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  1. sammielu

    Safire 1 Identification

    Paraconcepts is where I get my Safire linsets. Proud owner of 3 at the moment. Is there a serial number inside one of the cells?
  2. IMO, bare minimum is at least 1 day/month, plus mental review and practice - and even at that level your skill is going backwards not forwards (you and your body will forget things). That's the 50 jumps/year minimum. I'd say 100 jumps/year to maintain, at least 200 to improve. At LEAST. And mental practice is a must at any level (both for skill building and for unexpected/what if/emergency training).
  3. sammielu

    Tips for packing a new canopy?

    1. Consider the price if the first 10 packjobs (they're $10 packjobs IMO, even for a packer, new shit sucks to pack) part of the price of a new canopy. 2. Ideally, pay for the first 25 packjobs to save your personal sanity. 3. Constantly changing the way you pack with all these different methods and tweaks and tricks is making it harder on yourself. The only way to learn to pack is through repitition. Pick one method and practice. After 25 times doing the same thing, it get easier. At 100 times it starts to feel comfortable or automatic. At 600 you don't think about it anymore. New to packing = a challenge. New canopy = a challenge So it's doubly challenging already. Now if you did the common thing where you chose a container "that you can keep for future downsizes" and you're cramming the biggest possible canopy into it, that's 2x more a challenge. If you made this hard on yourself, it's absolutely worth a couple hundred $ in paying for packers to make your jump days more fun. It just might keep you in the sport (vs the new folks who get all excited, buy all new everything, hate spending 45 minutes of effort packing for 60second skydives, and jump less and less and then quit). PS. Do you jump somewhere dusty or have a dirt road/patch? Drop your canopy in the dirt a couple times to help it be less slippery faster. Personally, I have a deep deep love for canopies with 1000 jumps on them. I'd rather pay to put a line set on a $500 canopy that I can pack myself than pay 3x that for anything slippery :)
  4. sammielu

    16 year old skydiving

    It's all about liability. Dzs have jumpers fill out a waiver that waives their right to sue (in case of injury, etc). No one can sign away the right for anyone else to sue - only for oneself. A parent can not give up the right for a child to sue, so even their signature doesn't help, and a minors signature doesn't count until they are 18. No waiver, no jumpy.
  5. sammielu

    is it safe to downsize from 230 to 190 ???

    All good advice on here. Get your main inspected by a rigger before you jump it. The only F111 old PD canopies around here are considered garbage (We use them for intentional cutaways) - so I recommend you be cautious with yours. F111 wears with age, not just use (jump numbers). Separate from that is the downsizing question. If you have to ask because you don't know, the safe answer is always no in skydiving. Search on here for downsizing checklists, there are lots of skills to master and ways to add speed before you need to downsize. Personally, I bought my next canopy (10sf smaller) 2 seasons and 1000 jumps ago and still have not hooked it up - because I have no reason to do so. Any canopy can be flown fast and any canopy can swoop with the right skill, so why do yuou need less life saving material above your head at thus point?
  6. sammielu

    Tandem suit

    Our TI staff suits are Vertical, model name Inverted and theyre holding up well, and Vertical has good customer service for adjustments, fixes, etc. We opted for after market hook knife add on (via our riggers) so they are mounted according to each instructor preference for location, type of knife, size, and if it attaches with a snap or not, etc. I am apparently the biggest klutz when dropping my rig so not having a snap on my thigh for the leg strap to get hung up on 17x a day is a plus.
  7. sammielu

    How much is it worth??

    Split the reserve. You'll be hard pressed to find someone who wants a 23 year old reserve and pay for a 5 year old container. Reserve value might be a few hundred $ to the right buyer. That said, I did just purchase a 95 PDR and am very happy with it, especially because it was a great deal and easily passed inspections. What size container is it and what size person it it built for? Rigs for averge human size with beginner canopy sizes sell faster.
  8. sammielu

    Strong Release System Failure.

