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Attend a repack lecture and then pair up with a buddy to repack your reserve under the supervision of a qualified parachute packer.

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Zip Wire

Learn how to deploy your reserve. Slide down our zip wire while sitting in your harness, throw your reserve and watch it deploy behind you.

Members of the Thames Valley club will be on hand to check the reserve deploys correctly and to inspect the fixing within your harness, once you 'land'.

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First Aid

The dealing with accidents talk and first aid demonstration will give you guidance on what to do, and not to do, if you are dealing with an incident.

The talk covers: assessing the situation, securing the wing, calling emergency services and air ambulance, basic first aid covering broken bones, spinal and head injuries.

Repack your reserve

The Big Fat Repack is organised so that you learn to repack your own reserve under the supervision of a qualified parachute packer.

Please note that you will be expected to undertake the repack yourself.

If you are looking for a professional to repack your reserve then please contact a member of the TVHGC Committee for recommendations of local Parachute Packers in your area.

There will be morning and afternoon repack lectures, where we teach you how to repack a round reserve, after which a Q&A session will be held to cover all other reserve types.

After the lecture, you will pair up with a buddy and work together to repack your own reserves - this is much quicker and more effective than working alone.

Qualified parachute packers will be there to oversee your progress in every repack station and lend assistance if you have forgotten something.

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Who should attend?

The day is open to all Paragliding and Hangliding pilots that are current members of the BHPA. Membership of TVHGC is not required.

We are not able to accept paramotors due to restrictions at the venue.

Most manufacturers recommend reserves are repacked at least once a year, if not more frequently. Each year we find issues on the day with kit. It's much better to find this out at the BFR rather than when you are in the air.

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When and where?

The event is taking place at the Rivermead Leisure Complex (Richfield Ave, Reading RG1 8EQ) on the 9th February 2020.

Doors open at 9am and our final zip slide will take place at 4:00pm. See our provisional timeline for the day.

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How much does it cost?

The cost is £30. There is a charge of £10 for an additional reserve.

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Provisional Programme

09:00 Doors open.
09:30 1st repack talk and demonstration.
09:30 Zip slide opens.
11:00 1st first aid talk.
13:00 2nd first aid talk.
14:00 2nd repack talk and demonstration.
16:00 Last zip slide.

A cafe is available in reception for those arriving early and can provide food and drinks throughout the day.

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Rivermead Leisure Complex and Gym

The leisure centre has a pay and display car park. Parking is free for up to 3 hours, £2.50 up to 5 hours, £5 for the day.

Reading Train Station is 20 minutes walk away or a few minutes via taxi.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact us

In the first instance, please email:

The BFR is organised by the TVHGC.

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