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quite different for Me...:)
I had just turned 19, and was in college

I went to a state college, so tuition AND room & board expenses had not YET gotten out of hand.....AND skydiving was pretty inexpensive...
I had been working summers and vacations since I was 16,, actually FOURteen.....so I had SOME disposable income..
( and we ALL know, that skydiving is a fine place to DISPOSE of it..) B|;)

At the time , all there was,,,,, was static line and my first SIX jumps, including gear, training, and lift tickets, cost me 96 dollars !!! :DB| no joke.. 50 bucks for # 1 then 10 dollars each for the next 4 SLs and SIX bucks for # 1 freefall.... it was 1972


Still active,,, and always have been... BUT todays economy might have easily discouraged me.... had I waited, and come up with the current training options, gear, curriculum, and related costs...
VERY glad of 2 things... That I started when I DID,, and that I can still enjoy our sport...:)

jmy
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I can count at least 5 who were in their late 40's early 50's when they started. One of them amassed >3,000 jumps in about 7 years and is an AFF/T/I still kickin it at close to 60.
Nobody has time to listen; because they're desperately chasing the need of being heard.

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I will be turning 33 in about 2 weeks. I did a tandem jump for the first time 2/15 and fell in love with the feeling of freefall so I signed up for AFF and did my first student jump 3/16.. I've completed through level 4 and plan on completing 5 and 6 this weekend <--- excited, yes!! I'm just curious about how many others have started this sport past the 30 mark. :)



Hi! My AFF was a birthday gift at a vigorating age of 36.

By the way, might i interest you in perhaps a date?

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My first jump was AFF and I was 19. The training was paid for by me, at the time a young apprentice. No rich parents paying my way or putting me in a tunnel... nt that I'm jealous or anything ;)

... but then I stopped jumping as I couldn't afford it anymore on a measly wage. Couldn't jump often enough to progress.

Now I'm earning more and after a break of 6-7 years the sky has been calling my name louder aand louder as every year has passed and so I'm coming back this year!

Renewed my membership, ordered a new container, booked 2 weeks off work and flights for a skydiving holiday later in the year.

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First tandem at 32, started AFF at 35. I just turned 36 and might do my AFF-7 grad jump this weekend if all goes well. Lots of folks at my DZ in their 20's with tons of jumps, lots of folks way older than me too. I think it might just be a matter of whenever the sport "calls you".

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First jump @ 50 years.
That was six years and 1200 jumps ago. Made 5 jumps last Sunday and hope to do at least twice that this weekend.

My wife started jumping at age 54. She now has 60 jumps.
The choices we make have consequences, for us & for others!

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I will be turning 33 in about 2 weeks. I did a tandem jump for the first time 2/15 and fell in love with the feeling of freefall so I signed up for AFF and did my first student jump 3/16.. I've completed through level 4 and plan on completing 5 and 6 this weekend <--- excited, yes!! I'm just curious about how many others have started this sport past the 30 mark. :)



I was 33. Sometimes I wish I'd started right at 18, or even 21. But then I look back at how I was, and I probably would have killed myself doing something dumb.
You stop breathing for a few minutes and everyone jumps to conclusions.

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I'm the same as Jimmytavino & Twardo -- started early, except I took some time (13 years) off in the middle. But it was cheaper when we started, and I earned a large proportion of my early jumps, either rigging or instructing.

Wendy P.
There is nothing more dangerous than breaking a basic safety rule and getting away with it. It removes fear of the consequences and builds false confidence. (tbrown)

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22yo when I did my first tandem. Always wanted to get into the sport, but never had enough cash until this year. Started my AFF about a month ago and finished last weekend. Now I'm at 14 jumps, hoping to have my 'A' license by June. (I'm 27 now.)

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53, 4 months shy of 54. Did a tandem with my wife. Started Static Line course the next weekend, got 7 jumps in before DZ closed for the winter. Heading back to DZ this weekend (beautiful spring weather) to get back in progression.

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