    Gear checks!!! Handle each part of your gear, with bare hands to feel small signs of wear. After practice, a thorough gear check takes less than a minute even if you have to give something a second look/wiggle. Thanks for the post and picture! Flex pin plastic coating wears faster in the cold and with abuse (i.e. new or inefficient packers who struggle to pack efficiently to make closing the container easier, thereby putting all their physical effort into monkeying with the flex pin).
  9. sammielu

    Second rig, new or used?

    Why do you want to downsize this time and would that apply in the future? High performance landings can be performed at any wingloading on any canopy, it absolutely and only depends on the skill of the pilot.
  10. sammielu

    When to Cut Away?

    Skydiving is really complicated and confusing to learn all at once. For newcomers to the sport, instructors break it down into manageable pieces of information that you add on through training jumps, then later licensed jumps, and build knowledge from there. Problems can happen and be resolved in less than a second so there is no time for confusion. The same applies to people new to looking for skydiving information on the Internet - trying to take it all in at once leads to confusion. The correct answer for licensed jumpers is: it depends (on the jumper, the gear, the malfunction, and the specific scenario). The correct answer to you is: listen to your instructors. If you don't yet have instructors because you haven't done any jump training, then start training (go to a first jump course).
  11. Freefall skydives last 60 seconds max. With wind noise, etc, I don't know of people having luck using Bluetooth for freefall (plus 60 seconds isn't much time to process what someone is saying and change what you are doing). Under canopy it's quiet and there's much more time for coaching and communication. I haven't used your model in particular (I use Sena radios that we got for free as hand-me downs from sponsored teams) - but using Bluetooth radios is very common there (among canopy pilots, Canopy Relative Work jumpers and competition teams).
  12. It'll be interesting to see if you get responses from people with experience with both rigs. It is really rare for jumpers to buy 2 new rigs from different manufacturers, especially at that canopy size. Usually people get something used, eventually might get something new, and sometimes if they work in the sport order 2-3 duplicate new rigs (so switching back and forth feels and functions the same). You're likely to hear that one is "the best" because it's the only one that someone has ever jumped... and no further information. Those are both great manufacturers, the top 2 in my opinion and my riggers opinion. Also both are sexy rigs, so you've got all your bases covered.
  13. sammielu

    Old Raven 1 Reserve

    Ask your rigger. Some will decline to deal with reserves older than 20 years. Personally, it's quite a gamble to buy from another country and risk getting gear that is not serviceable that you may or may not be able to use (after inspection and dealing with customs).
  14. Your instinct to have a rigger look at you in your rig is correct. Canopies do take up room in containers, so it will fit a bit tighter. Anything specific would be a guess. If you got measured for a rig (by a rigger or dealer - someone with experience doing rig measurements), how do your measurements match the manufacturer measurements?
  15. sammielu

    Balloon Jumps @Eloy

    Not yet. You can call the dz to ask, they can't schedule a jump but they will know once it starts back up again.
  16. Rig size can be a bit of a pissing contest. Sounds like you're on the right track looking at the whole picture, not just the trendy tiny container.
  17. Don't jump if it doesn't make you happy. That said, you're at the plateau between being excited to jump anytime, with anyone, and finding the part/s of the sport that fires you up. What I love about jumping is that there are so many disciplines and there is a bunch of practice (read: an excuse to skydive) to get there, and a huge sense of accomplishment once you finally meet your goals. I love love love jumping with s group and making improvement from one jump to the next (doesn't happen all the time, but after an ok jump it's fun to turn yo your jump mates and say "try again?" And go for the same jump and see if there's progress. So that's me. What sounds fun to you? Here are a few ideas: FS Competing at Nationals FF Artistic FF MFS CRW Wingsuit in Canopy skills (i.e. start taking courses now!) Head down Video flying Angle flying Instructing students Tandem jumps Video for competition teams (free jumps!!!!!) Having your name on a state, national, or world record Making the next viral skydive video for playing quiddich/swordfighting/eating pizza Traveling and meeting new people Traveling to jump in ____ location (Hawaii, over a mountain, in alaska, in the desert, in the top 5 prettiest dz's in the world, etc) Traveling to jump out of a skyvan/DC3/balloon/helicopter, etc Traveling with your local jumpers (makes for fast friendships) Doing THAT (your choice of skydive picture/video) Any of that sound good? Don't worry about currency. Review what the USPA says to review before coming back, go to safety day to help refresh, and do some physical practice with a coach or instructor before your first jump back. It's no big deal, just learn how to be safe again and realize that you might have forgotten important stuff so you should review all the stuff.
  18. sammielu

    USPA Membership

    Can I have a 3rd option: I would not renew if I could still jump & work at my home dz and take the boogie trips I take in winter.
  19. sammielu

    Small Aff Jumper - Right Canopy?

