Advanced Training

Become instructor
Coach 1

The Coach 1 is the entry level to the CSPA rating system. The Coach 1’s role is to assist novices in acquiring basic skills. The novice skydivers have learned their survival skills but are not ready for their introduction to Formation Skydiving (Relative Work). The Coach 1 is there to challenge the novices and prevent them from going off on their own and teaching themselves the next skills (Stages 5 to 8 from the Basic Skills Grid), or worse, doing something beyond their ability which can lead to a dangerous situation. Novices will see the Coach 1 as a friend who they can relate to and share their new learning experiences. They can get valuable feedback on how to improve their individual skills.

Privileges

The privileges of this rating are to:

1. Coach

  • Solo Certificate skydivers through Stages 5 to 8 of the Basic Skills Grid

2. Supervise

  • students with packing and gearing up

3. Assist

  • any rated Instructor with students while under direct supervision
  • Coach 2 with skill development programs for novices

4. Signoff

  • accuracy landing distances, freefall and canopy manoeuvers for “A” CoP
  • training for packing towards Main Packing Endorsement

5. Qualify

Prerequisites

  1. CSPA “B” CoP
  2. Observe role of a Coach 1 on the dropzone
  3. Pre-course sections of Coach 1 Workbook completed
  4. Review all skills in Stages 5 to 8 with PIM 2A
  5. The candidate must provide a video tape for evaluation on the course of a jump within the last 12 months (confirmed by a logbook entry and signed by the cameraman), in which the following are demonstrated (as per PIM 2A) on the same jump (minimum 9,000 ft):
  • Dive out to the camera (half second delay)
  • Back Loop
  • Front Loop
  • Right Barrel Roll
  • Left Barrel Roll
  • Delta
  • Back Slide
  • 180º Turn and Track
  • emphasis is on proper execution of each rotation and the precision of headings rather than the speed of rotation
  • age of majority

Course Curriculum

The training course is normally held over a full three day period. Typically starting on a Friday and completing at the end of the weekend. Considerable flexibility is built into the course as dropzone demands and weather dictate.

The course is divided into modules:

1. Introduction – Course overview, CSPA Coaching System Overview

2. Coaching Techniques – methods of coaching novice skydivers

3. Skydiving Skills – techniques necessary to analyze skill performance in air

4. Technical Knowledge – theoretical knowledge a coach must know

5. Safety – topics that a coach must be alert to, developing safety routines

6. Ethics – ethical decision making

7. Course Summary – written quiz, interviews

Evaluation

Evaluations on this course are:

1. Coaching Ability – 3 evaluations of candidate in air coaching role

2. Skill Analysis – assessed flying ability, perform freefall and canopy control analysis

3. Teaching Task – teach a freefall and technical knowledge task, and debrief task

4. Skydiving Skills – solo manoeuvre jump (video), demonstrate a controlled accuracy approach, demonstrate close proximity exits, and separation through tracking

5. Equipment Skills – demonstrate systematic main packing

6. Written – teaching task lesson plan, written quiz

The minimum pass criteria for the Coaching Ability (3 separate evaluation jumps) is 80%.

The minimum pass criteria for the Written Quiz is 80%.

Practical

The following practical requirements for the coach’s portfolio must be met within 1 year of completing the training course:

  • Complete 3 “hello to good-bye” coach contacts. The final contact is to be observed and debriefed by a certified Coach 2 on the ground and in air.
  • have a minimum of 75 jumps of any kind
  • pass the CAC “Make Ethical Decisions” online evaluation
  • complete all tasks within one calendar year
  • complete and submit C1 portfolio

If the coach is unable to complete the practical requirements within one year, a request for a rating extension must be made, explaining why the practical was not completed. This must be made in writing to the CSPA office.

Failure to file the request or complete the requirements after the extension date will lapse the rating and result in removal from the Coach 1 registry.

Online Ethics Module

Before you can begin the online CAC Ethics module, you will need to have your NCCP number. This number is assigned by the NCCP (not CSPA) and you would have received it by email if you have one. The NCCP# is not registered until a minimum of 8 weeks after the course. Please wait at least this long before contacting the CSPA Ratings Processor.

If you do not have one, please contact the CSPA Ratings Processor at ratings@cspa.ca

Include in your message the following information:

1. Name,

2. CSPA Number

3. Course Dates

4. Course Facilitator.

When you have your NCCP number, follow the instructions in your Coach 1 Portfolio to complete the “Making Ethical Decisions – Instruction Stream” Module.

The evaluation can take at least one hour to complete. You may quit the module in order to continue when it’s more convenient without losing your place.

The module only allows two attempts at successfully completing the evaluation. If both attempts are unsuccessful, you will be required to participate in a Make Ethical Decision module (not through CSPA) in order to access the online evaluation for another two attempts.

Once you have successfully completed the online evaluation, your file on the NCCP Database will be automatically updated. To view your transcript online, return to the NCCP Login website.

