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Agenda 2024


REGISTRATION

  8:00-10:00
We encourage you to arrive early as we are expecting a lot of participants. You can be sure that you do not want to miss the opening!

Conference opening and a special show

  10:00 - 10:30
Let’s meet and open this conference together. Maya, Marta & Kasia will welcome you on stage, share logistic information regarding the conference, the venue, the mobile app and… there will also be a special surprise-show!

Holistic Approach to Skydiving Safety

  10:30-11:30
BRIAN GERMAIN – With over 14,000+ jumps in his career and 24 years of experience, Brian is one of the most known canopy coaches in the world. He’s also the innovator (“Airlock” canopies), engineer, and author of such skydiving bestsellers as “Canopy and its pilot” or “Transcending Fear”. The wisdom and positive outlook he has […]

Coffee & Expo Hall

  11:30 - 12:15
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

2023: skydiving fatality report

  12:15 - 13:30
Albert Berchtold, the Executive Director of the USPA, will share a detailed report on the most common causes of fatal and no-fatal skydiving accidents in 2023 (also in comparison to previous years). The more extensive data we have, the better conclusions we can get. Therefore, the USPA report will be the best source of knowledge […]

Flying next to a tandem – safety rules

  13:00 - 13:30
So you want to go for a skydive to be with your friend or family on their adventure of a lifetime? Make sure you know all the safety rules and you understand that your awareness and skill level can influence the safety of the jump. Make sure your friend or family not only have a […]

LUNCH TIME & Expo Hall

  13:30 - 14:30
All types of tickets cover a 3-course lunch: salads, main course, and desserts. This is also a great time to visit the Sponsors in the Expo Hall – make sure you don’t miss any booth!

Let’s talk about canopies: the size does matter

  14:30 - 15:15
Hans van Marrewijk from Performance Designs (22 500 jumps) will share with you how to better understand your canopy and its behavior. Let’s talk about sizes, as they do matter. Let’s talk about wingloading, as it is often misunderstood, let’s talk about smart progression and risk management. No matter your level of experience – you […]

10 Commadments of a freeflyer

  15:15 - 16:00
Piotr Noworol, a founder of the Infamous Skydiving Team, will present 10 most important safety rules of freefly jumps. Keeping the balance between the seriousness of the event and the general “unseriousness” of freefly, Peter will dive into details of exits, slots, separations, speed issues, gear issues and organization. Whether you already freefly or still plan […]

Coffee & Expo Hall

  16:00 - 16:45
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

Wingsuit Education Concept

  16:45 - 17:15
Daniel Ossio, National Swiss WS Team member, the organizer of many wingsuit events, will present his newest concept of how to change the education path of wingsuit flyers to keep it safe and effective. From the FFC to multi-plane WS events, personal education combines an incremental approach and smart goals for every WS flyer. No […]

Cargo airdrop – the history of innovations

  17:15 - 18:00
Dominik Zasadni, former Aerial Delivery Instructor in 6th Polish Airborne Brigade and Polish Special Forces, working now at LOT G7, will tell you about how the history of cargo drop evolved. Dominik will present the changes applied in cargo drops over the years, encountered problems and solutions that were found. This presentation will be very […]

The Grand Raffle (Expo Hall)

18:00 - 18:15
Take part in the daily Raffle and win valuable prizes from our amazing Sponsors! More details coming soon! Got a 2-day ticket? You get 1 free Raffle ticket! Got a 3-day ticket? You get 2 free Raffle tickets!

Pre Party (by invitation only)

A special cocktail party for the Speakers, the Sponsors and the Symposium Ambassadors. ❤️ * Powered by BlackHawk *

Tandem accidents – analysis of chosen events

  15:10 - 16:00
Bartosz “Dragon” Staśkiewicz, a tandem instructor with over 5000+ tandem jumps (out of 10 000+ jumps in total), will present his analysis of tandem accidents that happened in the past but could easily have been avoided. Overlooking details can lead to severe consequences – let’s discuss how to improve our safety habits to reduce the […]

Coffee & Expo

  16:00 - 16:45
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

Cultural Alignment with Doctrine – ethics in tandem skydiving

  16:45 - 17:30
Noah Watts, Tandem Program Director at UPT, will present how to observe and analyze trends within the drop zone culture. How to recognize toxic behavior (towards the passenger/student) and how to react. Noah will also talk about how to create the a healthy tandem environment to work in and what it takes to keep it […]

