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stuw

Jun 26, 2012, 9:59 PM
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G'day all,

Is anyone able to post a photo of a rotatable AFF Training Table that you use at your DZ? I am thinking of the table that students practice their dive sequence on at approx four foot above the ground. My DZ is in need of one and I am looking at getting one fabricated by a local metal worker.

Any photo posts would be greatly appreciated.


Premier DSE  (D 29060)

Jun 27, 2012, 12:06 AM
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https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/...859_1193287500_n.jpg

This one is really simple; it's a broken creeper with a new pad, mounted on an industrial lazy susan and old table legs. Cost me around 20.00 to build.
It would be nice if it were more sturdy, but it works great, all day every day.


peek  (D 8884)

Jun 27, 2012, 4:21 AM
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My idea: I made one of these a long time ago, after seeing one used by another instructor. It has gotten a lot of use.

See the attached picture of the plastic bin. Add wheels and it becomes an "elevated creeper". (Not 4 feet high, but high enough for the instructor to not need to bend their back much to operate.)

It doesn't rotate as well as something with a ball-bearing swivel, but if you get big enough wheels it is pretty good.

Get one of the larger ones, like 3 feet long. Some of these already have a place to put the wheels because they assume people will want to do that.

A padded thing on top would be nice for your student.

Plus, it doubles as storage for your other training gear.


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theonlyski  (D License)

Jun 27, 2012, 7:59 AM
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In reply to:
See the attached picture of the plastic bin. Add wheels and it becomes an "elevated creeper".

FWIW, if you're trying to find these, search for "Tuff Box"


floormonkey  (D License)

Jun 27, 2012, 2:49 PM
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we use an old wire spool with casters on bottom and a padded top.


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Jun 30, 2012, 3:40 PM
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That reminds me of one that I saw in East Troy, Wisconsin - about twenty years ago.
It was a free-standing hammock with casters. The fabric was cut out in front of the face.
A dummy harness was sewn on the front (bottom side) with fake cutaway and reserve ripcord handles. There was also a "clock" altimeter mounted on the fake chest strap.


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Jul 2, 2012, 9:52 AM
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I've seen that type too, Rob. It was pretty sweet.

For wingsuit training, I needed something to support the chest but that would allow the legs to drop below the edge, so I've got a "backwards" creeper with the normal chest area cut a bit more slim.
The funny part is that I built this exclusively for the WS school, but it gets more use from AFF than anything.

The one I've built was cheap, easy to pack away, and lets the arms and legs drop below the deck with a fair degree of comfort.
Were I to build another, I'd make the deck more slender, and the chest a bit more wide/padded. Then again, that probably wouldn't suffice for AFF.


UliToo  (Student)

Jul 3, 2012, 4:26 PM
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Little wheels move it around easily. Not sure what the core is made of. The top is very cushion-y, surrounded with leather. Very well used and holds up nicely.
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stuw

Jul 4, 2012, 9:27 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys.



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