If you experience any technical difficulties or you have any questions about the technology being used, contact the CAC Coordinator of Information Systems

Certification

To achieve certified status, submit to CSPA within 1 year, the following document:

1. completed C1 portfolio with SSE signoff.

Maintenance of Certification

The Currency Requirements for Coach 1 can be found here.

Contact the CSPA Ratings Processor (ratings@cspa.ca) if there are any questions on Currency Requirements.

FAQs

1. What do I need to bring?

  • Bring paper to write on. A three ring binder works well to organize paperwork
  • Regular dropzone clothing
  • A valid CSPA affiliation card must be presented for verification with proof of B CoP
  • Logbook(s)
  • Personal skydiving gear in good condition, with reserve in date
  • Latest copies of PIM 1, PIM 2A and PIM 2B. These can be downloaded here.
  • Jumpsuit. Sweat shirt and pants is not acceptable
  • Proof of completed course pre-requisite jump. Signed logbook or video is acceptable

2. What should I read before the course?

  • Read and do the questions in the Coach 1 Workbook.
  • Read PIM 2A. Pay specific attention to the topics from Stages 5-8 of the Basic Skills Grid.
Coach 2

The Coach 2 will assist experienced novices and recreational skydivers to acquire an advanced level of overall skill, encouraging regular participation by setting goals for performance. Training as a Coach 2 will also take the form of a weekend clinic with evaluations by way of written tests and skydiving activities.

Privileges

The privileges of this rating are to:

1. Coach

  • skydivers progressing through the Recreational Skills Grid

2. Supervise

  • skill development programs for skydivers at a dropzone
  • development of Coach 1’s

3. Certify Endorsements

4. Qualify

Prerequisites

  • Coach 1 certified
  • CSPA “C” CoP

Course Curriculum

The course is normally held over a 3 day period. Typically done over consecutive days but, may be done over two weekends.

The course is divided into the following modules:

1. Introduction – course overview, CAC/CSPA model, Coach 1 review

2. Coaches Techniques – Coach 2 roles/tasks, profile of the novice, goal setting, skill analysis, skill presentation methods

3. Skills, Techniques, and Progression – skills grid, coaching accuracy, RW, and maneuver series, endorsements

4. Preparation Techniques – ground rehearsal techniques, load organizing, mental training

5. Technical Knowledge – theoretical knowledge a Coach 2 must know

6. Unusual Situations – topics that a coach must be alert to, accident investigation, and high performance landing safety

7. Course Summary – review, interviews

Evaluation

Evaluations on this course are:

1. Personal Skydiving Level

  • Proximity jump (up, down, back, forward, side)
  • Accuracy and Canopy Control on every jump (75% within 10 m)

2. Coaching Ability

  • 1:1 Coached Jumps – 2 jumps
  • Freestyle coached jump – with PAF plan
  • 4 way organization – simulation
  • Goal setting and skill analysis

3. Technical Knowledge

  • Coached jump
  • Technical knowledge presentation
  • Classroom sessions

4. Teamwork

  • Packing, motivation, attitude

The marking system is:

  • E – Excellent – good in all areas
  • G – Good – weak in 1 area
  • S – Satisfactory – weak in 2 areas
  • NI – Needs Improvement – weak in all areas (requires a makeup)

Practical

The following practical requirements for the coach’s portfolio must be met within 1 year of completing the training course:

  • make 50 additional jumps
  • 25 1:1 RW contacts with a Solo or “A” CoP holder
  • 1 RW coaching contact observed and debriefed by a certified Coach 2
  • complete all C2 portfolio documentation

Certification

To achieve certified status, submit to CSPA within 1 year, the following document:

  • completed C2 portfolio with SSE signoff

FAQs

1. What personal equipment should I bring on the course?

  • Bring paper to write on. A three ring binder works well to organize paperwork
  • Regular dropzone clothing – expect 12 hour days
  • A valid CSPA affiliation card with proof of “C” CoP must be presented for verification
  • Logbook(s)
  • Personal skydiving gear in good condition, with reserve in date
  • Latest versions of PIM 1, PIM 2A, PIM 2B. They can be downloaded here.
  • Coach 2 Reference Manual
  • Coach 2 Workbook
  • Jumpsuit.

2. What should I read before the course?

  • Read and do the questions in the Coach 2 manual
  • Read PIM 2B

3. What kind of skydiving skills am I going to need to demonstrate?

You will have to demonstrate the following:

  • ability to dock in 5 secs or less from free flown tight exit on a 2 way
  • ability to slide, sit in place, turn in place
  • ability to breakoff properly and consistently with directional control and distance suitable for 8 way

4. How can I practice for the course?

  • Coach dive x2 – a stage 12 dive and a stage 13 dive, as a role play, supervise a fellow skydiver acting at stage 12 and 13 in all phases of the jump, provide feedback to each other
  • Simon says – dive out, dock, forward, backward, down, up, right slide, left slide, tun in place, breakoff
  • 4 way skills – infacing formations, 6 points with two seniors and one of your peers
Coach 3

The Coach 3 is a qualified and experienced coach with advanced knowledge in a specific skydiving discipline. A Coach 3 can deliver coaching in his/her specific discipline from beginner to advanced athletes.

