Your First STP Jump: Dive Flow 1

Are you ready for your first Skydiver Training Program jump? We sure are! Here’s what you need to be prepared for your first solo Skydiver Training Program skydive, and what to expect when you arrive at  Skydive Spaceland for your first jump.

Don’t miss the checklist for your first jump in the Materials tab above!

First STP Jump Checklist

  • Make sure your waiver is current in the office.
  • You have been cleared from Tandem Level 2 at Skydive Spaceland.
  • Complete Skydive Spaceland’s solo transition class (also called "ground school").
  • Complete this lesson by watching the associated video and passing the quiz.
  • Bring your completed solo transition test, your current skydiving logbook, and a flash drive for your skydiving videos (we have these drives in the pro shop if you need one).
  • Even if you are expected and have been met by an instructor at the drop zone (DZ), make sure you have checked in with manifest, let them know what STP dive(s) you are doing that day, and paid for the day's dives.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. That includes comfortable, relatively close-fitting clothing for the current weather (we will put a jumpsuit on over your clothes).
    Examples: Shorts, sweats, T shirt, tennis shoes/other athletic shoes.
  • The following clothing is not recommended:
    • Flip flops (or any other shoes that are not secured to your feet)
    • Shoes with built-up heels
    • Boots with speed lace hooks
    • Five-toe shoes
    • Any clothing that will restrict your movement
    • Any clothing that will be uncomfortable under a snug harness (i.e., baggy jeans can bunch up)
  • Corrective lenses: If you wear them, bring them (contact lenses or glasses).
  • No scuba diving or blood donation in the previous 24 hours.
  • No alcohol or consciousness-altering drugs in the previous 24 hours.
  • Don’t skydive if you currently have a cold or sinus problem.
  • Bring secure hair ties if you have long hair.
  • Get ready to have a blast!

STP Jump Schedule

  • Check in with manifest (inform manifest which STP skydive(s) you are planning to do).
  • Meet with your instructor at the STP tables (bring logbook and flash drive).
  • Review emergency procedures and canopy flight.
  • Review the dive flow for your next skydive and practice with your instructor.
  • Check the winds and plan your landing pattern. Complete the syllabus/dive flow plan with your instructor.
  • Gear up and dirt dive.
  • Move to the boarding area and check in with the loader 5 minutes before your scheduled load to plan the exit and loading order.
During the Climb to Altitude
  • Remove your seat belt at 1,500 feet to enable you to exit quickly in case of emergency. If it’s hot outside, you can now remove your helmet as well to cool off.
  • Find the DZ and visualize your landing pattern.
  • Review the entire skydive, exit to landing, with your instructor after main deployment altitude (6000 feet). Visualize doing everything right on your jump.
  • About 4000 feet before exit, complete a “Big Three” gear check and pin check:
    • 3 Rings properly configured.
    • 3 Buckles properly routed and stowed.
    • 3 Handles secured and checked for placement.
    • 3 Accessories (helmet, goggles, altimeter).
    • Receive a full gear check from your instructor. During your gear check, we will turn on your radio and verify with you that the radio is on.
Your Skydive (Dive Flow 1)
  1. Team poised exit (look at the propeller)
  2. Altitude check every 5 seconds
  3. Instructor check (look for hand signals)
  4. 2 P.H.T.s (Practice Handle Throws--Grasp the hackey, let go, pretend to throw)
  5. Altitude check every 5 seconds
  6. Instructor check (look for hand signals)
  7. Student identify DZ (count while looking, check altitude every 5 seconds)
  8. Altitude check every 5 seconds
  9. Relax time (maintain arch and altitude awareness)
  10. 6,000 feet: Lock on (stare at altimeter)
  11. 5,500 feet: Wave off-Arch-Reach-Throw-Arch
  12. Check canopy (Square, Stable, Steerable)
After Your Jump
  1. Turn off your radio.
  2. Stow the tips of your toggles back in their keepers on each rear riser. This keeps the brake lines from twisting up as you walk in.
  3. Neatly pick up your parachute, coiling the lines and making sure no part of the system is dragging on the ground.
  4. Walk to the packing room, set your gear down with the packers, and remove the radio from the pocket on the chest strap. Return your radio to the charger at the STP table.
  5. If you are done skydiving for the day, hang up your jumpsuit and helmet.
  6. Meet with your instructor at the STP table. Give your altimeter, goggles, logbook, and flash drive to your instructor. You and your instructor will debrief the STP skydive by reviewing the video footage and filling out your logbook.

Logbook records are very important! All logs for the day and the "A License Proficiency Card" must be completed before you leave for the day.

Always keep your logbook with you when you are at any drop zone!


  1. Look at your altimeter during the first 3,000 feet of climb and compare your altitude with the appearance of a familiar ground object.
  2. On later jumps, look at the ground object and guess your altitude, then check your altimeter.
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