Snake River BASE Academy

Higher Education for Lower Free Fall

If anyone’s thinking about enrolling on a SRBA course, I can’t recommend them enough and if you can, stay for some extra days.
— Frank C, New Zealand

Fundamentals of BASE

Fundamentals of BASE is the Snake River BASE Academy’s introductory course.  A full four day course, Fundamentals of BASE is much more than just a first jump course.  Students should have experience with parachute basics, typically gained from skydiving.  The course is physically and mentally demanding and course days can be very long (often 12 hours or more, and sometimes exceeding 16 hours)  Students are not required to own BASE gear, and use of student gear is included in course fee.  Students will jump gear from a variety of manufacturers in order to help familiarize them with different systems, so they can make more educated decisions should they choose to purchase their own gear.

Prerequisites:  Basic canopy flight skills, familiarity with parachute terminology and basics, ability to pack a skydiving canopy

Course fee: $1195

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Course outline for Fundamentals of BASE

Day 1:  Ground School, Exit Practice

Introduction,  20 minutes
    Course Outline and Philosophy of Learning BASE
Risks of BASE, 1 hour
Letter to family, 30 minutes
Packing practice, 2 hours
    Students are expected to review video and practice before the course, but not to have a fully jumpable pack job.  Students arriving early can arrange for access to the school facilities to practice packing before the course begins.
PC selection, evaluation and attachment, 1 hour
    Review of various PC construction methods and vent arrangements on the market
Riser/Toggle systems, 20 minutes
    Demonstration of various line release toggles
Exit theory, 1 hourDiscussion and video
Exit practice, 2 hours
    Exit practice with pendulator launch simulator.  Time varies depending on student aptitude
Post Opening Priorities, 1 hour
    Lecture on decision making process for canopy opening and flight.  Discussion of riser v. toggle turns and advantages of each.  Discussion of canopy flight strategies for BASE.
Additional packing practice (as necessary and as time allows)

Day 2:  PCA and Hand Held Jumps (5 jumps)

Gear Check
    Process for gear checking all modern BASE rigs (velcro, 2 pin and 1 pin)
PCA technique
    Proper PCA technique and alternative PCA methods.  Practice climb over with PCA.
Flight pattern and landing area review
PCA Jumps (2 or more), 2 hours
Wind effect lecture, 30 minutes
    Wind effect on exit, PC deployment, canopy inflation, flight and landing, difference between groundspeed and airspeed
Turbulence, 30 minutes
    Mechanical turbulence, convective turbulence, strategies for dealing with turbulence
Packing (as necessary)
Hand Held Lecture,  1 hour
    Discussion and practice different folding methods, practice climb overs with PC in hand
Hand held Jumps (approximately 4), Go and throw, short delay, 2 second delay, 4 hours
Wind considerations, 30 minutes
    General wind effects on Span, Antenna, Building, and Earth
Packing (as necessary)

Day 3: Stowed Jumps (5 Jumps)

Warm up Jump (repeat last jump from previous day)
Stowed Deployment, 30 minutes
    Discussion and practice of pitch technique, differences from skydiving pitch, and possible hazards of poor pitch.  Practice of good PC throw.
Stowed Jumps,  4 hours
    (approximately 4): Go and throw, short delay, 2 second delay
Packing (as necessary)
BASE Ethics, 40 minutes
    Lecture and discussion about ‘Contact the locals’ and site access issues
Slider Up Packing, 90 minutes
     Lecture, rigging and packing practice
Fingertrapping, Tailgate Construction, Static Line carry on rigging, 90 minutes
Night Jump

Day 4:  Slider Up, Static Line and Solo Jumps (3-5 jumps)

Slider Up Jump
Static Line Jump
Unsupervised Packing, 90 minutes
    Students need an unsupervised pack job for the solo jump
Solo Jump
    Students walk out and jump alone, emphasis on letting the student make their own jump plan and decisions
Accident Review, 90 minutes
Progression, 90 minutes
    Discussion of BASE skills progression, learning by doing one new thing at a time and focusing on development of safety skills
Gear Selection, 90 minutes
    For students who want to purchase gear, discussion of options and placing orders

Additional packing and jumps as time allows

Topics are frequently presented in other orders, especially when responding to weather conditions to take advantage of jumping windows.