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mcezmac

Question about windtunnel/coaching.

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What do you people think? Would it be better to get an hour of windtunnel time or 15 or 30 minutes of tunnel time and some coach jumps? I only have so much money and I would like to get the most bang for my buck. Any thoughts? Thanks. Maybe this should be in safty and training. :S

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I for one would suggest a little of both. I have about 1.5 hours of tunnel time which I dispersed all throughout my AFF training and subsequent A license trials. It helped a lot. Now that I am no longer nerar a tunnel I find I am missing it and it is a lot harder to progress skills in a 60 second free fall jump.

So, do a 5-15 minute block then do a coach jump or two and see how much it helped you. Make sure the coach jump relates somehow, if possible, to the tunnel practice.

This is how my coach recommended I do it and I think I benefited from it. Now, if only the midwest had a tunnel.

Don't forget, it also saves you money in the long run.

Just my .02 worth.

David

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I just did some flights in a tunnel for the first time this past Monday. I did five, three minute coached flights with video. I feel it benifited me tremendously. When I jump this weekend I have a feeling I will perform much better then I have. Had I not gotten all the coaching, my time in the tunnel would have been much more difficult and not as much fun.
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Is there a tunnel near you? If not, do the tunnel time. You can do coach jumps in a bunch of places, but to do tunnel you need to be near a tunnel.
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Make sure you also have a decent coach in the tunnel too.

As for "bang for the buck" what are your goals?

Do you want to be a better flyer? then tunnel time is great - add it in when you can

Do you just want to skydive and geek your friends? then use the money for the airplane ride instead.

What makes you happier - "playtime only" or "playtime is only fun if I get better" - there's both types in the sport and also room for both.

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I say 100% tunnel time, with a coach. (Note, the coach can be a tunnel employee, but not the employee who is "spotting" the entire group. You need a guy who can sit down next to you after you are done with a 2 minute cycle and tell you what is wrong and what you are going to do next. 4 people sharing an hour can use 2 coaches successfully to save $$$)

I have had coaching in the sky and tunnel from some real good coaches (Perris Performance Plus and Airspeed worked wonders with my skill set) - and unless you are doing a 4way week long camp (24 skydives and 3 hours of shared tunnel time), I say just do the tunnel time...


I have coached 45 people in the tunnel, and about the same amount in the sky - and I understand why a world champion skydiver told me, "If it was not for the tunnel, I would have quit skydiving instruction. I was honestly burned out because the progress was so slow and expensive for students - and then the tunnel came to our DZ, and I have a whole new outlook."

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