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countzero  (D 32712)

Mar 1, 2006, 6:32 PM
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i didn't pass my level 4 this past weekend because i got flat after my first turn, and my instructor fell faster than i did. then i went into slow spins but once i corrected it was time to pull.

i'm 140lbs. and 5-10. and due to genetics i've been rail thin my whole life. and i've heard that thinner people wear weights in thier suits to be able to fall relatively with other jumpers.

so i was wondering if wearing weights around the waist could help me fall relatively with other jumpers? and since they'd be around the waist, physics would take over and pull my waist down betterthus helping me arch. would this work? cheers


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Mar 1, 2006, 6:33 PM
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What did your instructor say?


marks  (D 22296)

Mar 1, 2006, 6:43 PM
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It would work to help fine tune your skydiving. if you had more experiance.

as a student it would not work.

your instructor will make the adjustments he needs to make to himself to correct this.

you need to arch, and weights wont help you arch.

if your dearched it is easy to start a turn but hard to stop it, due to instability. if you arch, it is harder to start a turn but easier to stop it. due to stability.

the answer to your problem is arch, and after your arching, then try and correct the turn or spin.


(This post was edited by marks on Mar 1, 2006, 6:46 PM)


countzero  (D 32712)

Mar 1, 2006, 6:47 PM
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What did your instructor say?

i didn't think about this till today and thought i'd ask here before asking my instructor.


marks  (D 22296)

Mar 1, 2006, 6:48 PM
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What did your instructor say?

i didn't think about this till today and thought i'd ask here before asking my instructor.

hahaha, change your way of thinking... ask your instructor. thats what they are there for.Wink


countzero  (D 32712)

Mar 1, 2006, 6:50 PM
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It would work to help fine tune your skydiving. if you had more experiance.

as a student it would not work.

your instructor will make the adjustments he needs to make to himself to correct this.

you need to arch, and weights wont help you arch.

thank you for the info. i'm off to practice arching. cheers

if your dearched it is easy to start a turn but hard to stop it, due to instability. if you arch, it is harder to start a turn but easier to stop it. due to stability.

the answer to your problem is arch, and after your arching, then try and correct the turn or spin.


marks  (D 22296)

Mar 1, 2006, 6:52 PM
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your welcome...

lol... next time you use the "quote" button. make sure you write underneath all the other writing. you messege got jumbled up in the quote.Wink

there are some shit hot cutie skydivers out there at your DZ. tell them all I said hi.Smile


azureriders  (D 28830)

Mar 1, 2006, 7:41 PM
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What did your instructor say?

i didn't think about this till today and thought i'd ask here before asking my instructor.

hahaha, change your way of thinking... ask your instructor. thats what they are there for.Wink

Mark,
I agree that is what instructors are for and as said by so many before, always ask your instructors. However, I don't believe that it is a bad idea to ask here first.

Zero,
Don't misunderstand me, if you are with your instructor and have a question, ask him. I am not suggesting that you wait until you can ask DZ.com first. Now, all too often I found my self sitting around and bam, there is a question in my head, why did I not ask my instructor that. Asking here first is a technique that I used, and still use, very successfully. You must however remember one thing, never believe a damn thing you are told here, by me or anyone else, and especially me. You can however use what you are told here to fuel your mind with questions to ask your instructor latter. Ask here first and the answers you get may add more questions for you to ask your instructor later, questions you may not have otherwise thought of.

As for your original question, I am aprox. 265# out the door so I have no idea what you are talking about Sly


marks  (D 22296)

Mar 1, 2006, 7:48 PM
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the only issue with that, is that as an instructor, each and every one of us has a different way of dealing with different things. what I tell my students might be different from what this instructor does with his/her student. so to reduce the confusion on the students part, it is best for them to deal with the instructors that is taking them on there aff.

It isnt bad to ask questions, but to get confused is not good. and even me, being an instructor myself, could confuse the student because I deal with certain things differently than his instructor. not that im wrong or right, or vice versa. it just isn't necessary to confuse a student at such a time as during there aff.


