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CountZero23

Jumping with others before FS1

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My first post on here so hi to all the members :)
Three jumps into my consoles and planning on getting my A-License next month.

I was wondering who your allowed to jump with before the FS1 qualifiation ?

Some sources I've found online say you need FS1 to jump with more than one other person.

Does this mean I can jump with any licensed jumped as long as there are just the two of us or is the other jumper required to be an AFF rated instructor?

Cheers

Steve
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

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While you are still a student, they have to be an AFFI - although during your consoles they encourage you to jump solo, just to get used to the whole skydiving thing in a simple way.

After that, before you have FS1, they have to either be a rated FS coach, or a (C-licensed? memory is hazy) jumper approved by your CCI who is jumping with you specifically to coach you.

Whereabouts are you based?
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Thanks for the info Joellercoaster.

I'm based in Headcorn.

How much do people usually spend on FS1 jumps? Know a few advanced FS guys at my DZ who I imagine are FS intructor rated / C license +.

Do you generally just pay for their jump ticket + beer for instruction or do you need to pay ful whack for an instructor like on the AFF 4 to 7?

Ta
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It depends on who they are.

Some coaches coach for a living and charge a fee (and those are sometimes worth it)... the vast majority that I know of though will do it for their slot, and the beer is a bonus B|

Traditions vary on the etiquette for the "graduation" jump that requires three other jumpers - some people will pay their own slot, others don't, and nobody is wrong there.

(For an example: If you are my student, then I will pay my own slot on the graduation dive, as a sign that I have confidence in you and the instruction I have given you. I have never yet been wrong. But if I've never seen you before and someone has said "take this guy up, he just needs the graduation jump, can you sort it out?" then you're definitely paying my slot - I've had enough of those go wrong now that I take someone else's assessment of the student's ability with a grain of salt.)

One thing I would say is, get in the tunnel with a coach. It's cheaper than skydiving and allows you to learn the technical bits in a more relaxed way. Then get on the plane and rip through your FS1 hassle-free!
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"I'll tell you how all skydivers are judged, . They are judged by the laws of physics." - kkeenan

"You jump out, pull the string and either live or die. What's there to be good at?

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This is good to know, trying to keep costs doon so I can jump as much as possible but obviously though want to stay as safe as I can at the same time.

I've got a much better idea of the kind of costs I should plan for now!

Great advice on the tunnel, I've done one session at Airkix in Basingstoke with Simon Hughes who was outstanding. Next time I'll do 20 mins rather than the 10. Had to stop just as I felt like I was 'getting it'.

Put a decent wedge away for completing my A License next month (weather permitting), now I've just got to work out what I'll spend on tunnel vs jumps!
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I would suggest timing your tunnel time to coincide with a couple of days spent down the DZ. Tunnel with your coaches, and then jumps with the same coach/coaches in the following couple of days will make a massive difference to getting your FS1 quickly!

If you just go down the DZ to do the odd jump, you'll find yourself with a different coach every time and you'll find progress slow.

Oh and as soon as you get FS1 it opens up your skydiving world...so much fun :)

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