Yep, I use a different book too. My notes on tunnel stuff get lengthy at times.
Although, I have seen at least one skydiver logging his tunnel time in his jump log. He had about three hours, and wanted to be able to conviently show any interested parties his jump and tunnel experience in one easy way.
(This post was edited by Avion on Jul 17, 2005, 12:07 PM)
well since this hasnt been moved, i guess ill keep it going I was surfin the search feature and found out the the USPA doesnt recognize tunnel time. is that right? cuase it would seem to me that tunnel time would be an advantage to someone such as myself with little experience wanting to gain more control over my body on freefall.
again if a mod sees this and wants to move it please do so to the correct location. thanks!
(This post was edited by FrEaK_aCcIdEnT on Jul 17, 2005, 1:04 PM)
No, the US Parachute Association, does not recognize tunnel time as counting towards any requirement. Can you become a better skydiver by flying in the tunnel, yes, but only the freefall part. You can't practice: exits, spotting, canopy flight, gear/safety checks, break-off, tracking, altitude awareness, emergency procedures, etc, etc... all of which is part of becoming a skydiver.
I know someone will bitch and say you can track in a tunnel, but forward motion is not a maximum performance track, the likes of which is mandatory after a group jump.
I had quite a bit of tunnel time, alot more than I actually needed, before I did AFF. If you can afford it 20-30 mins in a tunnel I think would be very helpful in getting you familar with freefall and help you acquire some basic skills, stability and turns etc that will hopefully enable you to get through your AFF levels on the first try. Have you noticed the recurring posts about people failing levels for wobbling or being unable to stop turning?
(This post was edited by Avion on Jul 17, 2005, 1:38 PM)
I just write down date, how many minutes, who was my coach. I do so many drills in there, many repeated often, that I don't bother writing details. Plus I have the videos to watch if I want to remember details.
Then I sum up the minutes, multiply by $12.
Then I realize how much cheaper HEROIN or CRACK is than my TUNNEL ADDICTION!!!!