May 9, 2012, 5:39 PM
Post #1 of 8
Noob just starting out
Hello. I'm originally from sunny southern California, staying in San Antonio, TX for the time being. I've done tandem skydiving 3 times in Camarillo, Lake Perris, and Taft. I've had the time of my life everytime. I've decided now is the time to finally take the next step and complete my AFF classes and gety A license.
The nearest dropzone to me right now would be Skydive San Marcos.
I have a few questions before I schedule my first AFF.
Should all of the AFF classes be completed at the same dropzone? I have a hectic schedule, so I might have to complete a few of the AFF classes here in TX, and finish up the rest of my jumps when I go back to CA this summer.
Someone mentioned to me that San Antonio does not have the best conditions for skydiving. He mentioned the atmospheric conditions here are not friendly to parachuting. Is there any truth to this?
Hey there. I spent time in San Marcos coming from Austin. It has windy days just like any other DZ but I hadn't noticed anything more than normal.
In terms of doing AFF at different DZs, I did that. I did my first jump at one DZ, then did the next 3 at another before finishing at the original DZ. I will say that having the same instructors that go with you on each jump helps you learn faster. Also each DZ's AFF is slightly different than the next so there could be chances to miss out on some learning. If I could go back, I would have done it all at 1 DZ. A benefit to getting to multiple DZs is many people early in their careers learn to fly based on the geography of that DZ, for example they set up their landing pattern based on landmarks. Getting to a new DZ you can break that habit. After I got my A i went to about 10 DZs and it really helped just get familiar with how different places do things, and learn from different jumpers.
skymama (D 26699)
May 10, 2012, 5:06 AM
Post #3 of 8
Welcome to the forums! I think it would probably be better to do all of your training at one dz because your instructors will be able to track your progress better. That said, if you can't do it that way, you can't! Just do what you need to do for your training to fit into your schedule and make it work.