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Peke  (Student)

Apr 23, 2013, 4:56 AM
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Hi, after doing a tandem a number of years ago in Australia I've finally decided to do the AFF course and A Licence and have booked a place at Skydive Sebastian, FL at the end of May. Can't Wait!

I don't have much time there before my wife and daughter join me for a vacation so I want to be as prepared as possible. I'm going to do a number of sessions at a wind tunnel in the UK and I'm studying various docs eg on USPA.org
Any other suggestions before I go?
Cheers, Peke


shorehambeach  (B License)

Apr 23, 2013, 5:36 AM
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Hi Peke,

Welcome to your new expensive hobby !

Which wind tunnel are you going to ?

Have you downloaded the SIM from the USPA website ? (its free)

Have you got medical travel insurance that specifically includes skydiving ?

I went to FL to do AFF last year so have been through the whole process :)


Peke  (Student)

Apr 23, 2013, 11:09 AM
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Thanks for your reply Shorehambeach,

I'm looking at Airkix wind tunnel, Manchester - even though I'm now based in Scotland. They cater for AFF students with initially 6 x 2 min sessions with coaching. Not sure how many I'll need...

On the USPA website - it's the online ground school I've downloaded ( same thing?)

For the skydiving /travel insurance: Skycover : 80 for annual multi-jump ( 100 grand if I smoke in..) seems reasonable.

How did you get on last year? Looks like you're still jumping. Did you buy any equipment before you went? Thinking about helmet and goggles


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Apr 23, 2013, 11:29 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Smile A lot of people fail levels because of body position problems, so the tunnel time is probably going to help you a lot. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to hurry up and finish before your family gets there, just send them to the beach or a theme park!


shorehambeach  (B License)

Apr 24, 2013, 2:15 AM
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Peke,

Looks like we followed the same path as I also did 16 minutes in Airkix before AFF. If you are travelling that far then spend 20 + minutes (in 2 minutes sessions spread over a morning)

Going in the wind tunnel is a great learning tool - they key factor is having a stable body position which comes from a good arch and relaxing. These 2 things are easy to type but quite difficult to do at first Tongue

Make sure they know that you are going to the USA for AFF.

Go to http://www.uspa.org/SIM.aspx and see the link Download the SIM. Its a big document so email it to your local Staples and they will print it out for about 25.00

SKYCOVER IS NOT MEDICAL INSURANCE it is accident insurance. It does not cover medical bills.

You should have MEDICAL insurance - if you break a leg its 50k +

Have a look at Insure and Go - they have an annual travel insurance and you can pay extra 7 a day to add a days skydiving.

There is a whole list here:

https://docs.google.com/...G53Rlh4XzR3REE#gid=0

Don't buy any equipment before you go - you will get all the stuff you need with AFF.

Perhaps, after a few jumps, spend $11 on a pair of goggles from the Dropzone Shop but wait til you have finished AFF to start spending more.

You'll have a great time in the USA. I have done 3 trips to jump in the USA and have always had a great time and been really welcomed.

Blue SKies


babz  (C 107663)

Apr 24, 2013, 3:19 AM
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Hi Peke,

Good luck with your AFF, theres a number of AFF instructors who run tunnel time who may be better positioned to help you out other than the tunnel instructors (lovingly known as Tunnel rats..).

The tunnel should help you with basic body position, and give you a feel of f/f before you get there. It's not 100% but it helps (is cheaper too).

As for insurance, you need to be very careful - a lot of insurers cover 'parachuting' but not 'skydiving' (i.e. no freefall). They may also assume by skydiving/parachuting its a one off and not the purpose of the holiday - so best to double check (I'm sure insure and go said no last year when I asked to go to Belgium..)

I've got year wide cover with BUPA IHI which gives worldwide cover and heard good things.

I assume you're going to want to continue in the UK, so it may be best to make sure your kit and docs are up to date and keep copies of any videos - esp important if you don't finish AFF out there.

Have a fun safe trip and hope to catch you at a DZ some time :)


Peke  (Student)

Apr 24, 2013, 4:42 AM
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Thanks for all the advice above - it's really appreciated. I'm pretty used to flying aeroplanes ( did my FAA Commercial at Naples, FL a few years ago) but not jumping out of them - so its great to hear about the different aspects of AFF from people with experience.

I definately will book more tunnel time - it seems being relaxed and stable is key ( I've seen on YouTube when this is not the case..) and this will hopefully help enormously.

Thanks for the links and I'll research the insurance.
You're right about not putting pressure on though - I'm doing this for fun! Should have done this ages ago though, as some clever bugger once said 'The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it'


shorehambeach  (B License)

Apr 24, 2013, 7:44 AM
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Hi Babz

Insure and go have a full policy that covers skydiving. You add additional days cover for each of the days that you jump. I have the policy and jump in the UK USA and France... its pretty good at 7 day for USA and 3 a day fro France/Europe - this covers 10 mill medical and 2 million repatriation.


Peke

Good luck and enjoy !

Blue Skies.


babz  (C 107663)

Apr 24, 2013, 8:30 AM
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Yeah I found that, then I spoke to them and they told me not to bothered as it wouldnt cover me.


shorehambeach  (B License)

Apr 24, 2013, 11:48 AM
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Don't quite understand your post. They do insure
And you pay a daily rate in addition your policy to cover
Each day you skydive.
Simples.


ken911

Apr 26, 2013, 3:19 AM
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Hi Peke,
I am in a similar situation toy you as I'm heading to Ocana outside Madrid next month to (hopefully!) complete my AFF.
On the point of insurance I used STA which was recommended by fellow sky divers as already stated you need to be VERY careful as i had previously bought a policy which I thought covered me but didnt (parachuting vs Sky diving)
I would recommend that who every you use speak to a sales agent not just using the online quotation system and ask very specific questions.
Best of luck with the course!


Peke  (Student)

Apr 27, 2013, 12:09 AM
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Cheers Ken,
Will look into STA insurance as well. Enjoy Ocana!
Let us know how you get on,
Good luck, Peke


ken911

Apr 27, 2013, 3:51 AM
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Hi Peke,
forgot to mention that the cover costs either 35 or 42 depending on your age(under/over 35) That covers me for the week, unfortunately they couldn't offer an annual policy but as this is my first outing I wasn't too bothered.
Its important to state that skydiving is the main reason for your holiday that way you will be covered for multiple jumps, as some policies only cover for 2.
Best of luck, blue skies!


Peke  (Student)

Apr 28, 2013, 2:44 AM
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Doing a bit of pre-course reading in preparation for the AFF & 'A' Licence and coming across some useful quotes.
Although a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing and there is no substitute for instructor led face to face learning - it seems to be very sensible advice for a newbie:

'The most important skill a skydiver must develop is the ability to cope with and respond to emergency situations'

'Skydivers freefall about 1000ft in the first 10 secs and 1000ft every 5.5 secs after...altitude awareness is the skydivers most important task until the parachute opens'
USPA SIM 2012

'Skydiving is a series of intense little moments. Every jump lasts only a few minutes...so you must learn to think faster. ironically, this is actually a result of relaxation and slowing your thoughts down...if you have a problem during your jump, every fraction of every second counts'
C Hill

'Visualizing is a huge part of skydiving.
Close your eyes and visualize your jump. Go over the whole dive in your head from start to finish. Do so while doing breathing exercises. This will not only help you to perform better during your jump, it will help you to relax'
C Lehne


ruffner

Apr 29, 2013, 4:13 PM
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Also new. But lots of wind tunnel time. Hope it helps.



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