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  1. Ericakeeley

    Canopy transition for downsizing

    Hi all, I'm an A licensed newbie here. I am about 125lbs without gear, I did my student jumps on navigator 200 but purchased a 170 s-fire. Basically I'm looking for advice to safely downsize. I used a demo 190 (low pack volume so I could use my own container) but wasn't able to do many jumps. So I guess I'm asking would it be too risky to just jump my 170 when next season starts or should I be looking for a 190 to jump in between? My landings have not been consistently good, accuracy is OK but I've done my share of PLF landings.
  2. Ericakeeley

    Downsizing for first rig

    Newly licensed with 29 jumps.. I started on student navigator 220 for a few jumps, then on to the 200 for the rest. I just ordered my first rig with the safire 169. Not sure how to go about this transition since my DZ doesn't have any smaller rental equipment, and the other DZ I could go to is about 2.5 hours away (and jumping somewhere new scares me at this level). Worth the drive to jump a 190 for a few weeks until my rig comes in? *I'm a small girl and find it's harder to get equipment that fits
  3. Ericakeeley

    Downsizing for first rig

    Newly licensed with 29 jumps.. I started on student navigator 220 for a few jumps, then on to the 200 for the rest. I just ordered my first rig with the safire 169. Not sure how to go about this transition since my DZ doesn't have any smaller rental equipment, and the other DZ I could go to is about 2.5 hours away (and jumping somewhere new scares me at this level). Worth the drive to jump a 190 for a few weeks until my rig comes in? *I'm a small girl and find it's harder to get equipment that fits
  4. Ericakeeley

    AFF Stuggles

    ***update*** Though I still need to work on keeping my leg position consistent, I'm on to my "coach" jumps and off AFF! enjoyed my first solo jump and am working on breathing and enjoying the journey. Thanks for all the advice everyone
  5. Ericakeeley

    AFF Stuggles

    Yes and yes :)
  6. Ericakeeley

    AFF Stuggles

    In a nutshell: Cat A- all went well for first jump. Practice pulls, arch, took hand signals made adjustments. Pulled at altitude, good C.C. Cat B- lost an instructor on exit. Exited backwards instead of to the side. Was caught up in that and delayed starting my COA and Practice touches. Did them and straightened legs but didn't have time for heading control. Pulled at altitude. Repeat. Cat B again- new exit setup, went great. Did COA and practice touches. Straightened legs but brought them to my butt. Was given legs out multiple times with no response. Reached to pull but instructor already pulled. (Was super slow brain processing. Like wtf erica?!?!) Cat b AGAIN- all good. Passed. Cat c- instructor released and bumped me starting a slow turn that I wasnt able to stop. Repeat Cat c again- funky exit. Pulled it out, but lost arch and legs were too far apart and flat. I swear it's all mental because I can do every aspect, just not all in the same jump.
  7. Ericakeeley

    AFF Stuggles

    Thanks for letting me know! (#5)
  8. Ericakeeley

    AFF Stuggles

    I think I need to make that my mantra and repeat it the entire drive to the DZ!
  9. Ericakeeley

    AFF Stuggles

    Solid is the key word there. I went before but was with a bunch of kids and no real instruction. Someone from my DZ offers lessons there but not for a couple weeks, and it's a long drive. (I really don't want long lapses in AFF jumps). Also, an instructor suggested I don't go because the air was set too low and a proper arch had me stuck on the floor, but a flat body had me flying and they don't want me learning bad habits. Quote
  10. Ericakeeley

    AFF Stuggles

    I recently started AFF and am having a hard time. I passed Cat A, failed B twice, passed B, failed Cat C twice. UGH! I started with my husband and knew he would have an easier time than me, but i'm finding it hard not to be frustrated. The issues have not been the same from jump to jump, and I think it is a mental thing (manifesting negativity and being convinced i'm going to fail before even entering the plane). I haven't been given the "bowling talk" and my instructors said i'm safe/altitude aware, great under canopy, and that once it clicks I will be golden. So I guess I want to hear your stories, what made it "click" for you, and how do you get out of your own head? I contemplated quitting for a brief moment, but I really enjoy jumping and don't want to give up. I'm a type A perfectionist and it's really hard for me to struggle through something and not just give up and stick to what i'm good at. Advice appreciated! ** Also, I spent a few minutes in the tunnel and don't think it translated too well to actually jumping - and won't be able to make it back before my next jumps.