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  1. This is the kind of thing that makes nerd girls like me happy.
  2. They look like sky jelly fish! Really neat.
  3. Such a wonderful thing you have done and it sucks that iFly did not support your venture. I don't understand why though. Didn't they get their money regardless? Why do they care if you are the one raising the funds? I'm so saddened by you having to turn people away. It must break your heart. Just know you did a lot of good and I'm sure with a heart as big as yours you are finding other ways to help.
  4. I just watched a video of a guy who offered a suggested "fix" of hard openings on sabre 1s by stuffing the 4 outer cells on each side of the canopy into the centre cell. It looks like it could create all kinds of trouble...? Is this some kind of "trick" that actually works? I'm never going to do this...just curious if anyone actually does this. This is the video:
  5. Yeah, but some people jump at very small dropzones where there is no place to camp.
  6. I have experienced 2, 4, and 5... luckily I had enough wits about me to know this wasn't the best advice, but what if I heard it and hadn't done any research on my own/talked to others/etc? I know there is a lot of self responsibility the instant you decide to take the first jump course, but there is a lot of trust students put in their instructors. It was kind of scary to see how many of my fellow student jumpers didn't even know what the PIMs were. If they relied solely on advice from others they could potentially get in trouble. Don't get me wrong. My DZ I learned at is amazing and full of wonderful people with everyone's best interest in mind... but it only takes one instructor/coach one day spouting one not very wise thing...
  7. Thanks for the replies. I think I will just need to be a bit more of an advocate for myself. Its just so frustrating when I really feel like my progress is stalled. Yes, I still love the jumps I do by myself, but like I said, it is hard to know if I'm doing things correctly (tracking, levels, etc) when I don't have a good point of reference. I am considering also, perhaps, going to a DZ that is a few hours away that may be easier to get coach jumps in. That would have to wait until closer to summer though. Hopefully going for some jumps this weekend. Even if I just get one coach jump this weekend i'll be happy. I just want some feedback/tips/help.
  8. I'm just quoting this because it is really good advice. OP, I hope you can find what helps you.
  9. My favourite quote in the item description on Costco website: "Packaged discreetly for privacy in shipping." Yeah because nothing says "discreet" like 4 giant pallets of cardboard boxes arriving on your doorstep.
  10. So... a little background. I'm a fairly new skydiver. I worked hard to get my Solo license (one that comes before the A license here in Canada... you can skydive by yourself/without a JM but still need to work on some things to get the A) Anyway. Ever since getting my Solo I've felt a bit lost. I don't really know what to work on or how to go about it. Sure, I've checked out the requirements for my A and I know I need to do some coach jumps. But other than that I've felt like a lot the people who helped me get my solo aren't available or really that interested in helping me get my A. It is quite a bit more difficult to arrange a coach jump rather than a JM like I had when I was still on student status. (probably because a JM just has to watch me go out the door and then can do their own dive with their buddies after, whereas a coach has to jump with me and "waste" a skydive on teaching) The past 5-10 jumps I've pretty much just did my own thing. Trying to work on some canopy stuff but have no feedback or know if I'm doing what I'm supposed to. I had a couple jumps with a semi-mentor that is really the only person I feel helps me at my DZ. He isn't a coach 2 though (which is what I require for my A) and isn't available too often as he usually is packing or doing radio for students. I really want to get my A but feel like since I've gotten off of student status I've just been left to my own devices. Like I can jump myself so I'm just supposed to figure it out...? It's been pretty disheartening. I don't know what I'm supposed to work on (other than following the CSPA guidelines for the requirements, but without much help or feedback it is hard to know if I'm doing it right and don't have anyone to sign off the work if they don't/can't jump with me) Just feeling a bit lost... wonder if any others have felt like this.
  11. Exactly what I was thinking when I saw this video. I wonder who or why on earth anyone would ever let a student tandem wear their own camera.
  12. This whole video, from the description, to the look on the guy's face, is hilarious to me. But it makes me wonder, where are you allowed to have a wrist mount camera as a tandem? I didn't think that was allowed. (at least not here in Canada.. maybe elsewhere it is?)
  13. OMG. That must've been quite the surprise!
  14. I know this is an old thread, but I was searching for 2 canopy out scenarios as we were discussing it at the DZ today. Anyway, I was wondering, if you have a relatively stable bi-plane I have been told you aren't supposed to monkey with it too much. My question is though should you be concerned about flying level and finding an open/safe area to land with as little toggle input as necessary? Or are you okay to do some minor turns (non-aggressive, no spirals, etc.) to ensure you land at your field? I guess I'm just wondering if doing turns would be detrimental to the stability of the bi-plane...?
  15. That's awesome you started with the manuals! There is so much good information in them and gives you so much knowledge that you can later apply with your coaches.