Jan 7, 2002, 2:54 PM
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Swoop Meet at Z-hills!
ATTENTION fellow Swoopers!
There is a pond swoop money meet this weekend (11-13 January) at Z-hills. I just found out about it. Here are the particulars:
$150 entrance fee covers seven jumps (two practice rounds and five competition rounds)
$2000 (at least) in prize money
Seminars by Brian Germain, Rat, J.C. (among others)
The actual meet is Saturday and Sunday. No cutoff for registration apparently, so long as you can complete your rounds before sunday afternoon.
I am looking for someone from NC to split driving down there with me! Call me at (910) 273-6291 if you are SERIOUSLY interested. Doesn't look like I can leave Fayetteville until around 5pm on Friday, so it will be a straight haul down there. I have a place to stay and everything.
Can't let a swoop meet at Z-Hills go by without this little gem found on rec.skydiving.
Ever wonder how big a swoop pond should be?
In reply to:
The basic unit of measurement for the swoop pond is the TK.
One TK is the distance covered by a person who's about six feet tall and 230 pounds or so. The measurement is equivalent to one full rotation of the body in a cartwheeling fashion but is only considered accurate if the head strikes the ground during the first rotation and every rotation thereafter.
A typical swoop pond is 36 TKs long, .2 TKs wide and .05 TKs deep for what are considered normal swooping operations.
For "Go Big" swoops, the pond should be 55 TKs long, 55 TKs wide and at least 60 feet deep. It should also be equipped with a rubber dingy, scuba gear and an orthopedic surgery kit usable by the average untrained skydiver. For protection of spectators, the pond should be lined with sandbag revetments three feet high and six feet deep and an operator with an air horn should be on duty at all times to sound a warning of an impending "Go Big" swoop. The horn also serves to automatically activate acoustic-controlled video monitors.