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  1. I got into skydiving by jumping out of an airplane!! Bought my little brother and I tandem for his bachelor thing... Now I am doing AFF. I've spent the last couple of months obsessing over everything skydiving... ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  2. Awesome dude! I'm still so there with you... I have done my second jump and will do number three and four in about a week! I can't wait! I'm super excited to hear how life changing it was... For me the experience flows to other areas in my life.... If I can jump out of a plane... I can _______! ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  3. I think this is a great question and thread. I am a father of 3 with another due Tuesday! I totally understand that children around a drop zone brings up potential 'issues' (for lack of any better wording). Just knowing that there are people considering the need for a 'kid friendly' list is encouraging since I am fresh new to jumping and very dedicated to doing as much as i can with my family. I even had the kids jumping off the couch the other day as they were imitating me practicing PLFing. Greene, that is awesome! I am going to finish my aff here in Texas but will be moving to the Zanesville area and have visited your website. How kid friendly? Any playground? I see you are listed to have a pool and a campground... Sounds fun. How 'chill' is the tent camping area (usually)? ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  4. Someone posted it here: http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4813762 It is the reply by PhreeZone ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  5. Piyohere! Welcome to skydiving... I am in almost in your shoes. I have two jumps under my belt and FJC. So my reply is both as an amateur and one who is fresh in the sport. 1. As I got older my sensitivity to 'motion sickness' (which is what I am assuming you are referring to) has increased. It was fairly bad after my tandem because the instructor did a lot of intense spiraling. I didn't really 'feel' sick until the adrenaline wore off about 1/4 mile down the road from the DZ. Then I had to have my wife drive while I tried to lay it down for a bit. Be sure to let your TI know so he/she can take the mild ride down. Motion sickness is an issue for a lot of people doing tandem (search the forum for more info) because generally speaking you are not in control and it may have to do with poor circulation due to the harness system. You do want to make sure you are well hydrated. You might want to make sure you are well fed. For me personally I am more prone to motion sickness if I feel famished. But it might not be the case for you. Here is a clickable link to search the forum: http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?do=search_results&search_forum=all&search_string=overcoming%20motion%20sickness&sb=score&mh=25 2. I am not doing static line but this I know: My first tandem was a HUGE psychological hurdle. There was fear, doubt, excitement, more doubt, questioning my sanity etc. etc. etc.... My second jump (yesterday) was totally different. I was more focused on the tasks of the jump. My mind set went from "Not sure I can do this" on my first jump to "I got this" on my second. Yes I still had some fear but nothing like my first jump. I hope you experience the same transition from first tandem to first SL. 3. I can't chime in much because I botched my landing a little. Started the flare a little early then released which caused me to slide in fast on my butt while draging the TI behind. I also have obsessed with reading the forums and watching every youtube video I can find. Now I have to wait for jump 3 and 4 around september 19th... ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  6. Yea she is "ok" with it. Although we had some very lengthy discussions about it. I'm very dedicated as s husband and farther so as long as that doesn't change it will be all good. And thank you for the congrats! We are excited and brave... Our oldest is 6, next is 3 , then 2 and now a new baby in a month! ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  7. Well this is a little overdue but here goes... I have done one tandem and since then I have found my mind preoccupied with 'the sky' and the dream of jumping again. Growing up I surfed and loved it... Surfing to me was mostly about the rush and fun of it. I have always liked to do the 'big' things in life, going to a NASCAR race with 250,000 people, hitchhiking cross country, mountain climbing. While in prison I made a list of things to do... Skydiving was number 1 on the list. Then I got married and we had three kids. Since the kiddos came in the picture the conversation around skydiving was basically "You have kids now... and you are not leaving us widowed and orphaned". Then my brother was getting married and choose me as his best man. I proposed Skydiving for his bachelor thing, wife was cool with that under the condition that "I only jump once until my son is 18, then once more". I agreed because "surely it isn't that fun"... So in hindsight, my wife knew me better than myself... and I can't wait to jump again!! Our 4 child will be born in 3 weeks... and I'm going to jump to celebrate! ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  8. Excellent advice... IMO. I am prepaying little by little. Meaning I have my first jump paid for and whenever I have extra money I call the DZ and have them pull more money off my card. Kinda like a forced savings, then once I have 3 paid for I'll go and jump those three and hopefully bring money for my forth jump to start the process over again. ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  9. Hey guys I appreciate the info. I really need to take a look at any exclusions in my long-term disability policy... and I don't have health insurance... sounds like now is the time. I did practice PLFing in the living room the other day. Falling without sticking my arms out was strange at first but confidence in what Ive been learning helped. My son is 6 and jumps off everything so I should probably PLF off the couch with him. Actually he broke his arm standing on the dinning room chair, so maybe I'll try that afterhours
  10. I'm in the same boat as you. 1 tandem and it was awesome. Your next steps towards solo depends on the drop zone. This site has a good database of drop zones. Typically you will need to take a ground course the start jumping with an instructor. There seems to be two main paths towards solo... Static line and assisted Free fall. Static line was the traditional method of learning and it seems to been largely replaced with AFF. I'm doing a tandem progression where I'll do USPA category a thru c jumps while attached to an instructor then 10 minutes of indoor skydiving then jumping with instructor holding on to me. Edited to correct typos. ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  11. I'll have to try harder ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  12. No reason to get all bent out of shape... It was just an observation and a question. I by no means was questioning him/her as a person... It took me a two year prison trip to get off the sauce and get my head right. Maybe "not personable" wasn't the best wording. Maybe more like intimidating. Being a first time jumper around so much activity especially when "I don't know s?@t". My personal takeaway was nothing negative towards spaceland Dallas... As a matter of fact once I get my A license (if I survive the grilling from drop zone.com) I plan on doing my jumping from there. Maybe in all honesty my post is rooted in being new and nervous and hyper cautious... Please take no offense as I'm a wannabe skydiver and I'm not an asshole... But a tad sarcastic! ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  13. Hey guys I really appreciate your input! It is well received. I will stay at the DZ that I am referring to. I will probably make spaceland dallas my home DZ once i get trained. But not during training, only because It is so busy. This DZ i'm referring is very one-on-one... I understand that statistically the chance of being in a malfunction that leads to a fatality is VERY low... which sounds good on the surface... unless you are the 1 in 100000. I also understand the relation of skill and knowledge to my safety. Therefore, I am very into learning all that I can. The weather needs to clear up so I can Shut up and Jump! ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  14. Actually he was teaching from the ground up. How to stow the brakes, walk out the lines, fold the canopy. And talking about how much time it takes to pack a sigma canopy for him and how much he gets paid per pack. I wouldn't be to concerned about it if i didn't read so much regarding the recent Lodi incident. I even went as far as to skim the packing section of the sigma manual myself after going to DZ. ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.
  15. Actually I have been to my insurance agent and gone over my life insurance policy. In the state of Texas after two years of the policy being in effect it is 'incontestable'. They actually cover suicide after two years, which I found odd. I am still going to review my long term disability insurance. I really appreciate the real response... I hope as my post numbers go up and my jump numbers I my "Kick me, I'm a troll" sign on my back will get smaller.... ------------------------------------ Scientist and Physicist still do not understand gravity... Jumping out of an airplane is my attempt to help them in their quest to explain gravity.