Have you ever wondered what some of the skydiving hand signals are? They look like a hybrid of American Sign Language, an aircraft ramp agent directing a plane, and hand emojis. So what are they, and what do they mean?
Skydiving hand signals are another form of communication. They are relatively simple and are used because we cannot speak to each other in freefall like we would be able to in a classroom setting. The classroom in the sky is going about 120mph, and you’re wearing a helmet! So we use hand signals.
Here is our national organization’s standard AFF and solo freefall skydiving hand signals from the Skydiver’s Information Manual:
There is nothing like skydiving, except for skydiving itself, and well, maybe indoor skydiving, but generally, many people have only tried it a time or two. When learning how to skydive, we’re aiming for a balanced belly-to-earth body position, and it takes time to master.
These hand signals were created to help communicate how to adjust your body position to find that equilibrium. Student body positions vary due to factors such as height, strength, flexibility, and muscle memory from work or another sport, but there are a few common positions that need assistance.
We’ve just given you a small sample of what you will learn in our solo skydiving program. In the program, we cover system operations such as the harness functions, canopy flight control, aircraft procedures, and how to exit the airplane. If you’re curious but not ready to commit to the solo program, we offer Training Tandems with a shorter time commitment and an instructor harnessed to you to guide you through the process.
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