Aug 6, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Moving to Europe
I'm a newly licensed skydiver and am getting moved to Germany this November for 3 years with my job. Anyone with experience jumping there have any tips? Any major differences from the US besides the price hike? I currently jump at fly free skydiving near St Louis, a 182 drop zone, but have jumped at midsize drop zones as well.
Also I'd been planning on holding off getting gear until I downsize, anybody have any advice for that aspect of Europe? Is it harder to find rigs ect.? Thanks!
I have only jumped in Italy, and i love it. I haven't jumped in Germany, but i too will be moving there in October. I have been to Germany several times and it's a beautiful place. I can't wait to jump there.
Gear, in Europe, is generally more expensive. Also, there isn't as much used gear going around it seems, so it may be harder to find.
I didn't have much problems finding second-hand gear at a very reasonable price here, so I don't think it's generally harder. Just know where to look.
The Netherlands also has a mandatory maximum wingload, which is actually quite a hefty table (e.g. only at 1000+ jumps, with 100+ last 12 months, are you allowed to jump whatever you want, at whatever wingload you want)