The first two Coach 3 ratings which have been developed are C3–Wingsuit Flight and C3–Canopy Piloting. C3-Freefly is currently under development.

The Coach 3 rating will continue to grow and in the future will include an increasing number of disciplines (Freefly, accuracy, canopy formation etc.)

This rating is self-directed in the same manner that the SSE rating has been designed.

For more information, see the discipline-specific links on the left.

Coach 3 : Wingsuit

Privileges

  • Coach advanced wingsuit programs
  • Conduct first-flight / initiation jumps
  • Mentor aspiring Coach 3s
  • Be recognized within CSPA (and on website) as a subject matter expert

Requirements

  • Succeed at one recognized wingsuit manufacturer first flight instructor course
  • Collect recommendations from two SSE/DZOs verifying reputation as a subject matter expert
  • Participate in two judged events or competitions (e.g. records, big-ways, acrobatics competition, performance competition)
  • Coach 2 certified for a minimum of two years
  • Minimum 100 wingsuit flights
  • Proof of ability to teach a group
  • Submit lesson plan with portfolio
  • Verification by DZSO of safety orientated attitude
  • Final Exam (coaching & teaching)

Currency Requirements

  • Teach 2 courses in two years consisting of 10 candidates or proof of intensive training or 10 one-on-one candidates trained.
  • 50 wingsuit flights in previous 12 months

Coach 3 : Canopy Piloting

Privileges

  • Coach advanced canopy control programs
  • Mentor aspiring Coach 3s
  • Be recognized within CSPA (and on website) as a subject matter expert

Requirements

  • Attend two recognized (2-day) training courses or programs
  • Collect recommendations from two SSE/DZOs verifying reputation as a subject matter expert
  • Participate in two judged events or competitions (e.g. Nations, Provincials, FLCPA, CRCPL, Pro circuit, regional meets)
  • Coach 2 certified for a minimum of two years
  • 500 jumps on a high performance canopy
  • GCI certified
  • Proof of ability to teach a group
  • Submit lesson plan with portfolio
  • Verification by DZSO of safety oriented attitude
  • Final Exam (coaching & teaching)

Currency Requirements

  • Teach 2 courses in two years consisting of 10 candidates or proof of intensive training or ten one-on-one candidates trained.
  • 100 high performance canopy landings in previous 12 months

Attachments:

Coach 3 – Canopy Piloting: Reference Guide

Jump Master

Introduction Jump Master

The Jump Master (JM) Instructor rating is new in 2005. It replaces the former Instructor A rating for dispatching skydiving students.

Privileges

The privileges of this rating are to:

1. Dispatch

  • students using the Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD) or Static Line (SL) method
  • freefall students

2. Supervise

  • student parachutists from Pre-level to Stage 4 of the Basic Skills Grid in the GFF program

3. Assist

  • the SSI in teaching the FJC under direct supervision

4. Signoff

5. Certify

6. Qualify

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for the training course are:

  • Coach 1 trained (Note: must be C1 certified prior to receiving the JM Portfolio)
  • CSPA “B” CoP
  • 125 jumps
  • observe role of JM on two different loads
  • Pre-course homework

Course Curriculum

The course is normally held over a full three day period. Typically starting on a Friday and completing at the end of the weekend.

The course is divided into the following modules:

1. Administration – overview, BSR exam, written quiz, interviews

2. Rules & Recommendations – BSR and Technical Recommendations pertaining to students

3. Instructor Techniques – Coach 1 review, skill analysis

4. Student Supervision – IAD and FF students – preparation to debrief

5. Progression – FJC, gradual, endorsements

6. Unusual Situations – topics that a JM must be alert to, developing safety routines

Evaluation

Evaluations on this course are:

1. Dispatching – evaluations of candidate dispatching FF and IAD students

2. Skill Analysis – perform freefall and canopy control analysis

3. Teaching Tasks – teach a freefall and canopy control task, debrief task

4. Written – BSR exam, knowledge quiz

5. Safety Checks – 100% compliance

Practical Requirements

Prior to dispatching without supervision, dispatch 6 students by IAD/SL methods under the direct supervision of a Senior JM.

Within one year of the JM course:

  • Supervise and dispatch 25 students by the IAD or SL methods
  • Complete JM portfolio requirements

Makeups must be completed satisfactorily prior to dispatching of “real” students.

Certification

To achieve certified status, submit to CSPA within 1 year, the following documents:

  • a completed JM portfolio with SSE signoff

JM (Restricted)

The JM (Restricted) rating does not allow for the JM to dispatch IAD/SL students. All other privileges of the JM are retained.

FAQs

1. What documents do I need for the course?

  • CSPA Affiliation card showing C1 certification
  • Jump Master Reference Manual
  • Latest versions of PIM 1 and PIM 2A which can be downloaded here.
  • Reserve Packing Card for your personal equipment.
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