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tigerclaw  (A 50153)

Feb 10, 2005, 9:59 PM
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Hello everyone!
I'm an AFF Student at Skydive Orange in Orange, VA.
I'm still a bit unstable, haven't been released yet.
Had to take some time off between jumps, that may be part of my problem. Blush But I've done some tunnel time, and I may get to do a bit more, soon. It's still a bit cold for jumping here in VA. But I'm hoping to get up there again ASAP. Smile
I had a bad arch...butt up in the air, etc. Hopefully some of the other newbie posts I've read will help me to get my act together. I REALLY sympathize!Unsure
Well, here's hoping I do better on the next one. RELEASE ME!!!!! hee hee heeCool


doddy  (Student)

Feb 10, 2005, 10:27 PM
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never give up!!!, my first few jumps where a bit hairy but it gets better.

Anyhow welcome to the forums and stay safe!Smile


tigerclaw  (A 50153)

Feb 10, 2005, 11:21 PM
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Doddy, how do you have a #,? [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the reply!
I'll stick with it for sure.
How do u have a #? already? if u are working on your license, too?


doddy  (Student)

Feb 10, 2005, 11:25 PM
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Not sure about where you jump from, but my dz issues a student sticker which has your student number on it and that gets registered to the govening body (thats what ive been told). Mine is APF but im in australia so i dont know about your dz!


tigerclaw  (A 50153)

Feb 10, 2005, 11:28 PM
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Student Sticker.. Cool Idea. [In reply to] Can't Post

I like the sound of that... Means that they hope/assume the jumper will stick with it, right?Smile
I'll check with my Jumpmasters....... see if we have the same thing goin' on. Sly


doddy  (Student)

Feb 10, 2005, 11:30 PM
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You are doing your AFF arent you?

Coz if you are you should have a log book and in the front cover will be your student number!


Peej  (B 2456)

Feb 10, 2005, 11:39 PM
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Hey there, welcome to the site!

You can practice your arch on the ground too you know, in a pool or even on your bed, just remember to "push the bush" as i've heard some instructors say Crazy


Premier skymama  (D 26699)
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Feb 11, 2005, 4:24 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Smile I hope you are able to get your arch situation worked out. I think more tunnel time sounds like it would help you out a lot.


Feeblemind  (D 28621)

Feb 11, 2005, 6:06 AM
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Tiger I am new also. I am doing a modified program called TAFF. It's alittle different, but the program is working for me.

I have had my 2 harness hold AFF jumps. My issue wasn't so much an arch as being a giant potatoe chip and some spin issues. Do your instructors video you jumps? mine does and it is an invaluable tool!! Nothing quite explains in words what a video tape can.

As my friend JC explained arch to me as "Point you privates at the danger and relax"

Phil


missg8tordivr

Feb 12, 2005, 11:37 AM
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I am sure it will come to you. I got to do four tandems before I started my AFF, so I wasn't too nervous. Just remember to breath and relax when you do.

*J


jondavidson  (A 46697)

Feb 12, 2005, 2:08 PM
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Hang in there, it's worth the effort!

I spent a short but VERY fun time in the tunnel at Perris, sure wish there was one within a few hundred miles of here.


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Feb 13, 2005, 8:48 AM
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In reply to:
...I'm still a bit unstable, haven't been released yet...

Yeah, I was a bit unstable too but they released me on good behavior and I'm back out in the "normal" world of skydiving...skydiving IS normal, isn't it??????Crazy

LaughLaughLaugh

Welcome, tigerclaw....you're going to just LOVE your new life.Smile


Cyanide41  (A 47094)

Feb 17, 2005, 6:27 AM
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Hey Tiger! I am a NewB too and had some problems like you are. Stability is a major part of Level 3 ( I am assuming that is the level you are on) Remember that a good arch consists of 3 parts; Big arms, hips down, and positive legs. I had problems with keeping that air pressure on my legs. I would practice in the living room on the floor with my toes on the couch. I hope this helps! Good Luck! Cool


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Jaria007  (Student)

Feb 20, 2005, 5:00 PM
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Hey! I'm new too, and having the exact same problems. I thought I was doing fine until my instructor told me my butt was in the air. My arch is fine on the ground, but all that air pressure makes the real thing completely different. I think I concentrate too much on remembering what step to do next " find header, check the altimeter, practice throw, check the altimeter, practice throw, check the altimeter, right turn, foward motion, get stable, etc..) that finding form was just impossible. We just need to keep practicing I'm told! Tongue


heidihagen  (A 49756)

