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davyvfr  (No License)

May 13, 2013, 5:57 PM
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What age is "too old" for skydiving? In other words, is 30 or 40 years old to late to begin an AFF course?


diablopilot  (D License)

May 13, 2013, 5:58 PM
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davyvfr wrote:
What age is "too old" for skydiving? In other words, is 30 or 40 years old to late to begin an AFF course?


Nope, I prefer teaching "seasoned" people over 20 year olds. A 30 or 40 year old has a sense of "risk".


TracyS  (C 41941)

May 13, 2013, 6:02 PM
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Not at all. I started AFF at 49 years old as a present for my 50th birthday from my wife.

I'm loving it.


davyvfr  (No License)

May 13, 2013, 6:20 PM
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I think physical condition is way more important than age.


Premier DSE  (D 29060)

May 13, 2013, 6:31 PM
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Never too old...This man has been around for a while, but didn't start til he was in his late 60's.
He's also in pretty good shape.
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jumpinjackflsh  (B 27757)

May 13, 2013, 6:39 PM
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I'm 48...

Just got back into the sport in Oct of 2012. 116 Jumps.

Definitely do not feel too old at all!

As DSE stated, never too old! Amazing sport. Lew Sanborn was out at our DZ a few weeks ago. He's the first licensed skydiver in the game. Still jumping at 84+ (don't quote me, could be older, lol).


wolfriverjoe  (A 50013)

May 13, 2013, 6:51 PM
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davyvfr wrote:
What age is "too old" for skydiving? In other words, is 30 or 40 years old to late to begin an AFF course?

No. Lots of folks started in their 50s or even later.
Professor Kallend and GrannyInTheSky are the two who first come to mind. There are a lot of others.


NewGuy2005  (A 50256)

May 13, 2013, 7:18 PM
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I was 47 and I picked it up pretty quick.


mistercwood  (Student)

May 13, 2013, 8:19 PM
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This thread should be useful to you. Turns out starting in your 30s generally puts you at the younger end of the beginners pool... Tongue


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

May 14, 2013, 5:45 AM
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DSE wrote:
Never too old...This man has been around for a while, but didn't start til he was in his late 60's.
He's also in pretty good shape.

Tell him to point those toes.
LaughLaugh


GLIDEANGLE  (D 30292)

May 14, 2013, 6:27 AM
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I started to celebrate my 50th birthday. 1200 jumps later I am still having fun.

My wife started at age 54. She has made >70 jumps so far.

As an AFF instructor, I see all ages of students. Physical, mental, & emotional condition matter, age does not.


jdkalou  (A 68175)

May 14, 2013, 8:44 AM
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It better not be to old!!!!!!! I just started (15 jumps now in an IAD course) and I'm 54. I think its a lot more about attitude, willingness to learn, and physical condition than what your age is.


drdive  (D 29619)

May 14, 2013, 9:09 AM
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30 or 40 too old to start!!! Not at all.

I did my first jump (tandem) at age 51, and immediately signed up for lessons. This weekend will be my 9th jump birthday, and I have 1283 jumps now.


Premier Remster  (C License)

May 14, 2013, 11:54 AM
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drdive wrote:
30 or 40 too old to start!!! Not at all.

I did my first jump (tandem) at age 51, and immediately signed up for lessons. This weekend will be my 9th jump birthday, and I have 1283 jumps now.

Wow... You're even older than I thought! Wink


SecondRound  (A License)

May 14, 2013, 4:29 PM
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davyvfr wrote:
What age is "too old" for skydiving? In other words, is 30 or 40 years old to late to begin an AFF course?

I hope not. I am just restarting my static line and free fall progression at age 60 with my last previous static line in 1977


fencebuster  (D 29918)

May 14, 2013, 5:00 PM
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I was almost 51 when I made my first tandem jump. I did 3 tandems to make sure I really liked it, and then started AFF. My first jump was in July 2007. Do a tandem or two and see if it is something that you really would like to do and if it is . . . GO FOR IT!


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

May 15, 2013, 8:34 PM
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Yep! I was 57 when I started and have almost 6 years in the sport now. I have over 1000 skydives and have been on a couple of state record jumps! If you are reasonably fit, go for it. Cool


HomeyTheClown  (C License)

May 15, 2013, 8:46 PM
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DSE wrote:
Never too old...This man has been around for a while, but didn't start til he was in his late 60's.
He's also in pretty good shape.

