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ahhh...yesss...the old "wind" thing...when you can snatch the pebble from my hand...no, that's not the one, it's...oh well, nevermind. If you spent time at the dropzone during a wind hold, it is time well spent in learning something that will help you be a better skydiver...patience grasshopper...

Jon

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Like I said...it's time well spent...most of the learning will come to you while you're on the ground. Experience comes from the jumps...suck everything you can from around you while you are in a position to learn, ie, on the ground. Take that knowledge with you in the air. Yes...the wind sucks...or blows...

Jon

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wind holds are just part of the fun. so is actually being in the Otter and having it not able to get it's seconnd engine to crank and not enough juice in the golf cart to jump start it. thus cancelling the load. this happened on my level 13. just had to suck it up and come back the next day.
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i spent 4 days at the DZ, but only did 3 jumps as it was too windy for most of the weekend for me to jump.. so i hear you! We shut down most of saturday due to wind, otherwise it was only experienced jumpers going up. My first jump, i had little forward movement on final, and wasnt quick enough to organise the canopy, it picked up and dragged me a little.. :S. i stayed on the ground after that :D. Ive been told im conservative, but i dont jump when im unsure. When im more comfy in my own gear, then i can start pushing my limits.

I agree, there is much to be learned sitting on the ground, ive spent alot of time on wind hold (both being told as a student i was on hold and now calling it by looking at conditions and chatting to Instructors) and have picked up lots of little things.

Things to do on the ground during wind hold: chat to the instructors that arent busy, observe ground wind direction and speed, ask for wind speed and directions at height, observe the the run in, if you can see jumpers in freefall observe drift, check out landing directions, watch peoples approaches/flares in constant wind and gusts, (watch hairy landings or people being dragged - yikes!). Discuss the above with an Instructor. Watch packing, (learn packing?) watch dirt diving (its like a dance!) and of course socialise and get to know people. Endless fun!

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I know how you feel my friend. During my AFF I had to go through the same.

Was working like crazy for two weeks to get the money for the levels, woke up at 5:30 to drive to the DZ and be there early for the first load but the wind played an ugly game to me for the rest of the day.
At some point I was talking to my instructor and said that I wouldn't mind jumping into high winds, being stupid at the time. She proceeded to say that when she was my age she acted the same way and then showed me the huge scar on her leg from a jump in a windy day. She broke it in multiple spots and was out of the sport for a long time.
I waited for 8 hours until the school was closed hoping the winds will calm. I finished a book that day and talked with many people.

By the way this past weekend we had no jumps where I jump beacuse of the winds.

That shows that our sport needs patience. Sometimes lots of it. Maybe try to praise the ancient Greek god of wind, Aeolos. You never know...

Good luck with getting your A

Blue Skies without winds!!!

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Shit for the last 2 months its either been too windy or too overcast. Out of all the trips I've made to the dropzone I would say 50% of the time the weather was cooperative. That's Houston for ya... :/
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I've had this question on my mind for a while now, since the dropzones here aren't open during the winter and all I can do is think about skydiving instead of actually do it... How much wind is too much for a student (generally speaking, of course) to jump? How much wind is too much for the experienced guys to jump? I can't start my SL course until we get a weekend here above 40 degrees, and I'd be really bummed if we got grounded due to wind... So how much is too much? Then maybe I could anticipate the weather a little bit with the forecast.

Thanks,
Ryan

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Oh man. It is pretty cold here in Texas. I know, I know. You can call me a wimp, but we dont like the cold here in Texas, nor are we used to it. Anyway, after I made my jumps I couldnt feel my fingers at all. I could barely take my rig off. It is worth every bit of it though. A small price to pay.

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After a whole lot of years being screwed over by weather, in one way or another, I've finally learned to quit fighting it. When it's bad, you just do something else. I know, that's easier said than done. ;)

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14 mph for students - unlimited for d lic holders - i have intentionally jumped 42 knot winds on a 4 way and got caught in a 60 mph wind gust on a tandem both of which i will not repeat - i have learned it is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground

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I've never been a very patient person but I've learned more patience since I started skydiving than I ever learned in my whole life. The other thing I've learned is life is very short so enjoy all of it. Lastchance, nobody gets out alive.


I may be getting old but I got to see all the cool bands.

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If the weather is bad I use to say to myself "Oh, at least I'm saving my money!" A whole jumping day spent on the ground leaves you some free cash, doesn't it? B|

Though in such cases I'm still displeased with spending so much time and petrol on travelling to the dropzone! Yeah, you can use the time for practicing packing and other ground training, but still spending one of your so rare days-off on it is annoying!

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I would have to say I am rather spoiled. My father has paid for my course and I am a stay-at-home mom so I do have the option to go whenever I want if someone is there. My travel time is about 45 minutes. So my only complaint is me being impatient! I just want to jump but want to do it safely. So off to the dropzone we go again this weekend! Hopefully I am able to brave the cold!:)

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