    Sounds normal for dz student gear. Ask your instructors for specific feedback, if there are other options (maybe a 200 or 190) that will fit your body, skydive-parachute skill, and are avaluable at the right times, maybe that's an option for you. In my experience, it makes more sense for dz's to invest in bigger student gear than smaller, as "staying up" and landing slow is generally safer for beginners (so a handful of medium sized gear and a couple for bigger folks and a couple for smaller folks will cover it).
  20. sammielu

    Full Face 2016

    I went G3 because there were enough sizes among other jumpers at my DZ that I could try them on and figure out what would work before I spent $400 for an online purchase. It was the only helmet I found that my head (especially my mouth after I got braces) and has an (aftermarket) cutaway available. I got a full face (very used and cheap Mamba) when I started tunnel flying and spit on my own face. I had to replace the Mamba when I got braces.
  21. sammielu

    Fitting into a used gear

    Ask the manufacturer. Manufacturers each have different methods of measurement and you can look them up on their websites. A quick email or phone call and they can look up the rig measurements by serial number, compare it to your own (just make sure you have someone measure you who knows how to do so, follow that manufacturer's method, and measure everything 3x to throw out anomalies). I personally would trust the manufacturers specs over a sellers list of measurements, but that's just me. Based on your measurement list, everything looks pretty close... as long as you both were properly measured and use the same type of torso measurement.
  22. Talk to your doctor. Ask if it would be ok for you to jump from 3-4 feet and land on your butt with your feet straight out and all your weight on your tailbone/spine. Instructors do our absolute best to land sofly and keep passengers comfortable through all parts of the skydive. Some instructors and landing circumstances are better than others and there's no way for you to know in advance. There is no guarantee or insurance in skydiving, it is not "safe", it is not for everyone. When you check in to skydive you'll sign a very long waiver that explains all thus in legalese - the choice to skydive is yours and you are the only one responsible for how it goes, whether you are uncomfortable, injured, or not. Instructors and business are not responsible (legally) for keeping you safe, you make the choice before you skydive. It sounds harsh, I know, but we're dealing with real risk for real bodies here, accept it or dont do it. You might be fine, you might hurt yourself a lot, no one on the Internet can honestly tell you otherwise.
  23. sammielu

    Gear suggestion

    Infinity, Javelin, or Vector.
  24. sammielu

    Downsizing Canopy Advice

    You're saying contradictory things here. If your landings are inconsistent, going faster across the ground (via downsize) won't help. Penetration into the wind will change some with a smaller canopy, but that problem is better addressed with spotting skills, wind awareness, and knowing how to get back from long spots (basic canopy skills). Talk to some instructors about improving your landings before you increase speed with a downsize. What's the problem you experience: Accuracy? Standing up or not? Downsizing doesent address either of those.
  25. sammielu

    Do AFF all over again?

    Physical currency is extremely important in this sport. There is a definite reduction in flying skills and information retention in students who can only jump once a month versus those who come out every week or more often. The USPA requirement to make a jump every 30 days for students makes sense to instructors because we can see the difference. Also the way things are taught has evolved over the last 10 years. AFF and completing all of the A license card is what you have to do to get in the air, and it's for a reason. The best skydivers (and the best ones to be around) are humble about their skills and eager to learn. Every jump, every course, every interaction with a coach or instructor is an opportunity to learn. If you want to get your license, accept that there are things you don't know (that you think you do know!), head to the dz with an open mind, and then do everything your instructor says. I had two students last year in similar situations (one with a years-old A license card 90% completed, one who thought he was licensus bUT it never got to the USPA). They learned a lot, were eager to practice the skills they needed too to pass their jumps, and ultimately were a breeze as students.