Based on your profile, your home DZ is SDLI. I'm on Long Island and my home DZ is The Ranch. I'm new to this sport, started this year and got my A in July. From one noob to another, I can't say enough good things about The Ranch Pro Shop. Sonic and Donna are class acts. They have a real Pro Shop and are eager to spend the time with their customers. They took the time to answer all of my questions and got me setup with the right gear.
My harness/container is new and Sonic had me try on several of his rigs so that I could feel the differences between the options. He spent a few hours to go over these options, colors, etc.
The Ranch is about a 2.5 hour drive from central LI. Why not take a trip up there? As a student, I was on a load with a solo student from another DZ. Talk to the instructors and you may be able to get a few solos in.
If you get up there, check out the wrist wrap altimeter mount. I'll never go back to the Altimaster "O-ring".
Send me a PM if you'll be at SDLI during the boogie next weekend.
(This post was edited by neflier on Sep 6, 2012, 9:15 PM)