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Cpl Nick Wiseman
THE parachute jump instructor course
could be described as the most impor-
tant course the Parachute Training
School conducts – those who graduate
from it will literally be throwing new
trainees out the back of a plane.
They learn to do it safely of course,
passing on all the skills and prereq-
uisites trainees need to land safely
even in the case of a main parachute
OC Training Wing Maj J just com-
pleted his instructor’s course and said
the course was designed to prepare
instructors to pass their knowledge,
experience and the basic skills of para-
chuting on to trainees who might never
have jumped before.
“The course is conducted over two
basic parachute courses,” Maj J said.
“After a week of lessons, we
instruct the basic course under the
careful watch of qualified jump
The week before the basic course
starts is an intense learning and
rehearsing week ensuring the trainee
instructors have their instruction tech-
niques and knowledge perfected.
On their heels at every point
throughout the instructor’s course is a
qualified jump instructor who ensures
the correct instruction is being deliv-
ered by the instructor trainees and that
they are doing it the best way possible.
Maj J said once finishing as a train-
ee instructor teaching the first basic
parachuting course, trainee instructors
were assessed and, if found suitable,
recommended to continue to the next
“This next course you are essen-
tially doing the same thing again but
it is a lot more stringent in terms of
“If you fail any type of lesson, you
will be removed from the course.”
But a trainee instructor’s removal
from the course may not mean he or
she will never become an instructor.
After additional training and assistance
from the qualified instructors, a trainee
may be back on the course and passing
with flying colours.
This stringent process means quali-
fied instructors are at the top of their
game and able to instruct to the high
standards required by the school.
Maj J said since completing the
course he found he had consolidated
his own skills and knowledge to a
“The course cements the learning
of drills and procedures that we carry
out for aircraft drill, flight and land-
ings,” he said.
With the transition from Forcomd
to Socomd and the rerolling of 3RAR,
the school is on the lookout for the
next generation of instructors.
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Maj J said a lot of these instruc-
tors would come from the Socomd
world, but encouraged support corps
personnel and parachute riggers to get
involved. “There are now opportunities
for Socomd support personnel such as
engineers and other corps to come here
if they have an interest in parachut-
ing, provided their units are willing to
release them,” he said.
Maj J said there was nothing better
than to see a trainee come in having no
idea about parachuting and working
with them from day one.
“It’s very satisfying to see the
progression of these trainees and their
skill improvement,” he said.
“You just don’t get sick of it.”
Above the clouds: A trainee makes one of his first
descents on the basic parachute course. Inset, static line
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
It’s very satisfying
to see the
– Maj J, OC Training Wing
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