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  1. Hey skyfam! I'm not sure if this kind of post is allowed, but I'm going to be in Zephyrhills this coming Thursday through Saturday (leaving early AM sunday) if any of y'all will be in the area! Let's get ready to shreddy!
  2. I understand where you're coming from. I do. I also was under the impression that you were a coach until I read up in the thread to a previous post. The only reason I find this opinion to be objectionable is that newcomers to the drop zone looking for their A license or freshly licensed jumpers can often be taken advantage of with regard to coaching costs. Once someone has a feel for how things go at the DZ, they learn who's worth getting paid lessons from and who's just in it for the money but doesn't have the requisite skillset to warrant the charge. To me, that's predatory and stands as a barrier to expansion of the sport. Bet your ass there's coaches who I would gladly pay for skillset advancement now that I've found my stride and expanded my network. But when I was seeking that A license or the first two dozen jumps after that, it was just as helpful for what I needed to know at the time to just get the coaching from someone who wasn't charging. Trust that I do understand your position, and even agree somewhat.
  3. I get where this is coming from, but there are a lot of the old guard who despise how monetized skydiving has become. What you're advocating is to never teach anybody anything for free. Not necessarily an evil idea, just a different ideology and one that not everyone is going to share. I'm new to the sport, and I'm looking to obtain both my C license and a coach rating before the end of next season. While I fully intend to use my coach rating to help others get current, and to teach basic belly skills, I have no desire to monetize that rating in any way. That would put me at odds with you though, because I'm also metaphorically kicking you in the balls by not being part of the union-style mentality you're advocating. This sport is supposed to be fun, not a financially crippling money racket. If your coaching is superior, then the free market can decide. People will be lining up behind each other to get a piece of your knowledge. If not, they'll take the Skydivers over Sixty guy who just wants to spread the joy and knowledge of the sport in exchange for some companionship and a few beers before he can't jump anymore.
  4. Are these videos posted anywhere else? They won't load in this format for some reason.
  5. I can appreciate that; perhaps it would've been more welcoming to engage with the person first before critiquing their use of some of the finer words English has to offer. Also, while skybytch elaborated on that, you did not. You simply shat on her for cursing in general. And now we have one less member in an already slowly dying community website.
  6. Yep. Not looking for your approval bro. I pity the self-righteous, on the rare occasion where I decide to tolerate them. Go find your safe space where people don't curse; DZ isn't that place, snowflake.
  7. Hey! I hope you decide to come back and get to know some of the people here. Erroll, like his avatar, tends to be a grumpy person. Every DZ has at least one! And Skybytch is maybe one of the most thoughtful posters on here; always with good intentions. It's a pretty small group and sometimes things might seem to be heated, but I don't think there's a person on here that I wouldn't jump with, and crack a beer with afterward. I will look for your book; I don't have any fucking problem with fucking profanity!
  8. The common problem is that a lot of older folks will show up, take the ground course, do one or two AFF jumps, and then never come back. It's unfortunate, but you have to understand that that is the reason for the feeling that they're not "friendly" to older divers. You just have to keep at it and prove you're not one of those "one-and-done" types. It's a pretty selective community, and filled with alphas who have strong opinions.
  9. For perspective, I've done around 70 jumps in the last 3 months, and for the first time ever I was able to participate in a 4 way that hit all our points. Round-->Open Accordion-->Middle piece 360 turn-->Open Accordion-->Opposing Diamond-->Round. That's not a lot of points to hit; it's a pretty basic jump. But it took that long and that much frequency for me to be able to hit those points. And I was definitely the limiting factor on the jump.
  10. I was having the same problem, and still do to some extent. But I'm getting better, only because I've been working with organizers doing as many 4, 5, and 6 way jumps as I can. It's frustrating, but if you have a good coach, they'll be briefing you every time you get to the ground and working on one small thing at a time, which will eventually aggregate into you being a more dependable member of a formation. If you're only jumping a dozen times over the course of several months, the skills will take much, much longer to develop. A good coach will keep challenging you every jump to add to your toolbox of skills.
  11. The feeling I got when I was going up for my first "solo" jump (AFF with 2 instructors holding onto you the whole time until canopy deployment) was that everything in my brain was firing telling me "You don't have to do this; pick a different hobby." That kicked in at about 10k on the way up. I forced myself into a kind of robot mode, telling myself to just remember to do the things they told me to do in ground school. Do three practice touches, do your circle of awareness, do it again, do it again, 6k: lock your eyes on your altimeter, 5500: pull. You will be nervous, no doubt. It's way different than the feeling before a tandem. Incomparably different. And you will fail at some point during your AFF. It's not easy to make it through. Most people get discouraged and quit, or they realize that it's just not that exciting for them and they quit. The reward of staying with it and the new community you become a part of is well...it can't be matched. Just remember: when you fail a jump, you still will learn something valuable that you'll take with you as long as you stay with it. I've been at it a little over a year, and have 126 jumps in my log book. I'm still a rookie; I still suck at skydiving. But it's ok. It's a journey. Let us know how it goes. Blue skies!
  12. I lengthened my closing loop because I was having the same thing happen to me. Contrary to popular belief, your hands should not bleed from your pull-up cord. You should be able to move your closing pin with medium effort using your fingers once the container is closed. Obviously, if it's too easy to slide back and forth, there's a problem. Also, when you have to exert that much pressure to close your container, you're likely causing premature damage to your grommets as well. I never had a rigger say anything about this to me either, but I ran across a safety segment at my home DZ about this topic, and when I checked out my owner's manual for my container, I realized that it was initially put together with the closing loop way too small. There's a lot of debate on this topic, however. I wouldn't be surprised if someone blew me up on this topic. It's definitely a good bonfire argument to have at the DZ. All I can say is that you should be able to utilize your common sense on the issue. The concern about closing loop tightness is premature openings, which are a huge deal. If you can reasonably think of a situation where your closing pin can slide out unintentionally, you should probably shorten your loop.
  13. The answer for me was just to watch a shitload of videos on youtube, and then to repeat in my head over and over when I was up in the plane watching people gleefully and confidently dive out the door: "What one man can do, another can do." Self-talk was probably the key ingredient for me with regards to getting over the fear of the "door monster." Just remember - self-talk can work both ways. If you tell yourself you can or can't do a thing, you're bound to prove yourself right.