This paper was for a class on human factors and cognitive psychology. The paper describes how to pack a main parachute (canopy), and gives some possible ideas how to improve the process. The introductory material is very basic, and assumes the reader has no background in skydiving.
These instructions were developed after taking a class on the subject at Cross Keys Airport in New Jersey. I am not a rigger, and you should take a class from a suitable professional. These instructions are a reminder of the steps involved.
This essay describes a skydiving accident I experienced this year which resulted in a tree landing, and a broken leg. It is presented to help others avoid similar errors and get additional feedback from instructors as to how I could have handled it better.