How tandem canopy flight training influences safety in tandem jumps around the world

  17:30 - 18:00
Flight-1 offers specialized canopy instructor training not only for individuals but also for drop zones. Join Flight-1 instructor Phil Webley, where he will discuss the benefits of a customer-designed Tandem Canopy pilot course for Tandem Instructors. Phil’s 20-minute presentation will cover all aspects of how to set up the course, how it is run and what […]

The Grand Raffle (Expo Hall)

  18:00 - 18:15
Take part in the daily Raffle and win valuable prizes from our amazing Sponsors! More details coming soon! Got a 2-day ticket? You get 1 free Raffle ticket! Got a 3-day ticket? You get 2 free Raffle tickets!

Pre Party (by invitation only)

A special cocktail party for the Speakers, the Sponsors and the Symposium Ambassadors. ❤️ * Powered by BlackHawk *

Presentations on the Fun Jumpers Stage

  12:15 - 13:30
During this time, the presentations take place on the main stage (Fun Jumpers Stage). But you’re welcome to explore the Expo Hall. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, explore innovations, and ask about prices (and special deals!). Have fun!

Presentations on the Fun Jumpers Stage + Tandem/Camera Stage

  14:30 - 16:00
During this time, the presentations take place on the Fun Jumpers Stage and Tandem/Camera Stage. But you’re welcome to explore the Expo Hall. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, explore innovations, and ask about prices (and special deals!). Have fun!

Pack like a king – PD packing seminar

  16:00 - 16:45
Rich Madeley from Performance Designs will give a packing seminar on the industry stage. Learn new tricks, ask questions and discuss on the best way to pack your rig!

PRESENTATIONS ON THE FUN JUMPERS STAGE + TANDEM/CAMERA STAGE

  16:45 - 18:00
During this time, the presentations take place on the Fun Jumpers Stage and Tandem/Camera Stage. But you’re welcome to explore the Expo Hall. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, explore innovations, and ask about prices (and special deals!). Have fun!

The Grand Raffle

  18:00 - 18:15
Take part in the daily Raffle and win valuable prizes from our amazing Sponsors! More details coming soon! Got a 2-day ticket? You get 1 free Raffle ticket! Got a 3-day ticket? You get 2 free Raffle tickets!

Pre Party (by invitation only)

A special cocktail party for the Speakers, the Sponsors and the Symposium Ambassadors. ❤️ * Powered by BlackHawk *

COFFEE & NETWORKING

  8:30 - 9:00
Let’s grab a coffee and chat before the first talks of the day. The Expo Hall will be closed until 11:30.

Discussion panel: different ways to pack your rig

  9:00 - 10:15
This discussion panel is all about packing. Where in the process are the most significant, how do the techniques differ, and how could different approaches influence your rig performance/maintenance? More information on the Moderator and the Panelists: SOON.

Entanglements: practical advice coming from experience

  10:15 - 11:00
Szymon Chełmicki is a CFS (CRW) Polish National Team Member and a multiple record holder with… a lot of entanglements he successfully got out of. If there is one discipline you can expect an entanglement, it’s Canopy Formation Skydiving. The “worst case scenario” for most of the skydivers is a daily routine for CFS jumpers. […]

COFFEE & EXPO

  11:30 - 12:15
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

XRW done safely: tips & tricks

  12:15 - 12:45
Mario Fattoruso, multiple medalist and champion, Flight-1 instructor and PD Factory Team Member. Mario has done hundreds of XRW jumps and will share his experience of doing it safely and what to expect on the first try. Is it a presentation for pro skydivers only? Definitely not – if you want to see some cool […]

LUNCH & EXPO

  13:30 - 14:30
All types of tickets cover a 3-course lunch: salads, main course, and desserts. This is also a great time to visit the Sponsors in the Expo Hall – make sure you don’t miss any booth!

