Bokdrol

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  1. Not too dissimilar to my Level 1 - primary instructor told me after the jump that I got confused when my alti went to 12000' (therefore showing zero) and I kept asking 'what height are we at?' like a bloody fuckawee bird. Then to the door...no check in, check out etc. just straight out! Don't remember too much about the freefall, until I was under canopy. I put it all down to extreme hyperventilating nervousness....still it did improve from then on and I now have over 900 jumps in my logbook which, in the overall scheme of things, is not that many but is a big deal for me. Blue Skies and Vasbyt.
  2. I was diagnosed with a BCC (basal cell carcinoma) on my nose about 5 years ago. This was after seeing a Twitter post from that Aussie Bloke who starred in Wolverine and who had a Dr friend point out that he had a BCC on his nose which needed seeing to. He (Wolverine) advised people to keep an eye out for the symptoms. Posted a picture of his nose with a blemish on it and I thought, hey, I've got one of those too....Having grown up in Africa and served in the forces there I never used sunblock.... until I got to England.....don't laugh, the sun can get fierce here too. On a positive note, a BCC is unlikely to prove fatal and the treatment in the UK is free. I've had it removed and now have just a slight scar/patch on my nose. So to all you skydivers who live in hot sunny countries, keep your eyes peeled and watch out for little light coloured patches on (mainly) your face, and which might appear unannounced. And use F50 sunblock. On a more humorous note, there was a C list celeb here in the UK who got a bit of tabloid press a few years ago, having 'survived a cancer scare'. Turns out it was (only) a BCC, not really life threatening, but they did up their profile for a day or two. Seriously though, all the best to any C sufferers out there and 'vasbyt' as they say in the SA Military.
  3. Quite right and something that FF beginners possibly don't think enough about. I was going to comment on this post earlier but because I'm a pretty mediocre OAP skydiver/freeflyer, who also flies like a bit of a plank, I thought I'd STFU. But this was one of the points I was 'going' to make, with the addition of, if you don't sit correctly (i.e. you have a natural de-arch) you can end up flying backwards, and at some speed too, which can be problematic for groups who have exited before/after you, esp. if you are facing up/down the jump run.
  4. The only issues I have ever had with Seville are (1) they put up a 100/200/500 jump limit fairly sharply which, at times, can limit the jumps for less experienced jumpers (2) the shortened jumping day in mid-summer as you have stated already (3) the concrete hard/sloping landing area. There are plenty of off landing areas, though - especially important when you are last out on a 4 way freefly and the pilot will only do one pass lol. Having said that, I give it 8/10.
  5. It was a hot topic at our DZ around the time they changed to B.S! I worked for a company called Union Transport International and they actually changed their name to UTI.....medical folk will understand.
  6. British Skydiving (formerly B.P.A, now B.S. ) do an excellent calendar every year which is sent out with the December Mag to all members. I'm sure some kind soul at B.S. would let you have a 2022 calendar for a promise of a beer. A 2021 calendar won't last as long.
  7. OK so I've heard that Virgin Silver and Insure&Go offer our cover - second hand info but you might want to try them.
  8. Soz - I'm still digging around but if I find anything I'll let you know. Will ask at DZ tomorrow and see if I get a result there. As said in my earlier message, double check with insure4sport to set your mind at ease, one way or another.
  9. Mick Patch I'm sending this because you are a UK jumper and I assume you are using insure4sport to jump outside the UK: I also went on the Insure4sport site as I have previously insured my USA and Spain trips through IHI-Bupa and Towergate, neither of whom offer cover for us any more. I thought I would drill down a bit as, on the face of it, insure4sport seemed perfect. I contacted their helpline via e-mail and asked a load of questions. This is the final reply I received; '' We can cover the equipment against damage and theft. We can provide personal accident cover this is more of a benefit policy so provides cover if you suffer serious injury for instance broken arm. It just doesn’t provide cover when are outside of the UK for medical bills or repatriation.'' So on the face of this, if you were jumping at say, Elsinore, and had to be hospitalised due to a skydiving injury, you wouldn't be insured under their cover. I can send you the e-mail thread privately if you give me your e-mail address but I would say that, depending on what overseas jumping cover you require, you should double check that you are safe with insure4sport. Cheers
  10. Bokdrol

    China

    The French have never forgotten the ignominy of having to have the USA and UK pull their fat from the fire (OK, only the twice...) in the 20th century and for the added insult having to beg the English to give their government in exile safe haven during WW2 when De Gaulle had to cut and run from La France with his tail between his 'Free French' legs. That and the various bloody noses they have received from the UK in previous centuries. In the UK we don't expect anything from France other than obstruction, pettiness and beacuoup toys tossed from la perambulator.
  11. For me, it's the whole DZ 'thing' that's enjoyable, from jumping/packing/sitting around waiting to jump drinking tea and chatting with like-minded people, checking today's jump videos and meeting new like-minded people. 1 jump, 2 jumps, 3 jumps + it's all OK for a day - no jumps does suck, though!
  12. Agreed - we've exited the EU without serious injury
  13. 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.
  14. Bokdrol

    Emphazima

    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.
  15. 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'
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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).
  19. Skydive Spain (Seville) have posted on their Instagram account that from tomorrow until June 20 they will be operating 7 days a week.
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.