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  1. making music I read.. what kind of music? anything uploaded somewhere? Live to jump another day
  2. Here's what I do for fun when the sun goes down ^_^ Still trying to think of a way to combine it with skydiving - nothing yet though. Any ideas? And a video if you want to see more than the pretty pictures: Live to jump another day
  3. Hannah I'm relatively new to the forums and I just read your story. First of all congratulations!!!! You look amazing! And your smile says it all :D I am sooooo happy for you! I wish you health, happiness, love and blue skies for the rest of your life! If you ever find yourself in Hamburg and wouldn't mind jumping with a newbie drop me a line :) One last thing. I have a friend from greece that also wants to transition, but has very little money to do so (being an artist doesn't pay that well) - his family isn't supportive, he moved to UK and is currently on testosterone. He has started a funding campaign for his transition. I assume you know more people than I that might willing/able to help. So I would really appreciate it if you can post the link to the corresponding forums: All the best! Live to jump another day
  4. Yeahhh, I really like to see how much I relax from the first jumps until the licence. It also felt great to overcome that fear. And that jump going through a cloud for the first time.. Damn it felt strange (and awesome!) Actually I already did 3 jumps in Athens skydive during the christmas holidays - and I didn't have any off-field landings :D It's nice to have a dz back home! Unfortunately fuel is more expensive in Greece than Germany, and therefore so are the jump tickets. Live to jump another day
  5. Took me a bit to notice that I got some replies here. Thank you skymama! Yes the season has already started and it's been awesome so far ^_^ Ahhh, a few more weeks and my rig and suit will be ready too :D I can't wait! Live to jump another day
  6. I also started with AFF. I've wanted to skydive ever since I found out people do this. So at the first chance in my life that I had both money and time I registered for the course. I never considered doing a tandem because 1. I prefer to be in control of my fate, 2. I trusted myself to pull from the first jump (and I did) 3. it made no sense to spend the extra money for the tandem because I was on a tight budget. I haven't regretted that decision, although looking back, a tandem would have helped with the first canopy ride - navigating in the air. That was the scariest part for me in my first jump "So how do I get down there? Ummm.. where is "there"?!?!" :p Just have fun and remember that AFF is training. When you train you might need to repeat something and it's totally ok - just a bit more expensive in skydiving. Live to jump another day
  7. For the A licence you need a minimum of 25 jumps. Two weeks could be enough, provided you are in good shape and can do 3+ jumps a day - which in the beginning might not be so easy/ or allowed for the first few jumps -, that you don't have to repeat many jumps and of course also assuming the weather is on your side. Also keep in mind that you need to take a theoretical exam, which is a lot of reading and learning and that most dropzones here don't operate all 7 days. So if you work your ass off, do nice jumps, avoid injuries during landings (like a sprained ankle) and have great weather it could be done in two weeks, but I would give it a bit more just to be on the safe side. Not to mention that you're learning to skydive, it can (will) be a stressful experience. I advise against rushing it. In Germany english could be an issue, especially because Germany has its own licence (DFV). However there are some dropzones that offer an english course, and also the option for a USPA licence, just like YUU-skydive (where I went). My german sucks, so I did all the course and the exams in english but I chose to get a DFV licence since 1. I live here and 2. it's equally safe but less complicated than the USPA system. I didn't have any problems with the language, nor any of my fellow english speaking students. I suggest you contact the dropzone you're interested jumping from as soon as possible and ask them if and when an english course would be available and for which licence (DFV/USPA). Sometimes they don't announce it on their website, it's organised based on the demand. I hope I didn't overwhelm you with info. Feel free to ask anything else ^_^
  8. Hello Coolin, I have no idea about Sweden, but I can definitely recommend the dropzone where I got my licence last year. It's 1h train ride from Hamburg and then someone can pick you up from there. The instructors are awesome, everyone is super friendly, the price is pretty cheap and you can stay in the DZ until you finish the licence. If you decide to go for the licence and you pay everything together then it's 2.330 € - if you need to repeat a level that is not included in this price. You can find more info here: Wherever you end up starting, be safe & have tons of fun!!! Oh, and be prepared for a life changing experience ^_^ Blue skies! Live to jump another day
  9. Thank you Lima :) I also got the same feedback from some friends jumping in Finland. I was just wondering because in their manual the lowest temperature they give is -20 C. Have fun and blue skies! Live to jump another day