Keeping your rig in shape – good practices

  14:30 - 15:30
Meredith Ottery, Manager of the Rigging Departament at UPT, gathered good practices and tips for all skydivers who have (or will have in the future) their own rig. It’s not enough to leave your rig in the rigging loft every 6 months, there are many things you can take care by yourself to maintain your […]

What’s in a Save? 549 Life Lessons

  15:30 - 16:00
Karl Meyer from Vigil will present the analysis of how the solid date of each save contributes to the general knowledge and ways of preventing future events. Do you know what can we learn from each AAD fire?

COFFEE & EXPO

  16:00 - 16:45
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

Triple 7 Expedition: 7 jumps on 7 continents in 7 days

  16:45 - 18:00
Fred Williams, the President of CPS, has over 15,000 jumps. But 7 of them are very special because they were part of The Triple 7 Expedition. The extraordinary project was organized in a remarkable way: 7 jumps on 7 continents in just 7 days. This will not be just a “we made something special” presentation. […]

The Grand Raffle (Expo Hall)

  18:00 - 18:15
Take part in the daily Raffle and win valuable prizes from our amazing Sponsors! More details coming soon! Got a 2-day ticket? You get 1 free Raffle ticket! Got a 3-day ticket? You get 2 free Raffle tickets!

After Party

  20:00 - 00:00
The legendary ESS After Party full of music, dances, drinks and fun! This night is for you! 

COFFEE & NETWORKING

  8:30 - 9:00
Let’s grab a coffee and chat before the first talks of the day. The Expo Hall will be closed until 11:30.

Superjuice Your Marketing: How To Stand Out

  9:00 - 9:45
Dive into the innovative realm of dropzone marketing with James La Barrie‘s transformative approach in “Superjuice Your Marketing: How To Stand Out.” Shattering the monotony of conventional strategies, La Barrie introduces a revolutionary thought process, drawing from case studies of avant-garde businesses that have broken the mold. His dynamic presentation will reveal how to turn […]

Making the most out of a Tandem video – for the customer AND the dropzone

  9:45 - 10:30
Ralph Wilhelm, with over 5700+ jumps, will have a lecture on how to maximize the marketing effect using tandem videos. A tandem video is actually a commercial for the dropzone paid by the client. However, the potential of this advertising for the drop zone usually remains unused. The lecture shows how to optimally prepare, film, […]

How to safely organize a big international event

  10:30 - 11:30
Jasper van der Meer, organizer of legendary ToraTora events, will share his extensive knowledge to increase safety on international events. The upcoming season is already filled with a lot of very promising boogies, skill camps, in-hopps and trainings. Jasper will synthesize the biggest organizers’ challenges that can decide on the safe execution of the event.

COFFEE & EXPO

  11:30 - 12:15
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

Managing The Media During a Crisis: Strategies for Dropzones

  12:45 - 13:30
In the wake of a serious injury or a fatality, a proactive approach to public relations is crucial. Marketing and PR expert James La Barrie offers a deep dive into the do’s and don’ts of crisis media management for dropzone operators. Drawing on real-life case studies, La Barrie outlines the typical media patterns following serious […]

LUNCH & EXPO

  13:30 - 14:30
All types of tickets cover a 3-course lunch: salads, main course, and desserts. This is also a great time to visit the Sponsors in the Expo Hall – make sure you don’t miss any booth!

LUNCH & EXPO

  13:30 - 14:30
All types of tickets cover a 3-course lunch: salads, main course, and desserts. This is also a great time to visit the Sponsors in the Expo Hall – make sure you don’t miss any booth!

AFF Close calls analysis

  14:30 - 15:30
Sebastian Dratwa, 10 000+ jumps, AFFI (3000+ AFF jumps), Safety Instructor at Sky Camp, will present his analysis of chosen close calls in AFF jumps. In 2022, during the last Symposium, Sebastian held a similar lecture. After a massive feedback and many suggestions to repeat it, Sebastian agreed to prepare a second part. This presentation […]

How NOT to train AFF student in the windtunnel?

