Dec 29, 2003, 7:25 PM
Post #1 of 46
Hello Hello Hello
Just wanted to say hello everyone I've not made my first jump but will hopefully get to jump on the 11 th if the weathers nice. One quick question do you have to do a tandom before your first AFF jump?
I just started with AFF and never did a Tandem. . .I am doing just fine on my AFF progression, but that is not the case for everyone. . .that first moment out the door can be pretty scary the first time and is like NOTHING you have ever experienced. . .
Doing a tandem progression will save you about $100 or more at some dropzones. . .call around, visit local dropzones and sign up at the one that "feels" the best to you. . .they all have a different vibe so it is best to go where you feel the most comfortable when you are making your first jump. . .
I appreciate all the replys, seems like theres a 50/50 or sp split about doing a tandom first. As far as my DZ goes its already been chosen. Mainly because one of my good friends is an instructor there and my other good friend just got his AFF there. I guess i'll just talk to my guy and see what he thinks would be best for me. If were to decide to forgo the tandom how forgiving are the student canapys? it seems like most of the serious injuries and fatalities i've beem reading about happen during landing.
I did a tandem first, and would HIGHLY recommend it. Freefall is such an alien environment that its sensory overload at first. I don't think I'd have passed my AFF 1 if I hadn't done a tandem and at least been prepared for the way freefall felt.
I wanted to do a tandem first but when instructors looked at me they ran in fear, with a big NNOOOO. Just kidding, i ididnt have the opportunity to do a tandem because of my size and just barely got someone to put me thru AFF. It is hilarious when manifest calls on a TM to come meet me for my tandem though....every DZ seems like they have a TM they like to screw with. I would definately recommend a tandem for your first dive though..freefall is...well...SENSORY OVERLOAD. No other way to explain it, but you'll understand that soon enough.
My first, and only jump so far was tandem. I can't think of a better intro. I also haven't been able to think about anything else since. Starting AFF in a couple of weeks, weather permitting. Just wanted to say hello...
skymama (D 26699)
Dec 30, 2003, 3:30 PM
Post #13 of 46
Hello and welcome! I am so excited for you, and look forward to hearing about your first jump. I have jumped twice, tandem, and plan to do my AFF next. As a beginner, I prefer to be totally comfortable with the freefall experience first. Even with two tandem jumps, there were so many different factors involved, that I realize that every experience is different. Weather, aircraft, type of exit, that has all made such a difference to me with my two jumps. Freefall is -as you have heard already- something else!!! You never really know what to expect. So for that reason, I too would recommend the tandem first, at least once. Enjoy it!! Lisa
edit - btw, you suck at both skydiving and drag racing.
HAH! heh your lucky I sold my car and moved to Florida or I would have had to make a little trip to Dallas and given you a drag racing lesson: And I haven't made my first jump yet so theres a 50/50 chance of sucking.:)
Thanks for the warm welcome lisa and everyone else!!
I hung out with my friend/soon to be instructor last night and we deicded it'd be best for me to do the tandem first so thats the route I'm going to take. Now I just have to wait until saturday this is going to tbe the longest week ever.
Well I have officialy lost my mind, WOW sensory overload is a huge understatment. This is an totally insane sport and I now know how someone just falls in love with it. Allthough a lot of the free fall is blurry at best I can't wait to get back up. I haven't signed up for AFF yet but i know myself well enough to know I probably will by next weekend. Thanks to everyone out at Pahokee especially Dave VH.
Welp spent alllllllllllllll day at Pahokee , but due to a late start and the instructor being busy I still have 2 hours or so left for AFF 1. So it looks like if all goes well I'll be doing my first AFF jump next saturday during the boogie. It was nice getting to meet some people and hang out, but this is going to be a long week.. si
(This post was edited by Ncrowe on Jan 18, 2004, 10:27 PM)