies to be successful in applying and teaching skydiving to novice students.
Prepare for the Ground Evaluation portion and the training section by reviewing the Coach Candidate Manual you receive after registration. Print the pages and bring them with you to the course or bring a tablet or laptop with the file. Make sure you have a SIM and IRM. Please familiarize yourself with these two important references. In order to facilitate that, you must have the Coach Test from the IRM completed BEFORE you show up for the course. You should also review SIM sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 9. Here are some demo videos of teaching some of the lessons you should be familiar with:
CAT G1 GROUND
G1 - Introduction, setting up goals, demoing the jump (whole) (4:23)
G1 - Practicing the different sections and breaking down the skills (parts)
Floater Exit (6:48)
Examples of "Show me" (:27)
Forward Movement (4:37)
Breakoff Sequence new skill (3:56)
Reverse Turns (1:22)
Landing Pattern review (:46)
G1 - Putting it all together for flow (whole) (7:18)
CAT G2 GROUND
G2 - Intro, goals, demo (whole) (3:35)
G2 - Practicing and breaking down skills (parts)
Diver Exit (7:11)
Breakoff review (:47)
Flattest Glide (8:29)
G2 - Putting it back together for flow (whole) 5:09
Prepare for the Air Evaluation portion of the course by doing 2 way relative work jumps with a friend, practicing flying close, laying a solid base, as well as making up distance. The air evals are not as high as standards for AFF Instructors, but you must be able to unconciously fly your body well enough to observe a student in close proximity. Other peripheral freefall skills you may need to work on include fall rate, observation skills, and effective feedback.
CAT G AIR
To participate in a USPA Coach Course you will need the following:
Have your Proficiency Card: You need to have this card filled out in all the required areas before showing up at the course. It is a good idea to attend as many FJC's and observe some of your seasoned instructors teach the ISP and see how they apply it. You can find this card in the back of the IRM or download it from the USPA, or have your supervising instructor mark these items completed in USPA's online verification system. Be sure to have the required areas done, most of the topics on the card will be covered by or signed by the Coach Course Director or evaluator.
You must complete the required pre-course exam prior to arriving to the course. You will be given a link to take this exam after your eXaminer enrolls you in the course, or take the paper exam located in the back of the IRM along with the answer sheet. You must have a passing score is 80% before the start of the actual course and it will be graded before day one. It is an open book test where you will have to use and read the SIMS and IRM - if you do not bring your test you must score 100% at the course. Have your SIMS and IRM: Books need to be no older than 2 years old. If you have a hard copy book, you must also print off the revisions from USPA's downloads section so that you have the most current information. Otherwise, you can bring a laptop or tablet to use the pdf versions and SIM app.
The Course is three full days.
You must receive a satisfactory score in the following areas to complete the course:
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