Re: [RyanFYF] Redo AFF 3 now or wait 9 days for Tunnel
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no. He just said my arch wasnt good and that I was too stiff and tense. He said I can either take tunnel time and move on or I have to retake level 3. He said I didn't look comfortable enough for level 4. Mind you, I was SO focused on relaxing that I sped through my exit sequence, and when checkin HALR, I didn't even pay attention to if the instructors had an instruction, just looked straight ahead and tried to arch arch arch even though the main side instructor was still slamming the arch signal over and over in my face and shaking his head no. It was super discouraging jump, and under canopy all I wanted to do was land, debrief and go home. LOL it was a rough day for me for sure, definately didn;'t feel anywhere near prepared like i did in jump 1.
1 - no logbook 2 - said my arch wasn't "good" and that I was "too stiff and tense" 3 - said I didn't "look" comfortable enough 4 - same signal the entire dive - "main side instructor was still slamming the arch signal over and over in my face and shaking his head no"
5 - "I didn't even pay attention to if the instructors had an instruction" - one thing we look for every jump is that the student is aware and taking instruction (shows he's not in sensory overload). That might be why the signal just kept coming again and again.....I just don't know
there's a lot here I'm finding distressing about the portrayal of the instruction you received both in air and on the ground - I'm wondering if maybe you should reset and sit with your instructors and talk it out more before putting such a negative picture out here of the instruction you are getting. I'm having a hard time swallowing this account as written.
that said - tunnel time is a great way to get comfy for the rest of the freefall portion of your jumps. But so is a good Cat C as well. Tunnel is a great tool, but we've trained a LOT of people without.
I rarely get the opportunity to give an arch signal without some additional leg trimming signal first that will allow the arch to be more effective (typically narrower knees and/or legs out (sometimes taps), THEN arch). YMMV
Arching super hard will not fix potato chipping. So the two observations "arch better" (interpreted incorrectly as arch "harder") and "relax" are really in conflict until you are trained what they mean by "arch better"
A better arch is best achieved by "relaxing into it". Not just "Hammer" out the arch. A good arch can be more comfortable, not more effort.
(This post was edited by rehmwa on Sep 7, 2012, 11:35 AM)