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  1. Rigger rating = work in all weather conditions and more 'friends' than Frank Sinatra
  2. Sorry - wasn’t pointing the finger or intimating that you might be a smartass for having an enquiring mind. It was really just meant as my take on advice. Nothing more than that. There are far more experienced people on this forum who can offer you better advice I’m sure. E.g. RiggerRob seems to have covered it perfectly in his reply. Whatever, I wish you well and many years of happy and safe skydiving - all the best
  3. I cycle regularly and do pull ups on a homegym type of thing that fits in the door lintel. Seems to keep me all round fit-ish and don't have a flaring issue. Never did like mixing tunnel with same day jumping as I found tunnel to be uniquely tiring. Did AFF at 59, A licence at 60, am now 69 with +770 jumps. When I did AFF and I was nervous when the door opened, I told myself that I would be on the ground in roughly 5 minutes. Helped to keep me calm - that along with a few Hail Mary's of course.
  4. As a student you will/should jump a canopy that is designed for a student, in a student rig. The canopy, when open, will/should be benign when you are under it. The size difference will/should be relative and it shouldn't pose you any undue handling problems. It would be interesting to hear what the difference in size (between your canopy and the men's canopies) is in sq'. Question your instructor. From my experience as a previous student, I'm not an instructor, they like questions but don't try to be a smartass - they don't like them! I also don't think that wingloading in a student/hired canopy is something that you need to be too concerned about at this stage in your progression, although as you progress further it has considerable relevance. Some instructors might even consider student questions about wingloading as bordering on smartass.
  5. Bokdrol


    Have a look at Total Knee Replacement on General Skydiving Discussions - it's a recent thread.
  6. I've got junk knees due to years of consistent athletic abuse. I wear knees braces and jump a large canopy which, touch wood, works nicely. In what I consider fast landing situations I slide in on my butt. Keep my knees working by doing loads of cycling - running is the big knee killer imho. The problem with knee surgery, which I have been offered but declined once I got a (better) second opinion, is that it sometimes just doesn't 'work'. So, no magic answer I'm afraid, just my own situation.
  7. Technique wise I can't help you. However, just stick with it and listen to your instructors, follow their advice and try to relax in the air. I was 59 when I did my AFF with an almost non existent arch and 60 when I got my A licence. I find that doing pull-ups really helps my neck, back and shoulders. I've just done my 760th jump aged 69. I'll never be a great skydiver but I like to think I'm very very safety aware. I love the sport and 99% of the people involved with it. Good luck.
  8. Flat packing is the method that is done on the ground. Any old school skydiver at your DZ should be able to show how to do it or you may be able to find a video on U-Tube.
  9. Bokdrol


    There is a FB site, UK Skydiving Gear for Sale (or something along those lines) which, if you join, will list skydiving items such as rigs and helmets etc, that come up for sale. However, before you rush into any purchase you should get proper advice. This would normally come from someone who knows you in skydiving terms, and is qualified to give that advice. For example, the instructor who trained you or the Chief Instructor at the DZ where you jump most frequently. Don't rush in to a purchase. The reason that so much quality stuff comes up for sale is that someone else did exactly that.
  10. You are quite right there. An instructor I know estimated that only about 30% of his students were still jumping a year after obtaining their A. However, very few actually drop out of the AFF course itself - probably as few as or even fewer than 1 in 50.
  11. Fair comments from both of you - I'll wind my neck in!!
  12. I won't dispute that some skydivers jumpers start off on RAPS. You will see if you read my first post, that I have quoted feedback I received from the few that I know of - i.e. they consider that they wasted their money doing RAPS. However, as I have said, and I stand by this, RAPS is NOT skydiving, it is parachuting. Other than canopy handling skills, which you get with AFF in any case, you learn virtually zip about freefall doing RAPS. The initial posting said that the poster wanted to get their A Licence but would rather do RAPS due to the cost. Well, they won't get their BPA Skydiver A licence doing RAPS jumps. Blues.
  13. Oh, and remember, RAPS is parachuting, not skydiving. You won't get a BPA 'A' licence by doing RAPS, and neither do RAPS jumps give you any 'credit' towards AFF levels.