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climberjumper  (Student)

Jul 11, 2012, 5:19 AM
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Here's the thing:
- I live in Zurich, Switzerland and have no car. I have 19 jumps (8 AFF & 11 normal).
- It takes me 2 hours to get to the DZ (2 trains & 1 bus)
- 1+ hours to pack my chute (4 safety checks which must be approved by instructor who is always busy)
- I manage to do 1 - 2 jumps (if the wind/rain stays away)
- 2 hours back to Zurich.

I honestly do like skydiving. But it appears that I really need to dedicate my entire day off work just to do two jumps. I work long hours, stressfull finance job, sometimes I don't get a day off (I work through the weekend sometimes)

Also, the DZ's close from October to April. Do people have similiar experiences as I do?

Dive safe


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Jul 11, 2012, 5:28 AM
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Yeah. You should probably quit.


craigbey  (C 31991)

Jul 11, 2012, 5:34 AM
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Quote:
You should probably quit.

... your job. Man up and cut away. Go for it.


piisfish

Jul 11, 2012, 5:52 AM
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find someone with whom you can carpool. Many people from Zurich jumping.
Pack faster
Find another DZ
poor finance worker.... try working as a travel agent, you won't even have the money for the fun Tongue


cocheese  (D 24000)

Jul 11, 2012, 6:56 AM
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It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll.


sundevil777  (D License)

Jul 11, 2012, 6:58 AM
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It takes me 2 hours to get to the DZ (2 trains & 1 bus)

A lot of people take that much time or more to drive to the DZ. You're able to do other things during that time. I wish I had 2 trains and a bus that could get me there in 2 hours.


oldwomanc6

Jul 11, 2012, 7:57 AM
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I thought I'd heard all the excuses not to jump by now, but that's a new one. "Too much hassle!" Laugh

If you don't want to jump, don't jump. If you want to jump, make it happen. It's just a decision. Where there's a will, there's a way and all that. Tongue


Arvoitus  (D 3917)

Jul 11, 2012, 9:14 AM
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Finance job in Switzerland probably means you're rolling in cash. Just book a plane ticket to some place warm and go jump your ass off.


skydiverbry  (D License)

Jul 11, 2012, 9:57 AM
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Join AA!!!


That is where quitters goWink


LaughLaughLaugh


Bry


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Jul 11, 2012, 10:08 AM
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I you were guaranteed to get laid every time you went to the drop zone you would figure out a way to make it work. Wink

Sparky


Abedy  (D 10153)

Jul 11, 2012, 10:52 AM
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I just looked up the DZ locator at http://www.myskdive.de... and found: this link resulting in Skydive Zrich, hehe!

Apart from that: Just stay at the DZ on a rainy, windy day and ask/persuade instructors or old farts (best. old fart instructors) to learn packing. Demanding, exhausting 3-4 hours but worth it and you will pack much faster after the ordeal Wink

2 hours isn't thaaat bad. Just take care you are focused, improve your packing and go for it. Stay there at the weekend, better ratio of "travel time" to "jump time" Sly And/or jump at Skydive Zrich?


shah269  (A 59581)

Jul 11, 2012, 11:44 AM
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Can you stay there the night?
2 hours each way is a bit much but two hours in one day isn't all that bad!


SCOTT735  (A License)

Jul 11, 2012, 4:47 PM
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I go to a DZ that is 2hrs drive from my house. I never thought twice about. It's absolutely worth a 2hr drive (each way) to jump out of a plane...even once.


excaza  (C License)

Jul 11, 2012, 6:06 PM
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I go to a DZ that is 2hrs drive from my house. I never thought twice about. It's absolutely worth a 2hr drive (each way) to jump out of a plane...even once.
Same, I try and plan it so I spend at least a few days tenting at the DZ and it's absolutely worth it for me. Plus, being 'stuck' up at the DZ really helps you meet the community since you're there for the dinners, the bonfires, and the general shit-shooting instead of racing home and missing it all. I'm not the most outgoing guy around, but being around so much has certainly helped.


(This post was edited by excaza on Jul 11, 2012, 6:08 PM)


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Jul 11, 2012, 6:10 PM
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I you were guaranteed to get laid every time you went to the drop zone you would figure out a way to make it work. Wink

Sparky

Truer words... Wink


TommyM  (D 12889)

Jul 12, 2012, 11:44 AM
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It will get better, you'll pack quicker and those safety checks will also get quicker when the instructors see your face all the time and know your serious. It's all about putting in the time, there is no substitute for dedication, and the experienced jumpers will notice and respect that.

I've visited Zurich a few times, I sure wouldn't mind taking 2 hours to get back home to that ghetto, especially on a Swiss train, they are plush and you can bet your ass they are on time....to the second!

_tm
El Cap 699


ILUVCHUTERS  (C 3426)

Jul 13, 2012, 7:50 AM
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I guess you have to decide whether it's worth it for you. It takes about 45 min- 1 hour to get to our DZ, and we're out there pretty much every weekend. Days off are "days at the DZ" for the most part, although we are trying to balance it out with other stuff :)

Many of our jumpers come from further than that, I know of one who is there every weekend who drives 4-5 hours, and many who drive 3 hours one way.

Up here in Canada, our season is quite short, too. We make up for it by going south in the winter when we can, or finding other fun ways to keep occupied during the cold winter months Wink

DZs are fewer and further between here as well, so many of us travel far to skydive. You and only you can make the decision as to whether it's worth it or not.

Packing, etc. those will get faster in time, which will allow you to get more jumps in a day if that's what you want. And possibly you'll meet someone with whom you can carpool if you don't like the train, although it sounds like a sweet ride to me! You can get up earlier and just nap all the way there and you're there in no time!

And use the downtime - rain, wind etc. to learn things you can only learn on the ground.


DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

Jul 13, 2012, 9:07 AM
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In reply to:
- 1+ hours to pack my chute (4 safety checks which must be approved by instructor who is always busy)
- I manage to do 1 - 2 jumps (if the wind/rain stays away)

In reply to:
But it appears that I really need to dedicate my entire day off work just to do two jumps.

Things are different for students and experienced jumpers.

With more experience you can carefully pack a parachute in 6-7 minutes.

Licensed skydivers (starts at 25 jumps in the US and I think FAI requirements are similar) are subject to much less supervision than students which should limit the safety checks.

I've made 10 jumps in one day and find 5 or 6 pleasant and unhurried.



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