Aug 15, 2005, 2:33 PM
Post #1 of 15
Go back, or Live with it . ..
I think the best thing that could happen to skydiving is the commercial center goes away in favor of how it was years ago. Non-profit clubs.
There eventually would be a club for every flavor of skydiving, There'd be clubs for vRW, clubs for RW, clubs for Swooping, and also clubs for people who only want to jump, laugh, and party. For such an open minded group of people we seem to be way too susceptible to being handled . . .
Aug 17, 2005, 4:32 PM
Post #13 of 15
Re: [NickDG] Go back, or Live with it . ..
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Yes you could go back, but because of commercial centers we have turbine aircraft that are nicer than that old twin beeach I first jumped out of. Skydiving used to be more of a total shared experience amonst a small group of closely knit people. But it has evolved into a very competitive sport where some people try to compete and really put alot of money and time into becoming better. Freeflying is so much like the early days of RW, no real rules, and the opportunity to do things for the first time they have ever been done, just like the years it took to make the first 8 way star. I remember those days, and when the group, the Arvin good guys were attempting the first big stars, not everone got to go on the load simply because they wanted to, they had to be at a certain skill and experience level to get on the load. Just like today. It's not uncommon for a new jumper to make several hunder 2 way sit dives before getting on a big load, for safety and the ability to fly at a certain level.
To me one of the things that keeps me coming back to the DZ each weekend is the challenge to get more proficient, for me freeflying is very difficult, even to master the basic moves. If it was so easy, I don't thing it would have the same challenge. I probably missing something, but that's my 2 cents worth. Jack jefferies said it best, "every skydive is just play", some like to play really hard. Aloha, Tim