  15:30 - 16:00
Tomasz Wojciechowski, AFF Instructor on PL Strefa Dropzone will share his insights on how you can “spoil” the student in the wind tunnel. Whether the tunnel flying takes place before AFF or in the middle, some coaching methods can influence the freefall outcome in the sky. Some methods work if a flyer is already a […]

COFFEE& EXPO

  16:00 - 16:45
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

Discussion Panel: AFF programs and the differences between them

  16:45 - 17:30
Regardless of the fact that gravity works the same in every country, there are various differences between USPA (United States), BPA (United Kingdom), PAC (France and other programs based on PAC, for example, the Polish program), as well as military programs. Some aspects are significantly different and we would like to highlight them and talk […]

Training kids and adolescents in AFF

  17:30 - 18:00
Jan Klapka, a recognized authority in the Czech skydiving community, AFF instructor, jump organizer with 44 years of experience, will share his experience in training kids in AFF. Jan will cover topics such as legal aspects (parental consent) and the methodology of working with a young mind. He will also address the question of how […]

The Grand Raffle (Expo Hall)

  18:00 - 18:15
Take part in the daily Raffle and win valuable prizes from our amazing Sponsors! More details coming soon! Got a 2-day ticket? You get 1 free Raffle ticket! Got a 3-day ticket? You get 2 free Raffle tickets!

After Party

  20:00 - 00:00
The legendary ESS After Party full of music, dances, drinks and fun! This night is for you!

Cypres Cutter Show

  11:30 - 12:15
During this coffee break make sure you find a moment to come to the Expo Hall and see the Cypres Cutter show on stage. Grzegorz Janki will present how an AAD cutter works in real life. You will see the very blades cutting not only loops but also metal wires!

From waypoint tracking to performance tracking

  16:00 - 16:45
Andreas M. Jankowsky, with his 30+ years of experience will present how acceleration data can help skydivers to improve body position, speed and precision in competition skydiving. This presentation explains how acceleration data can be gathered during a skydive and analyzed after the jump. It shows the difficulties of collecting meaningful data – and ways […]

The Grand Raffle

  18:00 - 18:15
Take part in the daily Raffle and win valuable prizes from our amazing Sponsors! More details coming soon! Got a 2-day ticket? You get 1 free Raffle ticket! Got a 3-day ticket? You get 2 free Raffle tickets!

After Party

  20:00 - 00:00
The legendary ESS After Party full of music, dances, drinks and fun! This night is for you!

time for a coffee. or two!

  9:00 - 10:00
The morning after the party can be rough, but all of you have a lot of experience getting up for the first load! Let’s grab a coffee (or two) and decide which presentation to attend at 10:00.  

Building a canopy from scratch

  10:00 - 10:45
Julien Peelman from Jyro will talk about the process of creating a canopy. This is a unique opportunity to listen to the engineer who works directly in the canopies factory! More details on this talk soon.  

Become a World Record Skydiver!

  10:45 - 11:30
Big-way record organizer Lesley Gale advises how to get on, and stay on record events. Learn tricks, tips and techniques to overcome problems and become a 100% successful big-way jumper. For many, it may seem like an impossible goal, but if you break it down to smaller steps and organize your progress to achieve it – you […]

Coffee & Expo

  11:30 - 12:15
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

Climate Change and Skydiving: impacts and how can our sport be more environmentally friendly

  12:15 - 13:00
The climate crisis and the damages to the environment have become the biggest threats to our society. Pancho Campo will analyze how climate change is affecting skydiving, the carbon footprint of our sport and its environmental impacts. Through an impressive audiovisual presentation, he will also show the strategies used in different parts of the world […]

Lunch & Expo

  13:30 - 14:30
All types of tickets cover a 3-course lunch: salads, main course, and desserts. This is also a great time to visit the Sponsors in the Expo Hall – make sure you don’t miss any booth!

Canopy Progression – How do we balance progress with safety?

  14:30 - 15:15
Maxine Tate from Flight-1 does a deep dive into the challenges being faced by dropzone management in mentoring their jumpers through canopy progression. Following a survey of all USPA group members and an analysis of recent canopy-related incidents, Maxine will share some strategies that can be used at the DZ to encourage progress in a […]

Observations from the Road: Downsizing

  15:15 - 16:00
The passion for canopy flight is strong and with that comes the possibility of overconfidence, poor decisions, and delayed progression. Beau Riebe from Performance Designs will be sharing his experiences with downsizing and how to use a reason-based-approach when handling difficult conversations about canopy safety.

