Hand Signals

Since you cannot hear speech during freefall, your instructor will communicate through the use of hand signals. The first one is the most important of them all.


When this signal is given you should immediately deploy your parachute. Do not hesitate.


Extend the legs at the knees, 4 to 6 inches. This signal is repeated when further movement is necessary.


Bend the legs at the knees 4 to 6 inches. This signal is repeated when further movement is necessary.


When this signal is given, observe your heading, read your altimeter, check with your jumpmaster for any hand signals


1-Arch and look straight ahead.
2-With left hand in front of your head toward horizon, place right hand on the pilot chute handle.
3-After locating the pilot chute handle, simulate deployment by extending your right arm directly into the clear airstream.
4-Recover into the box position.


Push your pelvis toward the earth. This will increase the arch of your body.  Remember to prevent your knees from spreading too far apart. This decreases your ability to achieve comfortable stability in freefall.  See also — “Knees Together”

Toe Taps / Knees Together

Bring your knees closer together. Many students have the tendency to spread their legs apart during freefall. This results in a large flat area across the pelvis and consequently, instability. Bringing the knees closer together will allow you to arch more effectively.

Perform taps. While in the neutral box position, bring both feet together. The feet should meet parallel to each other, emphasizing contact at the balls of the feet. This maneuver helps the student to assure that the legs are symmetrical.

Check Arm Position

When you see this signal work on getting your arms in the position you practiced on the ground.
Your arms should be straight out from the elbows and bent 90 degrees forward.
You will work on this position many times on the ground with your instructor.


Easier said then done – but important for a good skydive.
Breathe, smile, relax and continue on with your skydive.