(This post was edited by marks on Mar 1, 2006, 7:50 PM)


bodypilot1  (D 16037)

Mar 1, 2006, 7:55 PM
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i got flat after my first turn, and my instructor fell faster than i did.


You do not need to get weights. You need to get a NEW Instructor. Unimpressed
Find one that can do his job and stay with the student.



Be safe
Ed


sundevil777  (D License)

Mar 1, 2006, 7:55 PM
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I think your question is valid - to pose to your instructors, and I will say that I might disagree with what some others have said here.

You should have to arch, but if you are having to arch till it hurts, and your fallrate still isn't enough, your instructors might be wise to consider a little weight on you so that you can be in a more natural body position. This assumes that you are having to try to arch very very much, as this can make it hard to control your symmetry - avoid turns.

I'm just saying that it wouldn't be a bad thing to propose to your instructors that you might all be better off if you didn't have to do aerial yoga to stay at their fallrate.

However, if they say it is not needed, then don't press the point, let their judgement be the final word, without pushing further.

It isn't that weights 'pull your waist down' to help you arch, the weights just make you fall faster than you would otherwise given the same body position.

Good luck.


(This post was edited by sundevil777 on Mar 1, 2006, 7:59 PM)


pilotdave  (D License)

Mar 1, 2006, 8:52 PM
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I wore weights for AFF, starting with my first release dive. Weights don't help ya arch, but they do help fallrate. I started with 2 pretty big instructors who struggled (but stayed with me) and eventually only jumped with 2 smaller ones for the rest of my AFF jumps.

Wore weights for almost all of my first 200 jumps, then suddenly started falling faster (without gaining weight) and haven't needed them since. But if ya need em, ya need em. But for a student, it's the instructor's call. Best call for him MIGHT be to pass the student on to someone else, but it might also be to have the student add weights. I needed both.

Dave


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Mar 1, 2006, 9:13 PM
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Generally students do not wear weights. Why?

1. AFF-I's are trained to be able to adjust their fallrate to you; that's why they get the big bucks. (Well, they don't get the big bucks, but you know what I mean.)

2. Increased freefall speed can lead to harder openings - so everything else being equal, slower is better at pull time on most student canopies.

3. Weights can reduce the need to arch, and arching is very important for stability.

4. If you have a bad landing, the weights can be the little extra energy that breaks your ankle.

5. If you land in water, they may be bad (obviously.)

All that being said, sometimes AFF-I's put weights on students. It's not something I would do with my students, but the best person to ask will be your instructor, not us.


bodypilot1  (D 16037)

Mar 1, 2006, 9:48 PM
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I wore weights for AFF, starting with my first release dive. Weights don't help ya arch, but they do help fallrate. I started with 2 pretty big instructors who struggled (but stayed with me) and eventually only jumped with 2 smaller ones for the rest of my AFF jumps.

Wore weights for almost all of my first 200 jumps, then suddenly started falling faster (without gaining weight) and haven't needed them since. But if ya need em, ya need em. But for a student, it's the instructor's call. Best call for him MIGHT be to pass the student on to someone else, but it might also be to have the student add weights. I needed both.

Dave


If the student has the ability to arch, and is not in a flat or dearched position on the ground, it is wrong for the instructor to add wieghts to a student for their inabilities to fly with them.
Having a good instructor that can "dress for sucess" and match the fall rate of the student, with some extra room for adjustment , up or down, in their bag, is much easier then weighting up a student to fall with the instructor.


Be safe
Ed


marks  (D 22296)

Mar 2, 2006, 4:57 AM
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You should have to arch, but if you are having to arch till it hurts, and your fallrate still isn't enough, your instructors might be wise to consider a little weight on you so that you can be in a more natural body position. This assumes that you are having to try to arch very very much, as this can make it hard to control your symmetry - avoid turns.

this is where an instructor rating would have helped you understand what is going on better.

the reason he had the turn is because of the instability, lack of arching. weights will not help with that.

if he was arching till it hurt, I can preatty much guarentee he would have not been turning or spinning.


