EChen22

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    Skydive Tampa
  • License
    B
  • License Number
    38165
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    276
  • Years in Sport
    4
  1. That still happens to me, 250+ jumps later. Long layovers make me anxious, and I feel those familiar inklings of fear all over again. Kinda what makes it so intense In all seriousness, reviewing your procedures and visualizing the safe and successful jump/landing over and over always seem to help me. Deep breaths in the plane, and nothing too crazy for the first jump back ... Usually just a simple two-way so I have someone to play with! Best of luck as you continue on! You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  2. I have two: 1) Dive-out exit, misjudged where the door ended and slammed my left shoulder into it so hard it flipped me over and I kicked the guy behind me in the face. (Did I mention the guy behind me was my boyfriend? Oops ...) Bruised arm, bruised ego, and a "WTF, babe?!" upon landing. 2) Awesome jump, great landing, normal walk back to hangar, jumping high five to celebrate ... broken thumb. You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  3. Who are students allowed to jump with after AFF, but prior to A license? Only someone coach-rated, or anyone with an instructor rating? Is that it? We have some new AFF graduates at our DZ and I'd love an opportunity to work with them, so I think I have to get the coach rating in order to be able to jump with them ... correct? I have no other instructional ratings. You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  4. Been a Tampa fan for more than 10 years. Great to see them in the finals, tough with all the injuries. The next few years look promising! Loved that Chicago's victory parade was delayed. By Lightning. Win. You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  5. "Have fun, be safe!" You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  6. Ugh, last night was BRUTUAL! The Bolts looked terrified to be there. Where was the team we saw Saturday? That now makes six straight periods shut out at the Joe ... Oh, and Stamkos? Time to step it up. You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  7. Would be interested to hear what exercises/stretches you do - always looking for new ones for both of those areas. (Would also potentially be interested in that Spectre if/when you get your new canopy - what size if it?) You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  8. Is this fixable? Have an Alti-2 Altimaster Galaxy (purchased used) and have put about 200 jumps on it with no issues. Noticed the other day, on the ground thankfully, that the needle is just wiggling around loose. Took it up in the plane to see what it would do, and nothing. Has this happened to anyone and is it repairable? If so, is it worth the cost or would it be easier to just get a new one? Thanks in advance! You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  9. I have to disagree, from personal experience. My advice would actually be the exact opposite. Had two nasty openings in a row. After the first one, I tucked my chin (as someone told me to) on the second opening and ended up with three herniated discs. Tucking it put me in a more head-down type position, which caused the backward whip to be even worse. Since recovering from the injury and talking with several people, I now make sure my head is as far back as I can put it while pulling and through opening. This won't affect the actual opening in any way (though it is nice to see your opening), but in case it's hard, my head is already as far back as it can go - no whiplash. Just my opinion and personal experience ... perhaps the science behind it is the same and I'm just stronger holding my head back rather than forward. Best of luck to the OP healing quickly! You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  10. This intrigues me ... tell me more! How do you even get started in something like this? I feel like getting into RW is tough bc it seems everyone who does it has been doing it forever - not a whole lot of room for beginners (we mess up a lot!) You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  11. I file ASAP since it takes me all of about 37 seconds and I always get a refund. No kids, no house, same job, don't make a lot = easiest taxes imaginable. Another upside - file early so no one can file a falsified return under your name. You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  12. My Tampa Boys are doing pleasantly well ... :-) Just had a solid defenseman (Gudas) sidelined with knee surgery, but if we can keep Bishop healthy and keep the mumps away, we look to be in good shape! *fingers crossed* You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  13. Nailing an exit is such an awesome feeling, especially as a newer jumper! I get so excited, and the smile is HUGE, lol. You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.
  14. I explain it to non-jumpers like throwing an apple core out of your car window and watching it arc first before falling. We, as jumpers, are the apple core. I got the stomach-drop feeling only once, on a peculiar tandem exit, but never again. To the OP, I'm surprised you're feeling that on every exit, but I wish you luck and hope you're able to overcome the fear. Roller coasters/drop towers would probably be the best way to simulate that feeling and try to get used to it, if that's what you're trying to do. Blue skies! You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly in formation.