Walkthrough pet peeve

Monday, September 20, 2021

Rant time! This minor walking thing drives me a little bit nuts.

The goal of the first walkthrough for a skydive is to learn the general flow before creeping and continuing the prep. Since it is only to discover the sequence, it drives me bonkers when people try to get fussy about angles while standing up during the first pass!

Walking gives a different perspective since you are standing, which is why creeping is critical. After the first walkthrough, you should lie down and figure out the angles using the tools designed for that purpose. Trying to fix slight angle differences on the first pass is jumping the gun.

Things make more sense for everybody the instant you start creeping. That is why we participate in that masochistic activity. And by all means, get picky AFTER you have crept the dive.

There are exceptions. If you aren’t going to creep, well, then you better do your best to fix it in the walkthrough. Suppose the angle is grossly off (90 degrees or more), then you might want to request a fix so that it isn’t distracting. But these are the outlier cases. But if it can wait just a minute, the groundwork almost always clears things up!

Let the creepers do the work, and focus on learning the order the points come in when you first tackle a dive!

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