Jim is the man


GooniesKid

May 16, 2013, 9:58 AM
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The majority of skydivers are either:
Mid-30's - Late 40's : these are the one's that have a career (not a job) and can afford to skydive without having to sacrifice rent, food, car, school payment, or whatever other life things they need to pay.

Retired People : these are the one's that stuck with the sport back when having a neon green and pink main was cool. However, these dinosaurs have a wealth of information and experience and are willing to jump with anyone.


airtwardo  (D License)

May 16, 2013, 11:16 AM
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GooniesKid wrote:
The majority of skydivers are either:
Mid-30's - Late 40's : these are the one's that have a career (not a job) and can afford to skydive without having to sacrifice rent, food, car, school payment, or whatever other life things they need to pay.

Retired People : these are the one's that stuck with the sport back when having a neon green and pink main was cool. However, these dinosaurs have a wealth of information and experience and are willing to jump with anyone.


Umm...your timeline is a bit off. Wink

I started out when 1/2 the canopies on the load were ROUND - neon didn't come out till quite some time later, followed by the creation of the 'SAPS' organization.

I may be old...but I'm far from work-force retirement! Laugh


Back then, being a member of 'POPS' was a considerable statement of status within the sport.

It meant for the most part - that skydiver had started jumping in or around the late 50's & had 20 years in the game. You didn't see a whole lotta guys with a POPS patch walking without a limp! Sly

You certainly didn't see as many over 40's just starting out as you do now...that says much about both the perception and equipment these daze. Cool


I'm a card carrying member of both POPS & SAPS...the first is more of an identifier of age, the second a clue as to 'time in the sport'. Neither holds the 'status' that they once did...and maybe that's a GOOD thing!


chuteless  (D 41)

May 16, 2013, 12:06 PM
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Too old for a thrill like you can't get anywhere else?

Be a gravity flyer...and you won't say too old anymore. Npw being busted up so many times, I am too old to continue, but Ive touched all the bases and hit a few home runs, so I am not complaining.


GooniesKid

May 16, 2013, 12:14 PM
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airtwardo wrote:
GooniesKid wrote:
The majority of skydivers are either:
Mid-30's - Late 40's : these are the one's that have a career (not a job) and can afford to skydive without having to sacrifice rent, food, car, school payment, or whatever other life things they need to pay.

Retired People : these are the one's that stuck with the sport back when having a neon green and pink main was cool. However, these dinosaurs have a wealth of information and experience and are willing to jump with anyone.


Umm...your timeline is a bit off. Wink

I started out when 1/2 the canopies on the load were ROUND - neon didn't come out till quite some time later, followed by the creation of the 'SAPS' organization.

I may be old...but I'm far from work-force retirement! Laugh


Back then, being a member of 'POPS' was a considerable statement of status within the sport.

It meant for the most part - that skydiver had started jumping in or around the late 50's & had 20 years in the game. You didn't see a whole lotta guys with a POPS patch walking without a limp! Sly

You certainly didn't see as many over 40's just starting out as you do now...that says much about both the perception and equipment these daze. Cool


I'm a card carrying member of both POPS & SAPS...the first is more of an identifier of age, the second a clue as to 'time in the sport'. Neither holds the 'status' that they once did...and maybe that's a GOOD thing!

see airtwardo, that's why i like you! Cool


GooniesKid

May 16, 2013, 12:16 PM
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chuteless wrote:
but Ive touched all the bases and hit a few home runs, so I am not complaining.

Are you saying you've hooked up with a few prospects at the DZ in your days of jumping? Wink


chuteless  (D 41)

May 16, 2013, 12:52 PM
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a few prospects ....( for what ).

I suppose Ive hooked up with such a variety of prospects over the last 50 years.........prospects for just about anything.


GooniesKid

May 16, 2013, 12:57 PM
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chuteless wrote:
a few prospects ....( for what ).

I suppose Ive hooked up with such a variety of prospects over the last 50 years.........prospects for just about anything.

You know, prospects..as in the ladies Wink

I call all my potential ladies "prospects"...if ya know what i mean Sly


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