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David Howard

Using reserve in non-emergency

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I will give you a sensible answer David. I have only ever deployed my reserve on the ground as a practice just before a repack is due . My instructor however told me he used to train paragliding in Greece . Part of his training  included throwing a reserve and coming down over water.

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I think there's potentially a couple of people on here who may have thrown one in anger... but personally I wouldn't want to do it aloft just for shits and giggles!

Added to that there's probably a few of us on here who have thrown one on a zip line. I did it at the first Parafest. It's not quite as straight forward as you think... but in a pinch I'm sure you'd make it work. I suffered from super sticky old Velcro and then the actual act of pulling/removing it, then throwing it, isn't quite as fast/intuitive as you'd hope.

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Throw mine at the big fat repack at reading, was surprised how fast it opened and your right about the Velcro needed a fair old tug on the handle 

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Threw mine at BFR too...scared the hell out of me.  As for actually "flying" it...as my old PG instructor used to tell me "its for saving your life, not your legs".  Don't do it.

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