USPA
Tandem Examiner
Rating Course
Information


REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE COURSE

To participate in the Stunts (Eclipse) Tandem Examiner course you need to show the following:

1. 21 years of age, or older
2. At least 500 tandem jumps
3. Hold a USPA D-License or foreign equivalent
4. Hold a current FAA Class III medical certificate or foreign equivalent
5. Have three letters of recommendation (from an S&TA, Tandem Examiner, or an official in your parachute operation)
6. Currently possess a manufacturer's tandem rating on the specific equipment


THE COURSE

The Tandem Examiner course will take three days (weather permitting). The course consists of classroom, jumps, and ground evaluations (see attached schedule). The class starts with verification of the requirements. The manufacturers tandem manuals are required (these are the course books). These may be purchased from the appropriate manufacturer or you can download them from their web sites. You will also be required to purchase specific course materials (see course fees below).

YOU NEED TO BRING THE FOLLOWING

1.
USPA membership card with D-license number (or foreign equivalent)
2.
Copy of a current FAA Class III medical certificate or military equivalent
3.
Copy of logbook pages with 500 Tandem jumps
4.
3 Letters of Recommendation

You will be tested on two ground training exercises from the training outline provided, conduct a skill analysis of a video (provided), and are required to make three jumps (one-as a tandem instructor, one-as a tandem passenger, and one-as a tandem safety). You will be required you to make these jumps during the course and they will be video taped for use in a skill analysis evaluation.

SCHEDULE

DAY-1

1. Introduction, expectations, and course graduation requirements/standards. Also, verification of prerequisites for attendance.
2. History, philosophy and concepts of the tandem program
3. Role of the tandem instructor and the tandem Examiner
4. Specific training requirements for tandem instructors
5. Equipment
6. Safety presentation
7. Assignment of classroom presentations

DAY-2

1. Pre-jump briefing
2. Tandem jumps (three required: one--TI; one--passenger/student; one--Freefall safety)
3. Skills analysis using video of scheduled jumps
4. Basic classroom presentations (by candidates)

DAY-3

1. Specific administrative requirements for tandem examiners
2. Emergency procedures training (presented by each candidate)
3. Conflict resolution
4. End of course critique, interviews, and feedback



COURSE FEES

The course fee is $300 for the training. This cost includes the ground instruction, and the examiner fee for the evaluation jumps. CU's tandem equipment may be rented at $40.00 per jump or you may use drop zone specific equipment. You will still be responsible for the jump tickets (for yourself on each jump and for the video person when conducting the tandem instructor jump). You must also purchase the instructor handles and Examiners Guidebook (with videos) for $150. The rating fees are $45 for Stunts.

You will also be responsible for the Course Examiner's travel, transportation on-site, and lodging (to be determined).


COURSE REGISTRATION
AND PAYMENT

1. Download the registration form and email, fax or mail it to us.
2. Go to our payment page and choose an option



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