The Coach 1 is the entry level to the CSPA rating system. The Coach 1's role is to assist novices in acquiring basic skills. The novice skydivers have learned their survival skills but are not ready for their introduction to Formation Skydiving (Relative Work). The Coach 1 is there to challenge the novices and prevent them from going off on their own and teaching themselves the next skills (Stages 5 to 8 from the Basic Skills Grid), or worse, doing something beyond their ability which can lead to a dangerous situation.
Novices will see the Coach 1 as a friend who they can relate to and share their new learning experiences. They can get valuable feedback on how to improve their individual skills.
The privileges of this rating are to:
- Solo Certificate skydivers through Stages 5 to 8 of the Basic Skills Grid
- students with packing and gearing up
- any rated Instructor with students while under direct supervision
- Coach 2 with skill development programs for novices
- accuracy landing distances, freefall and canopy manoeuvers for "A" CoP
- training for packing towards Main Packing Endorsement
- as prerequisite for Jump Master, GCI, Skydiving School Instructor, and Coach 2 training
- as prerequisite for Tandem Master training through manufacturer
- CSPA "B" CoP
- Observe role of a Coach 1 on the dropzone
- Pre-course sections of Coach 1 Workbook completed
- Review all skills in Stages 5 to 8 with PIM 2A
- The candidate must provide a video tape for evaluation on the course of a jump within the last 12 months (confirmed by a logbook entry and signed by the cameraman), in which the following are demonstrated (as per PIM 2A) on the same jump (minimum 9,000 ft):
- Dive out to the camera (half second delay)
- Back Loop
- Front Loop
- Right Barrel Roll
- Left Barrel Roll
- Back Slide
- 180º Turn and Track
- emphasis is on proper execution of each rotation and the precision of headings rather than the speed of rotations
- age of majority
The training course is normally held over a full three day period. Typically starting on a Friday and completing at the end of the weekend. Considerable flexibility is built into the course as dropzone demands and weather dictate.
The course is divided into modules:
- Introduction - Course overview, CSPA Coaching System Overview
- Coaching Techniques - methods of coaching novice skydivers
- Skydiving Skills - techniques necessary to analyze skill performance in air
- Technical Knowledge - theoretical knowledge a coach must know
- Safety - topics that a coach must be alert to, developing safety routines
- Ethics - ethical decision making
- Course Summary - written quiz, interviews
Evaluations on this course are:
- Coaching Ability - 3 evaluations of candidate in air coaching role
- Skill Analysis - asessed flying ability, perform freefall and canopy control analysis
- Teaching Task - teach a freefall and technical knowledge task, and debrief task
- Skydiving Skills - solo maneouver jump (video), demonstrate a controlled accuracy approach, demonstrate close proximity exits, and separation through tracking
- Equipment Skills - demonstrate systematic main packing
- Written - teaching task lesson plan, written quiz
The minimum pass criteria for the Coaching Ability (3 separate evaluation jumps) is 80%.
The minimum pass criteria for the Written Quiz is 80%.
The following practical requirements for the coach's portfolio must be met within 1 year of completing the training course:
- perform 50 jumps
- complete 25 coaching contacts
- 1 coaching contact observed and debriefed by a certified Coach 2 on ground or in air
- complete all Coach 1 Workbook tasks
- pass the CAC "Make Ethical Decisions" online evaluation
If the coach is unable to complete the practical requirements within one year, a request for a rating extension must be made, explaining why the practical was not completed. This must be made in writing to the CSPA office.
Failure to file the request or complete the requirements after the extension date will lapse the rating and result in removal from the Coach 1 registry.
Online Ethics Module
Before you can begin the online CAC Ethics module, you will need to have your CC number. This number is assigned by the NCCP (not CSPA) and you would have received it in the mail if you have one. The CC# is not registered until a minimum of 8 weeks after the course. Please wait at least this long before contacting the CAC.
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. Include in your message the following information:
- Full name,
- Date of birth,
- Mailing address, and
- Email address.
When you have your CC number, you will need to sign up for an account to access the Ethics Module, go to NCCP Login.
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. Remember to include:
- Full name,
- CC number, and
- Email address.
When you are set up with an account go to the Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation.
The evaluation can take at least one hour to complete. You may quit the application in order to continue when it's more convenient without losing your place.
The application only allows two attempts at successfully completing the evaluation. If both attempts are unsuccessful, you will be required to participate in a Make Ethical Decision module (not through CSPA) in order to access the online evaluation for another two attempts.
Once you have successfully completed the online evaluation, your file on the NCCP Database will be automatically updated. To view your transcript online, return to the NCCP Login website.
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To achieve certified status, submit to CSPA within 1 year, the following documents:
- completed C1 portfolio
- proof of successful completion of the CAC "Make Ethical Decisions" online evaluation
Maintenance of Certification
A currency of at least 125 coaching contacts within 5 years is required to maintain certified status.
1. What do I need to bring?
- Bring paper to write on. A three ring binder works well to organize paperwork
- Regular dropzone clothing
- A valid CSPA membership card must be presented for verification
- CoP booklet with proof of "B" CoP
- Personal skydiving gear in good condition, with reserve in date
- PIM 1 (version April 2012) PIM 2A (version 2009)and PIM2B (1994). If you don't have your own copies, please get them
- Jumpsuit. Sweat shirt and pants is not acceptable
- Proof of completed course pre-requisite jump. Signed logbook or video is acceptable
2. What should I read before the course?
- Read and do the questions in the Coach 1 Workbook.
- Read PIM 2A. Pay specific attention to the topics from Stages 5-8 of the Basic Skills Grid.