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outrageousphoto

"Ballistic Meatball" with a few q's

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Hey all,

Thanks to a friend of mine I have this unfullfilled wish to learn skydiving. Well, herein lies a slight problem. I'm a bit of a heavy set guy (read: fatass). Currently I am at 282 lbs.

I have started trying to lose weight, but it's not exactly flying off.

Currently I live in Holland, but September 2006 I'll be in the US for about a month due to holidays, wedding and photosnapping all around. So I have a year and a half to lose 45 lbs and to save up for the trip and if all goes well, the course.

What are my options? Should I stay on the ground and shoot landing pix the rest of my life, or is there a chance I can be stepping out of an airplane any time soon. My goal would be losing about 20kg (about 45lbs), but will that be enough? I am not looking into doing a tandem jump first to see "if I like it" but I'm looking into actually learning and getting my papers.

Any help would be great!

Ron
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www.outrageousphotography.nl

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If you get down to 245lbs then you should be good to go for AFF at most DZs. Perris states max 245lb. If you're still over it can be done; there's quite a few folk on here that have, but it'll take some shopping for DZs. Also I beleive one really big guy had to buy his own gear before AFF1. But where theres a will, there's usually a way.
I'm sure the bigger folk will be jumping in here with their experiences soon....

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You may want to look at a few thread..

Aubrey has dealt with a lot in getting in the air.. and he is a hell of a lot of fun to jump with. I have done a kick ass 5 way with him and 4 of the Flying Elvi.. at Chicks Rock Boogie... Got video too.

http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=775415#775415

Anvils Unite thread
http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=1243327#1243327

Anvils of the World UNITE
http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=1237124#1237124

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IF you are serious, you need to check out Gold Coast Skydivers in Moss Point, Mississippi...it would take serious work to get through AFF in a weekend or two, but the weather is nice for jumping pretty much year round, and I know there have been some "bigger" people put through AFF. Give Mike and Leann a call and see if they can accomodate you.
http://www.goldcoastskydivers.com

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