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Dropzones that will take quadraplegics for tandems?

 


A-DZ  (B 35578)

Oct 28, 2012, 3:07 AM
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Hello! I'm a new skydiver, USPA B license with 100+ jumps. I have a friend who would like to try a tandem skydive. He is quadraplegic, with some upper body movement, i.e. he can move his arms though has difficulty controlling his hands and fingers with precision.

He is a tough guy (he's done two wheelchair marathons and driven the entire Karakorum highway solo.)

Skydive Dubai already told him 'no.' Are there any DZs and instructors who are already experienced with this and could offer him a shot?

Thanks for any tips you could give!

Allison


Lonnie  (C 2051)

Oct 28, 2012, 11:42 AM
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Contact John here:

http://www.extremechairing.org/

He is a quad and has done a few skydives already. He'll be able to help you out. No reason your friend can't jump


Premier wmw999  (D 6296)

Oct 28, 2012, 5:36 PM
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There are a decent number in the US that would at least evaluate him for a jump. I don't know about other countries closer to you.

Wendy P.


skydude2000  (B 5843)

Oct 29, 2012, 8:02 AM
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It would help if we knew where he is located. Our DZ in Southern Ontario had a quad student who did probably 50 tandems, and at least 2 or 3 of the TMs are experienced with quad tandems.


A-DZ  (B 35578)

Oct 29, 2012, 9:46 PM
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Thanks for all the info already! My friend is from Pakistan, so he probably wouldn't visit North America in the next few months, but if he knew of a DZ where he could possibly do this he could start planning and touching base with them, and finding time to do a trip. (One of his marathons was in NYC years ago.)

I'll pass on all this info to him! Thanks again, and keep it coming!

Cheers,

Allison


Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Oct 31, 2012, 8:20 AM
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Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida and Raeford Parachute Center in North Carolina both definitely do them.


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Nov 1, 2012, 6:56 AM
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In reply to:
Thanks for all the info already! My friend is from Pakistan, so he probably wouldn't visit North America in the next few months, but if he knew of a DZ where he could possibly do this he could start planning and touching base with them, and finding time to do a trip. (One of his marathons was in NYC years ago.)

I'll pass on all this info to him! Thanks again, and keep it coming!

Cheers,

Allison

Just have to understand that the USA is the most progressive country in the world as far as parachuting with disabilities. It's your best bet. Look at Russia... they won't allow deaf people to skydive. Unimpressed


baronn  (D 22387)

Dec 27, 2012, 8:15 AM
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Would be curious as to why you got refused at SD. I know they have plenty of capable instructors over there. Always an individual decision. Keep looking and I'm pretty sure you will find the right person to work with ya. I have taken blind paraplegics before and have to admire their faith. He came back for another.


baronn  (D 22387)

Mar 22, 2013, 4:57 PM
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I know quite a few really good instructors that work at SD. Curious why they said no? Plenty have done it including myself. Depending on where ya live, find a local DZ. Better to have a turbine for the big door. be sure the harness is tight and no assist from anyone without a LOT of practice. It can be done safely.



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