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airronchi

Aug 5, 2005, 10:12 PM
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hi, i am a 34 year old chef. i have recently decided to follow my dream of skydiving and making a career in the field. i have jumped static line in the military (ions ago). is it too late for me? what's the best way to approach this? and has anyone heard of the skydiving program in new zealand...is it worth it?
(nzskydivingschool.com)
thank you for your opinions


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Aug 5, 2005, 11:23 PM
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Who are you. If you fill out your profile a bit you might get a better responce.

Sparky


Ruffles  (A 42288)

Aug 5, 2005, 11:30 PM
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Hes got no jumps, no container, no parachute, and no home DZ. There ya go...


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Aug 5, 2005, 11:34 PM
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Hes got no jumps, no container, no parachute, and no home DZ. There ya go...

That why I suggested he fill out his profile. He now has a name and a place where he is from and so on. There ya go....


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Hooknswoop  (D License)

Aug 6, 2005, 5:32 AM
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is it worth it?

I've done it. In short, no, it is not worth it for numerous reasons. PM me for details.

Derek


bodypilot1  (D 16037)

Aug 6, 2005, 8:21 AM
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Hello Aaron

Looking at your profile, you are close to the area I live. Please feel free to contact me by phone or visit me at the DZ with any questions you have in regards to making this your career choice.
I also have a private one on one training program to get you back in the air if your interested.

Be safe.
Ed


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Aug 6, 2005, 9:02 AM
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Professional cooking pays better than professional skydiving.
Just ask Vinny Palmieri who teaches at Perris Velley Skydiving School.


airtwardo  (D License)

Aug 6, 2005, 9:10 AM
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I've done it. In short, no, it is not worth it for numerous reasons.

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But...but..."Skydiving has bean berry berry good to MEEEEE!"Wink




...although, I wouldn't quit my 'day' job!Sly


Hooknswoop  (D License)

Aug 6, 2005, 10:09 AM
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...although, I wouldn't quit my 'day' job!

Exactly.Wink

Derek


bodypilot1  (D 16037)

Aug 6, 2005, 1:11 PM
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Professional cooking pays better than professional skydiving.



Dont be a Hater..... Tongue



Be safe.
Ed


Hooknswoop  (D License)

Aug 6, 2005, 1:14 PM
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Professional cooking pays better than professional skydiving.

Professional anything pays better than skydivingTongue

Derek


Andy_Copland  (A 105852)

Aug 6, 2005, 2:53 PM
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Being a skydiver and working at a DZ is pay in itself, i'd give anything to be able to jump the amount my instructors do Crazy

p.s not in a good mood, it was too windy for a novice like me today Mad. Is it normal to be physically pissed off because u dont get to jump on the day u wanted lol Laugh


Hooknswoop  (D License)

Aug 6, 2005, 4:17 PM
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Being a skydiver and working at a DZ is pay in itself, i'd give anything to be able to jump the amount my instructors do

The grass is always greener.......They aren't fun jumping, they are working. It's not like they get to go freefly or do 4-way. AFF and tandems are hard work. You make zero money when the weather is poor or there are no students or the plane is broken, etc. If the DZ overstaffs, you starve. If you get hurt, you starve. You can never get ahead or make up for bad weather. You are an independant contractor with no benefits or rights. You get a 1099 at the end of the year. If you don't like something at the DZ, you can either live with it or go somewhere else if the DZO doesn't want to change it.

Derek


meltdown  (A 44508)

Aug 6, 2005, 4:28 PM
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Dude, I started jumping at 39 (2 years ago), so no it's not too late to start. But like the others said, keep your day job. You can enjoy skydiving without it taking over your life. Most of the staff at my DZ have day jobs and work in skydiving on the weekends.


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Aug 6, 2005, 6:56 PM
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Most of the staff at my DZ have day jobs and work in skydiving on the weekends.

This is the key phrase. The are working in skydiving. Do you want a job or do you want to skydive for recreation and fun. Spend a couple of weekends at a DZ and see how many of the instructors or other staff make any fun loads at all.

Any time you start to work at what you do for fun it becomes a "JOB".

Sparky



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