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  1. JohnMitchell

    Beginner suggestions

    Wear comfortable clothes. Your shoes should be athletic shoes, such as running or tennis shoes, not heavy boots. Depending on the weather, bring an extra layer, such as a sweatshirt without a hood. It's usually colder at altitude. Gloves, googles, helmets, etc. will be furnished by the jump center. Smile when you jump out.
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    How long should it take to get on a load?

    Colorado Jones, welcome to our sport, with DZs with great turbine aircraft that only want to do tandems, and great small DZs that just don't have the lift capacity to keep up. After you get your A, I hope you have a chance to travel and experience other DZs. I'm lucky to have a home DZ in WA state with a good amount of tandems, a busy AFF student program, and a big community of fun jumpers, with the lift capacity for all. The DZOs themselves love to fun jump, so they make sure to get everyone up in the air. I hope you can get some help from your current DZ and feel like staying in the sport.
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    Who's a rigger in SLC, UT?

    Is there anyone in the city that does repacks, or does my friend need to go to Ogden or Toelle? Post or PM, whichever you like. Thanks.
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    Who's a rigger in SLC, UT?

    Shameless bump to the top. No one in SLC?
  5. John Richardson, JR, up here in the Seattle area had a ball and socket job a few years back. I think he's doing pretty well, jumps some and doesn't seem to have a problem. I'm one of those rotator cuff guys that made a 100% recovery. Good luck.
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    Fear of Landing

    Well, DZs vary, but if she's beyond AFF but not licensed yet, she can jump solo, no instructor, or with a coach. Your wife has a problem that I've seen many times and I know of no easy fix. Sometimes going back on the radio for assistance can help. Good luck.
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    I'm back...again

    Good to have you back. So sorry about the loss of your son. I can think of nothing more crushing, more tragic. I'm so glad you've found some kind of peace now.
  8. I know that a good track will reduce your rate of descent. Has anyone tried that for slowing down their vertical rate after a speed run?
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    Are Earplugs Dangerous to Use in Freefall?

    Wow, I would have said impossible, that earplugs couldn't seal hermetically enough to cause pressure problems. Do the plugs jam inwards as you freefall back into higher pressures? Perhaps some vented plugs would be the ticket for you. I think most of us have been foolish enough to jump too soon after a headcold. 2 years ago, after another bout of sinus troubles, I had my ENT surgeon perform the rotorooter job in my cranium. Hardly a stuffy sinus since.
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    Starting AFF in two weeks. Scared AF!

    It's classic Approach-Avoidance Conflict. I've even seen psychology textbooks that use skydiving as an example.
  11. JohnMitchell

    Are Earplugs Dangerous to Use in Freefall?

    IDK of any off-the-shelf earplugs that would achieve an airtight seal, enough to cause a pressure differential problem. It's a miniscule amount of air that has to leak past them to maintain a pressure equilibrium. I've worn them for thousands of jumps and have never noticed a problem, or even a sensation of pressure difference.
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    Starting AFF in two weeks. Scared AF!

    That's pretty funny. More like an extremely basic, loose understanding of how things theoretically work in a vacuum. But yes, I get what you're saying. How about "You'll know how to use the parachute equipment safely"?
  13. JohnMitchell

    Starting AFF in two weeks. Scared AF!

    Well, I was scared on my first jump too. No big deal, pretty normal. Most fear comes from not knowing what's going to happen and how to deal with it. You haven't had the ground school for AFF yet. Once you've completed the class you'll have a thorough understanding of how everything works and what's expected of you. Knowledge is comfort. It's very commonn to get nervous on the ride to altitude for your jump. I'd like to suggest that during your spare moments, you should visualize the skydive in your mind, over and over, mentally rehearsing all the tasks you have planned. Visualize yourself doing everything perfectly, smoothly, and easily, with a smile on your face. Don't 2nd guess yourself and have a bunch of "what if" negative thoughts. Those are counter productive at that point. When you do exit the plane on that first jump, remember that you have PLENTY of time to accomplish your tasks. Don't rush. I like to tell my students "I know you have a lot on your mind, but when we exit, just make sure to arch, breathe, smile, and relax for a few seconds. Then go into the skydive. If you arch and smile, everything else will fall into place."
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    Women’s records/swooping

    This quote from the Wikipedia page for Dr. Renee Richards, the transgender tennis champion, who took her fight to the supreme court to be allowed to compete as a woman in the US Open. "Richards has since expressed ambivalence about her legacy, and came to believe her past as a man provided her with advantages over her competitors, saying “Having lived for the past 30 years, I know if I’d had surgery at the age of 22, and then at 24 went on the tour, no genetic woman in the world would have been able to come close to me. And so I’ve reconsidered my opinion.”
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    Women’s records/swooping

    If they've had the surgery, it's hard to deny them a spot in the women's lineup. Are you worried their size or possible strength advantage will give them an unfair edge?
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    Packing Nightmare

    I'm not a rigger or a psycho packer, but a few of my friends pack that way. I've never seen them use an S-fold. They just flip the cocooned canopy over, top skin down, fold the upper corners inward, and then roll it up, from the bridle attachment down to the stabilizers, like rolling up a rug. Any comments, anyone?
  17. I went from jump #93 to about #1800 with no cutaways. That was jumping 7-cell F-111 canopies, including about 1500 on Units. Wasn't doing tandems yet. Not amazing, but that's my experience.
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    Packing Nightmare

    Makes sense to me, Bob. H8RS gonna H8 on ya. F-em. One thing that helps me? S-fold the top 2/3rds of the canopy, put it in the bag, then S-fold the last 1/3rd of the canopy, the bottom part, into the bag, just like we used to do when we packed round canopies into bags. To the OP, there a dozens of little technique things that make packing much easier. Watch, ask for help, copy, imitate, learn. You'll get it, brah.
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    AFF Leg position trouble

    It's a common problem. You jump out and you're so AMPPED that those legs just fly apart. I like to put the student on a creeper, put their feet at the right spacing, then have them push the tops of their feet downwards against my supporting hands (I become the "wind beneath their wings"). I do this mostly for correcting the "lazy legs syndrome" so common, but I think it also reinforces correct spacing. With that said, I often fly too wide myself. If you can hover and get forward motion, you're doing alright.
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    Do you have a nice snaggy gopro on the top of your helmet? If so, I'd keep my head down and the gopro out of the way of the deploying reserve.
  21. JohnMitchell

    Old noob

    You might want to get back in. The gear's never been better and the landings are much easier on the old bones. I had that same Wonderhog setup, except tapewells instead off 3 rings.
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    Newbie - doing AFF next week

    Have fun. Arch, smile, breathe, relax!
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    Diving exits: toward the tail or nose?

    Thanks for the reply. Interesting reasoning. I happen to disagree but I have half as many jumps as him and I'm not a bigway organizer. But I do feel that a good diving exit is not THAT hard to learn to do correctly, and I feel pointing in the right direction on exit is the first step in getting to the formation quickly. I think a lot of more experienced skydivers would agree with me on that.
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    Diving exits: toward the tail or nose?

    Exactly. That would be more of a poised exit. You said Mr. 15K jumps didn't explain why. That makes me think he doesn't have a good reason. All the advice I dispense comes with the reasons why it's "good advice".
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    Starting AFF in two weeks. Scared AF!

    Pretty standard. Kapowsin is where my son did AFF and he's still alive.