May 23, 2006, 11:29 AM
Post #1 of 7
I have my A now and I want to work on RW before I move onto freeflying. What are some fun RW jumps that I can do with my little jump numbers?
I tried to do a jump with one guy who had a little more jumps than me but we couldn't get on the same plane because I was floating like crazy and he was a sinker.... Should I be jumping with newbies like myself or more experienced people?
You want to jump with more experienced people whenever possible. If you're a recent A license, then 2-ways with someone who is at the coach level in experience at first (not a coach necessarily, but someone with good skills and awareness). Your skill level didn't go up with the A license...
Then on to 4-ways. Before moving on to freeflying you should be comfortable in a funnelled 4-way (in practice, not just theory ), you should understand about exit separation and automatically implement it, and you should have more unstable exits under your belt.
You have to be able to track away from people after breakoff, taking into account where they're going. Until now, others have been taking you into account. It's a big difference. The thing about doing RW before freeflying is that it limits the variables to some extent, so that you can learn more thoroughly those skills.
I'm not about to tell you when to move on to freeflying, since I haven't yet.
Im a newbie too, and have started doing 2-ways. Welcome to the next dimension of your skydiving fun!
You have had good advice: .
When you jump with more experienced people, they will make it seem nice and easy and will match your fall rate and stay relative to you and generally give you a pleasant experience which will boost your confidence. They should also help you iron out bad habits, and will ensure you create a safe distance between each other ready for deployment.
I have just started jumping with my boyfriend who also has lower jump numbers, and we have to work REALLY hard to stay together in the sky. and match each others fall rates as we were both over-compensating for his faster fall and my slower fall. Jumping with other newbies can be good in the sense that you both really have to think and work harder. There are things that can help you and your friend fall at similar rates: The type of jump suit will affect fall speed There are obvioulsy the slow and fast fall body positions, its important to practise these It might also be good to have a plan. You might decided to use the fast faller as a base and you increse your fall rate to meet them, or they might decide to 'starfish it' and slow fall allowing you to keep your standard arch position.
Safety is an important issue when jumping with other newbies.. Get clearance from a senior person, make sure you know the direction of the jump run, and how high/which direction you will both turn and track away from each other, and know in your mind what you will do if you lose each other.
Even better, get an experienced person to jump with you and help you practise fall rates!
I have just started jumping with my boyfriend who also has lower jump numbers, and we have to work REALLY hard to stay together in the sky. and match each others fall rates as we were both over-compensating for his faster fall and my slower fall
Try to wear clothing that gets you each closer in fall rate from the start and it will be a lot easier. After graduation I struggled with fall rate on some jumps (depending on who I jumped with) and it made a huge difference to the success and enjoyment of my jumps. Just being in the right ballpark makes a huge difference.