November 16, 2018 3 min read

Hey guys, we have a treat for you this week! We partnered up with Catherine from Skydive Vibes to bring you this epic blog post from a legendary diver. Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments!


5 Essential Rules for Skydivers

By Catherine Bernier, Skydive Vibes

We need to talk because, if you are a skydiver or an aspiring skydiver, you really need to know those 5 important rules. You might have already experienced them. Know that you must obey them at all time… (😋)


Rule #1: First Times

The word “first” is becoming the most important word in your vocabulary as a skydiver. Why? Because, in skydiving, whenever you’re doing something for the first time, you owe the beer to everyone on the dropzone at the end of the day.

So think about it, there is a lot of first times when you start skydiving:

  • Every new license (Solo license, A-license...),
  • Your first Plan B,
  • Your first reserve ride,
  • Your first jump with YOUR pack job,
  • Your first night jump,
  • Your first jump at another dropzone,
  • Your first jump with a camera,
  • and so on...


Rule #2: Get Pied

Every time you will reach a milestone in your number of jumps (100, 200, 300…), well you’re most likely to get pied.

This is a tradition in most dropzones. This also seems to be the norm when you complete your A-license in the USA. (So you get double pleasure (beer & pie… hmmm!)

Be careful while watching back the video of your last jump since you might have some friends coming from behind to just pie you in the face.

Since I have over 200 jumps, I experienced it twice; after a great wingsuit rodeo jump and my first wingsuit jump. (oops… first…)




Rule #3: Beer Lines

Yes, let’s talk about beer again, because the life of a skydiver is jumping, beer, sleeping, and repeat.

In most dropzones, there are areas that can be trickier or more dangerous to land. In order to make sure that skydivers avoid landing in those areas, beer lines are created. The rule is simple; if you land across that beer line, guess what?!

You need to pay for the beer!

I have, even, seen beer line competitions where the goal is to land the nearest possible to the beer line without crossing it. Sounds fun, eh?!

Rule #4: The Handshake

This is one of the most important steps in a skydive.

Before leaving the plane, in every jump you will make, the handshake is a very important part. This is when we wish a good jump to our peers and tell them: “Stay safe & see you on the ground!”

So the handshake has to be in a very specific way, as you can see down here:



And it remains the same wherever you are in the world which is really cool!

Rule #5: Blue Skies Salutation

This is THE skydiver salutation that you need to know. This wishes your peers a lot of blue skies so that they can jump over & over again.

Alright, I hope you’ve liked this compilation of 5 important skydiving rules, share this post with all the skydivers that you know!

And on that, keep jumping, stay safe, and blue skies!

Catherine Bernier is a skydiver based in Quebec, Canada who tips & tricks videos to gear reviews, the channel brings a fresh place for skydivers and wanna be skydivers to find useful information to become better & safer skydivers.
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