The USPA (US Parachute Association) BSR (Basic Safety Recommendation) states that a minimum of 200 jumps is required before one can jump a wingsuit. This recommendation is a minimum, and many times 200 jumps of nonstandard training is not enough to prepare most people to fly a wingsuit. Stability in a wingsuit can be quite difficult at first, as well as the fact that the jumper now has to navigate.
Wingsuiting is truly the first discipline in skydiving that requires a skydiver to physically navigate their way back to the drop zone from the exit point safely. If a jumper makes a mistake in navigation (or just doesn’t pay attention to where they are going), they may have very few options for a safe landing. This is where more experience than the minimum of 200 jumps really starts showing its value.
There are many factors/decisions in wingsuit flying that are much closer to that of a pilot rather than a skydiver, hence the need for this new approach to training. With glide ratios of around 5:1 for some of today’s top pilots (meaning that for every Mile in altitude, they will go five miles laterally across the ground), new training methodologies are in desperate need, as we have seen an exponential rise in fatalities in the Wingsuit BASE community due to the speed of growth of this sport, as well as exponential increase in suit performance we have seen in the last 3-4 years.
FlyteSkool takes a progression training approach to wingsuit flying. As you can only build upon knowledge you have already gained, we like to start our students off on the right track to learning how to fly. Weather it's our Zero to Hero program and your walking in off the street, or you are already an experienced skydiver wanting to learn to fly wingsuits, we have a program to help get you where you want to go.
We start our Wingsuit training off well before 200 jumps with an introductory Tracking Suit Ground School, where we take the basics of the wingsuit ground school and apply them to tracking suits. Today's tracking suits can offer new skydivers with little to no training the ability to fly farther than expert wingsuit pilots of less than a decade ago. We like to use these amazing training tools early to start establishing a pilots ability to navigate, maintain stability, and make good decisions before we put them in a wingsuit. Establishing these fundamental good habits early really pay off in the latter stages of wingsuit training, and even more further into your skydiving career.
We have found that this combination of information and training at the right times, rather than just throwing everything at you at once and expecting you to just "get it", are the ideal way to go. We are dedicated to finding the best ways teaching you all you need to know so when the poop hits the fan, you make the right decision and walk away from it.