Ask Our Rigger Shauna - Emergency Procedures


PussFoot launched ask a rigger a few weeks ago and we are thrilled to bring you the 4th submission in the series (Emergency Procedures). If you have a question for our very own in house rigger please email us at If you would like your name left out please indicate when you send in your question. Don't forget to send us pics if you have them.


Hi Shauna

I have a question about my emergency procedures.  I have never had a cutaway and want to know how I can practice my emergency procedures on the ground without actually having to do it in the air?

Thank You


Hi Michael

Thanks for asking!  Being a rigger and having many at our dropzone, we are able to afford our jumpers and students the opportunity to practice their emergency procedures when they are due for a reserve repack.  When a jumper brings us their rig to be repacked, we have them put their rigs on and go through exactly what they would do, in sequence, if they had a malfunction and had to pull their handles.

Many jumpers find the thought of a cutaway intimidating and scary.  Jump long enough and you’ll probably experience a cutaway.  Practicing in a non-stress environment gives the jumper a chance to feel how much force it actually takes to pull a handle from the Velcro.

If you don’t have your own gear, ask your dropzones rigger is there is rental gear that is due for a repack and that you’d like an opportunity to practice your E.P’s at its next reserve repack.  Some dropzones may have hanging harness that you can utilize to practice as well.

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Thank you Michael for submitting your question and as always thank you Shauna for providing some good advice.
Blue Skies!!!

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