Preflight of your Parachute
Before donning your parachute and getting into the cockpit, do a preflight check on your parachute system as well. It is quick and easy to do, and should be done before each flight. Here's what to check:
The packing card should be signed by the rigger who packed it, and 'in date' according to your National association or government regulation. The riggers seal marking on the card should match the impression left on the seal of the last ripcord pin. This assures you that no one has opened your container since it was last repacked.
Overall check for obvious physical damage (holes, cuts, freying, wear), dampness, stains, watermarks or mildew. Any damage done to your carry bag should alert you to look over the system carefully.
Be sure to follow any preflight recommendations of the equipment manufacturer as well.
Checking pins for proper seating