Johnny Utah is a 3x World Champion BASE jumper with 2,700+ BASE jumps in the 31 years of his BASE career. He is a holder of 9 BASE World Records and 4 Skydiving World Records. Johnny has been teaching BASE jumping for 23 years and has developed very effective teaching methods. He was the first to begin teaching BASE first jump courses at the Perrine Bridge, whereby he conceived and developed an innovative approach to teaching a BASE FJC. He coined the term BASE Camp as a name fitting for his more involved longer BASE jumping courses which give his students a higher level of competency and solid foundation to build upon during their BASE career.
BASE Camp (FJC) is a comprehensive 4-day course held at the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho, and happens several times each year. It is a complete and thorough first BASE jump course intended for experienced skydivers with little or no BASE experience. The minimum skydiving experience required is 150 skydives.
BASE Camp students are taught the fundamental aspects of the sport and will progress to advanced training during the course at each students own pace.
BASE Camp covers the following:
- BASE gear knowledge and proper gear setup
- Packing instruction
- Gear checks
- Jump Priorities
- Malfunctions and Emergency Procedures
- Heading Correction techniques
- Exit training and different exit methods
- Freefall Control
- Deployment methods and techniques
- Canopy Flight and Patterns
- Assessing wind and weather
- BASE ethics
- Information about jumping other objects
- Making good judgment calls
- Finding a mentor
The Perrine Bridge jump site is very forgiving making it an excellent place to learn. Here is why. The Perrine Bridge is a span bridge, 486 feet above very calm water with a large grassy landing area the size of a football field; and it's legal to jump all day. Once you fall away from this bridge, it is impossible to hit it, and 486 feet is a good height to learn from.
Upon signing up for the course, you will receive a BASE Packing Video to get you started at home (Both videos and course packet mentioned below are included with the course). The material in the videos and course packet will be fully covered during the FJC.
- Johnny Utah's Packing Video - 1 hour 53 minute video - very detailed showing you step by step. It is sent to you beforehand for you to study and practice packing at home before BASE Camp.
- The Official Bridge Day Safety Video - 22 minute educational video shows many examples of common malfunctions and pilot errors
that can occur while BASE jumping. The examples shown are from 8 years of Bridge Days. During the course we will watch this video as we discuss emergency procedures, common malfunctions, and pilot errors. You will receive your own copy of this video as a DVD during the course.
- BASE CAMP (FJC) Course Packet - you will receive on the first day of the course
To attend BASE Camp, you must have skydiving experience. You must use BASE specific gear. Every student needs their own rig for the course. Gear rental is available.
The course includes:
- BASE First Jump Course (BFJC)
- Packing Video sent to you in advance to practice packing before the course
- Bridge Day Safety Video
- BASE CAMP (FJC) Course Packet
- Packing instruction during BASE Camp
- Jump Mastering
- Video Debriefs
- Advanced Instruction (as you progress through the course)
As you progress through BASE Camp (FJC) - you will receive advanced instruction, training, and coaching from Johnny Utah!
Participants are responsible for their travel, lodging, and food.
BASE Camp (FJC) is an extensive 4-day course whereby you can expect to make 15+ jumps (weather depending of course). You will be coached and supervised while you pack each packjob you jump. This is an important aspect to learning how to pack effectively as you work towards opening-heading consistency.
The course fee is $1,195
We do have BASE rigs for rent and the cost is $50 per day.
Sign up now to reserve a slot in a 2019 upcoming BASE Camp FJC ($300 deposit reserves your slot)
The 2019 BASE Camps are:
June 11-14, 2019 (Perrine Bridge - Twin Falls, Idaho)
June 25-28, 2019 (Perrine Bridge - Twin Falls, Idaho)
July 9-12, 2019 (Perrine Bridge - Twin Falls, Idaho)
July 23-26, 2019 (Perrine Bridge - Twin Falls, Idaho)
August 6-9, 2019 (Perrine Bridge - Twin Falls, Idaho)
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