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  1. Agreed - we've exited the EU without serious injury
  2. Sounds like you are a tandem student. I doubt that you will be allowed to wear any type of hard shell helmet, open or closed face, on your jump. Check with your DZ as main point of contact, though. BTW it's unlikely that the wind was the root cause of your bad ear - you may just have a dodgy ear drum or have had a recent cold/ear infection. The pressure on a jump does some weird things to ears/sinuses in certain situations.
  3. Bokdrol


    Emphysema - A lung disease which results in shortness of breath due to destruction and dilatation of the alveoli. I've had friends and family who suffered with emphysema and they had trouble getting enough oxygen in their lungs to be comfortable at sea level. The air is so much thinner at altitude that I can only guess, being a non-medical person, that skydiving would be impossible and if attempted, possibly fatal. As I say, it's simply a guess on my part and not a diagnosis or a reliable answer. Unless there is someone on this forum who has some first hand knowledge of the condition and question and can offer a sound answer, you should check with a professional medical person, preferably one who specialises in lung diseases.
  4. Well, as the old saying goes 'you're as old as you feel'. By the time you are 60 you may still feel great. By the time you are 30 you might not feel so great. Middle age - its just a number. Whatever, I hope you do have a long and further injury free career - however you decide to proceed. As for the some of the advice given to you by a few of the posters on your various forums, I'd just like to paraphrase Mark Twain who said (more or less) 'aged 18, I couldn't believe how dumb my parents were - by the time I was 28 it amazed me how much cleverer they had become in the space of 10 years'
  5. There is another way to be involved in skydiving - you are obviously smart and probably athletic/well co-ordinated. You could train as a pilot and fly the jumpers...once you have graduated of course - just a thought. With all that money you'll earn once you graduate, you'll be able to afford it. I've followed your various threads from pre-AFF to post injury and you seem to be a determined, if headstrong, young man. With the injuries you have already sustained in your so far short career, you might want to look ahead a few years and consider what shape you are going to be in come middle age, especially if you sustain more injuries, which might be on the cards. Believe me, middle age comes up fast...too fast. My opinions only and apologies if I've offended or given duff advice!
  6. Well done. My reply to your enquiry was on the other safety/training group which has now been closed by admin due to duplication but, as others have pointed out, I reckoned that you were wasted (physically lol) by the end of the day when you did your Level 1 and that things should improve. Keep up the good work and look forward to your updates.
  7. Keep on at it and don't give up. Your first 'solo'/Level 1 is nerve racking enough without having to (a) wait all day for weather holds (b) have to come back down in the plane, once you finally get airborne, due to cloud etc. Your nerves must have been shot by the time you eventually exited. I'm sure you'll find your next jump/s far less stressful and more enjoyable - the weather is due to improve in the UK from tomorrow so hopefully you can crack on. Oh - and forget the view - there's plenty of time for that once you've passed AFF. I'm sure you'll also get some sage advice from the instructors out there but other than trying to stick to what you learned in ground school, keeping altitude aware and keeping aware of your instructors for their signals in the air, there's not much more I can say. You aren't the first student to have had an 'indifferent' start to AFF - I speak from personal experience. Blue Skies and vasbyt. (ask a South African).
  8. Skydive Spain (Seville) have posted on their Instagram account that from tomorrow until June 20 they will be operating 7 days a week.
  9. I have scratches on my old Tonfly helmet. Way cooler than having a 'F*ck Yeah' or 'Suck Me' sticker. It's also open face.....might get a G3/4 full face when I wear this one out, though...
  10. Go to the little chevron at the right of the tool bar next to your mini profile picture. Click on it. You'll get a drop down menu. Go to account settings. You'll see country on the left/bottom. You can change it from there.
  11. OK - you have a Union Flag on your profile which is generally there to indicate a jumper's home country hence my (incorrect) assmption! I've never personally jumped at Portugal (Algarve/Alvor) so I'm not qualified to give them a recommendation. I know plenty who have jumped there, though. From what I've heard, and seen on their videos, the views are magnificent (not necessarily an AFF recommendation because the last thing you want to be checking out on AFF is the view IMHO) and the landing area OK but not that forgiving. It's coastal so you can get weather holds down to wind speeds that sometimes last for days, even for 500+ jumpers. Having said that, you can also get a run of benign weather which is simply perfect. I can say this bit with authority because I've been holidaying on the Algarve since 1986 and I know the Alvor/Portimao/Lagos area fairly well. I'm afraid that until Covid allows other DZ's to fully open, your choices may be limited. I've jumped both Seville and Empuriabrava in Spain and both are nice, with Empuria having perhaps the more forgiving of landing areas - again, though, it's coastal....Good luck with your quest. See if you can get a few more better recommendations for Algarve and then make your decision. Blue Skies.
  12. I'm assuming you are UK based and will do your main post-licence jumping here. AFF courses are offered in various EU countries. The preferred ones for UK students seem to be Spain (Seville, Madrid and Empuriabrava) and Portugal (Algarve) You should perhaps consider one that offers a UK qualification. Active Skydiving (contact via their website, Scotty Milne) run courses in Spain. Obviously affected by Covid restrictions at present.
  13. The thread is a bit old but many of the points are current - I've enjoyed reading it from the start. Thanks for bumping it. My only observation is that there are many more good people than a-holes in this sport. Pareto Principle would put it at 70-30 good-not so good (or 80-20 if you prefer that rule). I would say that skydiving has busted Pareto. But they are out there!! jazzman318 shows he has 1 jump, 13 years ago. Would be interesting to know how he progressed because I know that many jumpers often put 1 jump on profile when they have hundreds even thousands of descents.
  14. Contact Scotty Milne at Active Skydiving via his website. He can give you the pro's and con's of AFF in Scotland and, if necessary, give you good advice on an alternative solution.
  15. Yesterday I was JM on a load at my local DZ in the UK. I have my JM1 ticket but am neither coach nor instructor. During the flightline gear check (pre-boarding gear checks for all jumpers are mandatory on the flightline in the UK) I noticed a jumper with a very nice digital alti. Probably an ALiX. It had a good visual dial and was registering a flat line as we were at GL. I checked the jumper and established that he was A licence with 36 jumps. Furthermore he hadn't jumped previously with this particular piece of kit on it's own without having any back-up ie a standard barometric visual type alti. I explained to him that, as he was trained using a standard visual alti and was relatively low on jump numbers, I would like him to wear a backup unit on this lift and until he had signoff from an instructor. In an emergency he would be looking for his hard deck on an unfamiliar device. To his credit he trotted off quite happily and got his backup Alti-2. We checked them both on the flight at 5k and the ALiX reading was good. So my question is this - was I being an overcautious and officious knobend or not?