Coffee & EXpo

  16:00 -16:45
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

Exotic jums & stunts organisation: from a genral draft to a safe execution

  16:45 - 17:30
Timothy Parrant aka koala_in_the_sky, Australian born but a worldwide nomad. The presentation will be about the logistic and organizational challenges when organizing a very unique and special skydiving-related events. How to break down the organization into smaller steps, how to gather the right crew, how to prepare and communicate. And eventually – how to safely […]

Blind Packjob Race

  18:00 - 18:30
A new ESS tradition that started in 2022.This is the contest for the fastest packjob with your eyes blind folded (no jump on this packjob but it will be examined by our jury)!. Awesome prizes to win, details coming soon!

Tom Noonan Award Ceremony

  18:30 - 18:45
This award goes to the best Speaker of the ESS 2024. The voting system is in the mobile application. We encourage you to rate all presentations that you hear. Not only does it provide us with great feedback, but it’s also a way to appreciate the speakers you like the most. The award was established […]

The Grand Raffle

  18:45 - 19:00
Take part in the daily Raffle and win valuable prizes from our amazing Sponsors! More details coming soon! Got a 2-day ticket? You get 1 free Raffle ticket! Got a 3-day ticket? You get 2 free Raffle tickets!

time for a coffee. or two!

  9:00 - 10:00
The morning after the party can be rough, but all of you have a lot of experience getting up for the first load! Let’s grab a coffee (or two) and decide which presentation to attend at 10:00.  

Repack of the Water MJ parachutes system

  10:00 - 11:30
Pablo Perazzoli is a Master Parachute Rigger with over 6400+ repacks, Tandem I/E, AFF I, SL I, and IAD I with over 6400+ jumps. Worked at UPT as the loft manager for 10 years, ran the loft at Skydive Dubai for 3 years, and Now works in Sales at CPS (previously Master Rigger, Instructor, and […]

Coffee & Expo

  11:30 -12:15
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

Reserve repack with best practice improvements

  12:15 - 13:30
Damien Sorlin from SunPath will present a reserve repack seminar based on the Javelin Odyssey container. The presentation will include tips & tricks and recommendations for riggers. At any point of the seminars riggers can ask questions regarding a specific moment of the packjob and discuss concerns.

LUNCH & EXPO

  13:30 - 14:30
All types of tickets cover a 3-course lunch: salads, main course, and desserts. This is also a great time to visit the Sponsors in the Expo Hall – make sure you don’t miss any booth!

Perfect Tandem Packjob on the example of Sigma & new SR Canopy

  14:30 - 16:00
Meredith Ottery from UPT will present a perfect tandem packjob along with a detailed explanation of each part and stage of the process. Meredith will show how to pack to keep in mind both the safety of the opening and gear maintenance and how to keep the packing process as effective as possible.

COFFEE & EXPO

  16:00 - 16:45
Coffee powered by: Sponsorship available. Contact us for details: info[at]skydivingsymposium.eu

How to properly maintain a Vigil

  17:30 - 18:00
Karl Meyer from Vigil will shortly present how to properly maintain a Vigil AAD during the routine gear inspection or reserve repack. Karl will point out the questions that sometimes show up during similar seminars and will also answer those which will be asked in the room.

Blind Packjob Race (Fun Jumpers Stage)

  18:00 -18:30
A new ESS tradition that started in 2022.This is the contest for the fastest packjob with your eyes blindfolded (no jump on this packjob but it will be examined by our jury)!. Awesome prizes to win, details and registration coming soon!

Presentations on the Fun Jumpers Stage & Riggers Stage

  12:15 - 13:30
During this time, the presentations take place on the Fun Jumpers Stage and Riggers Stage. But you’re welcome to explore the Expo Hall. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, explore innovations, and ask about prices (and special deals!). Have fun!

Presentations on the Fun Jumpers Stage & Riggers Stage

  14:30 - 16:00
During this time, the presentations take place on the Fun Jumpers Stage and Riggers Stage. But you’re welcome to explore the Expo Hall. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, explore innovations, and ask about prices (and special deals!). Have fun!

Presentations on Fun Jumpers Stage & Riggers Stage

  16:45 - 18:00
During this time, the presentations take place on the Fun Jumpers Stage and Riggers Stage. But you’re welcome to explore the Expo Hall. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, explore innovations, and ask about prices (and special deals!). Have fun!