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  1. Group Member DZ's sign a pledge that they say they will follow certain standards, but they are rarely (if ever) held to these standards from what I've witnessed. 100% truth here. It's our duty as a community to ensure we're all doing what we can with respect to this though, both as members and at our home dz's if they are group members. But you're right, obviously there is no policing here. But what does self policing get us? We try to follow standards that keep us out of trouble, especially with the FAA. And why is that good for all of us? Because one bad apple can ruin the fun for the rest. I am assuming this TI was at least manufacture rated and/or in the process of putting the paperwork in for a rating he just got. If not, then I think you'd be hard pressed to find a group member dz commonly doing business like this. Why? Because it's not up to standards/regulations and could not only get that dz in trouble, but could get the FAA now putting magnifying glass on the sport all together. So, while things like that aren't actively policed by a USPA rep or employee, I feel like they are actively policed by our community. .... at least I hope Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  2. While I think he could have worded it better, I don't think he was wrong. It's true that USPA dz's are held to certain standards and requirements. So you expect to get that at a USPA affiliated dz. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  3. ::cough:: and having a hot meteorologist wife ::cough:: Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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    First serious tunnel time

    Like others said, don't rush the belly and back flying. I did and later regretted it a lot and after 15-20 hours of tunnel time, had to go back and spend some time on my belly/back to help with some of the transitions and HD stuff. It really does give you a good base for what you need to build everything else off of and so many people rush through it, myself included! Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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    My first cutaway

    I actually did the same exact thing on my first chop. When I got back to the field I landed next to my husband and I said, "should I just pull this now or walk in and admit the shame that I didn't pull it and wasn't sure if I had to even though the RSL beat me with a clean reserve?" So, I suffered the shame since it was something I obviously needed to go over and relearn. In the end it all works out though. Good on ya! :) Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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    It's a love/hate thing

    Like others have said, a lot of times it's not personal. I spent a LONG ass time doing mostly solos when I was learning to freefly. I didn't want to be that guy to ask to get on a jump that was over my head and be a drag, so most of the time I didn't even ask. Every now and then somebody took me up out of the goodness of their heart, and that was great, but I wasn't expecting it and didn't think they were an asshole if they hadn't done it. I am not entitled to go up with these people. I knew I needed to put in the time and effort like they did to get to a point where not only could I be there and functionally freeflying with them to make it a really fun jump and not ruin it, but to also be there doing it SAFELY. So, what did I do? I put in the time. This took me years. Like, 5-8 years. I did lots of solos, put in a ton of tunnel time, did camps for my skill level and got some coach jumps. I'm at a place now where I am comfortable, and I jump at a dropzone where the culture is to pay it forward. I am not saying every dropzone is like this, but we have culture of jumping with the upcoming jumpers once we're in a place to do so. People did it for me when I first got out here 5 years ago, and now I do it for others without thinking twice about it. Now, does that mean I am going to go up on every single load with you? No, obviously I need to still be working on pushing my current skill set and having fun jumps with like freeflyers. But, that doesn't make me an asshole for the times I say I can't jump with you. Put the time and effort in and it will eventually come. Maybe not tomorrow, but eventually you will be there. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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    Silly skydiving injuries

    I am surprised no bull stories yet. It's always all fun and games until somebody gets hurt on the mechanical bull at the boogie party! Seen that one quite a few times! Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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    California Dropzone advise

    Skydive California is super close to you-- new DZ up in the Tracy area. Check them out. Would be really convenient to go get current there. Byron, Lodi, and Davis are all not much further. Byron is probably next closest. I pop back and forth between Byron, Davis, and Skydive Cal. I don't frequent Lodi because that is my choice as a licensed jumper, but as a licensed jumper you can formulate your own opinion based off of what you heard and how you feel after you visit. Different strokes for different folks there. Out of the bunch though, Davis is kind of where its at in terms of classic scene on the weekends: good lift capacity, good facilities, camping, bonfires, lots of fun jumpers, LO's, etc. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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    Collegiate Nationals

    I was about to ask the same questions as Jimmy-- is your son in college? If yes, then I agree with him that he should be able to compete with the rest of the collegiates. I too was a collegiate competitor. I started the skydiving club at my school, which was an enormous task. It took me about 1.5 years of jumping through hoops and red tape to finally allow the school to recognize us as a club. I got to compete in 2006, and like Jimmy, it was really a race to see who could be first behind any of the army or airforce collegians. So, it's tough to get a club going (for lots of reasons, including the insurance hassle and everything else), then it's tough to fund the club. College kids are poor. At today's collegiates, you are not going to even compare to the students from the army and air force academy's who get their gear, jumps, training, and wind tunnel time covered. Sometimes that can be a bummer to some of the other competitors knowing that you are just no match, but I looked at it as going out and having fun anyway. There are a lot of forces at play for the dwindling numbers at collegiates. Question is, how do you fix that? Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  21. I put my gear in a rolling bag-- suits, alti, etc, too. Don't carry it in the open for all the reasons everybody else already listed. You want to get through security unnoticed. I don't want to be bothered, so I'm not going to carry my rig through on my back like "LOOK AT ME!!!! WWWWEEEEE!!!!!" Roller bag and no issues here.... unless I am drinking in the airport bar and I'm the last one on the flight and forced to gate check it, but then I brought that on myself I guess Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  22. Jumpsuit and a helmet. Both used if you can swing it. Stalk the classifieds and the skydiving gear for sale fb group and see what you can scrounge up. I would do another 100 jumps before you get your gear. Find a canopy that you'll settle in to and get a rig that is sized for the gear you'll want to be on for a little while. I rented/borrowed until I got down off of my student 190's and knew I could get a container for a 150 and eventually go down to a 135 in it. Now I'm on the 135 for the long haul and know I'll get the most out of my custom gear purchase for a long time to come. If you want the rig now, I would go used on that too. Jump the crap out of it and if you want to downsize still, then resell that and look for your custom gear you'll be in for a long time to get the most out of what you'll spend for it. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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    Choosing the right drop Zone

    Dont have to be a USPA member to jump in USA, just need to have a skydiving license (and an insurance?) from a member nation of FAI... or something like that... I think this is mostly incorrect. Group member DZ's (which are most DZ's) require you to be a uspa member if I am not mistaken. Not sure if that is a hard rule that group DZ's have to follow, or if they choose to go that way with it. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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    How do you find your cut away canopy

    This has always been my thinking, especially being a jumper with lower jump numbers. When I had my one chop, I followed through. Glanced to see where my stuff was floating since I had plenty of altitude on the chop (opened a little higher on purpose since it was the first jump back 4 months after I torn my knee), and then immediately began focusing on getting safely back on the ground in a good spot. This isn't to say don't pay more attention to your gear if you're in a position to do so, but for me it's just almost a part of my EP's to not worry about it. In my mind it's the cost of doing business on a skydive knowing that if I chop, safely landing is my priority and I'll worry about the gear later. Be glad it all worked out, you saved your life, and worry about your shit later. If you find everything, great, and if not, then it's the cost of doing business doing what we do. Luckily for me a seasoned experienced jumper did pay attention to my gear for me and landed out with it.
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    Seat belts on jump planes

    'nuff said. If not for yourself, then do it for everybody else. Doesn't seem like a big deal on your average load with no incidence, but if you get the displeasure of being in an aircraft mishap, you'll be glad when you and your friends aren't being meat misseled into each other. Helmets too. Clip your belt and your helmet. Takes two seconds. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)