(Note, second part of a Camera Safety series, first part, 'Camera Crazy', is here)
Only an experienced camera flyer or instructor who is up to date with the current equipment and knowledge should conduct camera briefs.
It is the responsibility of the flyer to sort out someone appropriate to give him/her a brief. Also, the responsibility of the experienced cameraflyers to have him or her selves known. Experienced skydivers in this discipline should be actively promoting camera safety, updating regularly at their drop zones.
A camera brief should cover at the bare minimum the following, but should be tailored to the individual jumper's experience, attitude and knowledge.
Now we start to see that a camera brief becomes more than a quick chat over a beer from one of your buddies at the bar…
Sacrificing safety to save a few bucks is idiotic
As well as receiving an appropriate camera briefing, the next steps are self-education. Read and read more! Here is an excellent article for starters: C is for Camera – and Common Sense
Take a camera-dedicated course! Gustavo Cabana runs a couple of courses a year (here) at Empuriabrava and he can also travel to other DZs. Also try asking your local camera guys if they can run a dedicated course.
Watch tons of videos. This will give you a real insight into the problems and solutions with cameras. Check the video above on the GoPro experiment. Cameras can be fun and a great training aid if used correctly and safely.
No matter how many jumps you have, cameras (large or small) are not for everyone
5 free safety posters, downloadable here (example below, Pro Camera Helmet)
Tim's previous article, Camera Crazy, can be found here.