Canopy Formation

Canopy Formations

Learning the basics of canopy formation will give you a solid foundation to jump safely with other CF qualified skydivers. Consistency in coaching and training is the key to success. Our course is designed to help you progress in the fastest possible way, while learning the essential skills to achieve the best results during a CF skydive.

I'm a qualified Canopy Formation Coach who's been teaching CF to skydivers since 1992. I spent five years as part of the Red Devils Freefall Display Team doing canopy formations into display arenas, at events all around the world. I was a British National Champion with team X: Alan Fielding, Nick Mirehouse, Alastair Macartney and Ian Marshall. Our coach was 5 times World Champion - Vincent Ferrer. My full CV is available for further information.

You'll be taught how to plan and prepare for each jump, how to take into account your own skills and those of your fellow CF jumpers. A properly planned jump will always be much more successful and much more rewarding for you as a skydiver.

Safety in CF is the highest priority and learning how to fly your canopy with other skydivers safely is an important skill that gives you confidence and the ability to set yourself new challenges in a safe manner.

You'll start with one on one instruction learning how to approach a target, control canopy movement in relation to other jumpers, achieve docking techniques and pilot a stack formation. You will learn how to fly a Bi-Plane, Bi-Hand, Down Plane before moving onto 3 and 4 way formations.

Canopy Formations (CF) Syllabus

  • Approach a target canopy.
  • Control 3D movement, in relation to other canopies (up, down, forwards, backwards and sideslip).
  • Achieve ‘docking’ techniques.
  • Pilot a 4-stack.
  • Dock 4th on a 4-stack.
  • How to avoid a wrap and what to do if you end up in one.
  • Spot for CF from at least 8,000 ft AGL.

To learn canopy formation work you first need 100 skydives on ram air parachutes, before we can introduce you to this very visual and dynamic part of skydiving.

The course consists of a minimum of 10 jumps where you have set skills to learn and practice. You must pass every level.

Once graduated you will be issued your CF 1 qualification which will allow you to jump with anyone you choose who has the same skill level or above.

Qualifying as a canopy formation jumper will mean you'll be invited to join other skydivers who have the same interests in achieving good quality canopy formation.

Download the following documents for more information. Don't be daunted by the volume of information available, we will break down each and every subject to make sure it's easy to learn from.

Safety Brief - Training Plan - CF1 Application - Training Tips

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