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Visually impaired looking for instructor to help get certified to jump solo

 


RedRogue  (Student)

Jun 12, 2012, 5:41 PM
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Hello, I am looking into finding an instructor that would be willing to teach me how to skydive. I have a rare eye condition called aniridia, which basically means I don't have the eye color so extremely light sensitive. So I would need to wear tinted goggles or helmet when jumping. I'm completely blind in right eye and have 2400/20 vision in left eye, vision is blurred but can see well enough see another person in front of me and during my first tandem was able to tell where I was in relation to DZ. My bf who is licensed went over with me the aerial of the DZ and I was able to memorize what was around the area (golf course, etc.).
I live in Baltimore and am really interested in finding an instructor to help me get my license so I can begin this hobby with my bf. If anyone can help me find an instructor close to me I'd appreciate it.

Thanks,
Faith


(This post was edited by RedRogue on Jun 12, 2012, 5:43 PM)


wmw999  (D 6296)

Jun 13, 2012, 6:21 AM
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Many years ago a friend of mine made a few jumps. Her vision was similarly compromised (dunno why, but she was emphatically legally blind). In those days it was static line; the DZ looked a whole lot bigger at 3000' and was in a predictable place.

Something to think about.

Wendy P.


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Jun 15, 2012, 4:34 AM
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I am already emailing Faith to get more information on her vision, as I can help both with that and the instructor end of things. I have a good friend that's an instructor in her area that would most likely be willing to work with her, and I can take care of the visual mods if necessary. I have taught a legally blind skydiver. I'd do the jumps myself, but am out of commission til spring with a knee injury Crazy



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