Icon134  (D 29820)

Mar 2, 2006, 6:44 AM
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You should have to arch, but if you are having to arch till it hurts, and your fallrate still isn't enough, your instructors might be wise to consider a little weight on you so that you can be in a more natural body position. This assumes that you are having to try to arch very very much, as this can make it hard to control your symmetry - avoid turns.

this is where an instructor rating would have helped you understand what is going on better.

the reason he had the turn is because of the instability, lack of arching. weights will not help with that.

if he was arching till it hurt, I can preatty much guarentee he would have not been turning or spinning.

I'm sorry Mark I'm not sure I understand what you're saying... I'm not saying its wrong but just that I don't understand it. Unimpressed

Someone can be arching "very hard" but not be symmetric thus causing a spin... although its more likely that someone "thinks" they're arching "hard" when in fact they're more likely stiff as a board and jsut as flat. (I'm not saying this is the case here.) I've seen video of a jumper that was flat like this and the JM really had a "fun" Crazy time with her.

To the original poster: Have the instructors seen/shot any video of you're jumps?

Scott


marks  (D 22296)

Mar 2, 2006, 7:02 AM
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like I said before. when you dearched "unstable" it is easy to start a turn/spin, and hard to stop it, "without experiance". when you are arching "stable" it is more difficult to start a turn, but easy to stop it. when you are arched and "very" stable, you can be out of symetry ever so slightly and it is ok. if you are flat, you will spinn like a top.

look at high performance parachutes, or even airplane wings. they are flat. then look at a jumbo passenger jet wing, it is more rounded.

hope that helps a little.

ok, so im not saying he wasn't out of symetry, just saying that if he was arched, it may have never even got like that. and if it did, it would have been a whole lot easier to stop.


(This post was edited by marks on Mar 2, 2006, 7:04 AM)


Icon134  (D 29820)

Mar 2, 2006, 7:04 AM
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like I said before. when you dearched "unstable" it is easy to start a turn/spin, and hard to stop it, "without experiance". when you are arching "stable" it is more difficult to start a turn, but easy to stop it. when you are arched and "very" stable, you can be out of symetry ever so slightly and it is ok. if you are flat, you will spinn like a top.

look at high performance parachutes, or even airplane wings. they are flat. then look at a jumbo passenger jet wing, it is more rounded.

hope that helps a little.

Yep, That makes sense... Thanks.


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Mar 2, 2006, 7:24 AM
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That's one of the things I really like about Mark..he can get info to you in a pleasant way and can put it across in a number of ways so that we can understand.


Icon134  (D 29820)

Mar 2, 2006, 7:43 AM
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That's one of the things I really like about Mark..he can get info to you in a pleasant way and can put it across in a number of ways so that we can understand.

I agree... Mark is cool like that. Cool


marks  (D 22296)

Mar 2, 2006, 7:59 AM
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That's one of the things I really like about Mark..he can get info to you in a pleasant way and can put it across in a number of ways so that we can understand.


lol.... you are part of the few who would say that.,Laugh

actually, treating experianced skydivers one way, you have to treat students different..

you been to the swooping forum lately?Laugh


(This post was edited by marks on Mar 2, 2006, 7:59 AM)


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Mar 2, 2006, 8:29 AM
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yes...some good discussion going on about "Experienced teaching inexperienced"...

I agree with your point of view....


Premier Remster  (C License)

Mar 2, 2006, 8:37 AM
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Weights arent a cure for a poor arch. Your intructor will probably want you to get a good arch 1st and foremost.

Talk to him about what you need to do to get that arch properly.


lisamariewillbe  (A License)

Mar 2, 2006, 8:56 AM
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lol.... you are part of the few who would say that

Not true, you are still one of my favorites...


marks  (D 22296)

Mar 2, 2006, 9:04 AM
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Weights arent a cure for a poor arch. Your intructor will probably want you to get a good arch 1st and foremost.

Talk to him about what you need to do to get that arch properly.

now that I think about it a little more, adding weight in this situation, would only cause him to turn/spin more. because he would be falling faster..


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