Feb 20, 2005, 5:57 PM
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hello =)
i have the same issue... i concentrate too much on the list of things i have to do on each dive and totally blow the jump.
have you thought about taking a road trip.. i hear your state has a wind tunnel Wink they are soooo helpful and a lot of funAngelic
i'm not sure why your butt is in the air either. the tunnel will make you feel more comfortable in freefall to say the least...
good luck!!! heidi


firstime  (B 28972)

Feb 20, 2005, 7:19 PM
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these forums are for discussions, alot of folks are
reluctent to offer "advice". When I respond to a post
it's not advice but my personal experience. On that
note... I would look up at the plane when I felt that
feeling of potato chipping and go limp. Hey it worked for me. I used to get a kick out of people
saying "relax". when I was on AFF. My body is screaming to survive, then the mind kicks in and
says "yup this works". You will do a jump one day and "bingo" your confidence level will go way up.
Just don't respect for this sport and you will be fine.


Jaria007  (Student)

Feb 20, 2005, 8:57 PM
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I defintely want to get into the road trips. The wind tunnel is in Orlando, which is about 4 hours from here. I think it would be extremely helpful. I guess I dont know what it feels like to properly arch in freefall, so I dont know when I'm doing it wrong. I pretty much remembered all my steps but did them all in the wrong form lol. Maybe I could play the potato chip butt in the air dive as a new form of free flying?


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Jaria007  (Student)

Feb 20, 2005, 9:03 PM
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Relax? Ha!!! The difference between my first jump and second one was drastic. The first one, I couldnt stop smiling and laughing. This one, I looked like a sick puppy. I wasnt even afraid of the normal things...I was just afraid that I would forget something and fail. Like I would let my coach down! Looking up at the plane sounds awesome except I'm so disoriented, i wouldnt find the plane till it was too late! Shocked


Cyanide41  (A 47094)

Feb 20, 2005, 9:18 PM
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In reply to:
Relax? Ha!!! The difference between my first jump and second one was drastic. The first one, I couldnt stop smiling and laughing. This one, I looked like a sick puppy. I wasnt even afraid of the normal things...I was just afraid that I would forget something and fail. Like I would let my coach down! Looking up at the plane sounds awesome except I'm so disoriented, i wouldnt find the plane till it was too late! Shocked

One thing that no one told me untill it happend for the 2nd time.... is that most people fail at some point(s) VERY few people make it through AFF without repeating a level or two. I think I read on here about a person who passed AFF after THIRTY EIGHT jumps!!!


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Jaria007  (Student)

Feb 20, 2005, 9:48 PM
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I shall beat that record! Lucky 39 baby!


tigerclaw  (A 50153)

Feb 20, 2005, 10:38 PM
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At this rate,... I'll be happy if I get mine in 40!Tongue
But I will get it, eventually Smile

By the way, anyone read the article in this month's skydiving magazine by John Hoover? It's about the Exaggerated Mantis. How we work in the wind tunnel isn't quite the same if we're not wearing a "Rig"
I thought he hit the nail on the head, sorta/kinda.
I looked at myself on my tunnel video and thought "Wow, the next jump will be SOOOO much easier...Pirate silly newb. what was i thinkin'Shocked


Jaria007  (Student)

Feb 20, 2005, 10:59 PM
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I dont think any of the prep methods can truly simulate the real thing. The nerves, the wind, the gravity, the rig. Your form in a tunnel or on the ground just cant compare to that. Of course, this is just a newbie talking to a newbie. I might be completely wrongTongue


jumpjunkie2004  (D 31968)

Mar 3, 2005, 4:48 AM
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Hey TC...you'll get there!!!

After we talked, I signed up to check out this website.

Pretty cool. There's a ton of informaiton here!

See you soon.

Sarah


Orange1  (B 2638)

Mar 3, 2005, 5:17 AM
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The guys on my DZ say most students get some "block" at first... once they're over it progression goes smoothly... I also had problems with my arch on first few jumps but the last few have been perfect Smile... and I find that when you start to do it right and the confidence grows it just gets easier to do it right again the next time.



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