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  1. yobnoc

    Hey everyone!

    I'd steer you toward a tandem first. And don't worry about those other losers (kidding). But on a serious note: whether or not you have friends go with you, the experience will be no different. You won't see them after you exit the plane until you all arrive back at the DZ. Besides, you'll make new friends if it's a half-decent DZ. The reason I'd say do a tandem first is that there's a lot of nerves involved that you can't quite understand until you are sitting at the edge of the door getting ready to take the plunge. And if you think you're going to be just fine and it won't affect you...trust me, you're wrong. A tandem is an important first step to mitigating those nerves, because then when you go up again ready to do your first solo AFF, you're going to experience an even more overwhelming batch of "what the f*%$ am I doing?" Do the tandem. The licensing is going to cost you roughly $2000, and the extra $220 for a tandem is well worth the extra investment. Talk to your instructor and see if they'll let you do a little canopy steering once they pitch. I know some TI's are cool with that.
  2. yobnoc

    Commercial Flight

    Recently, my wife and I traveled for the first time on a commercial flight with our rigs (we're new to the sport). We were having a side conversation (not too loud, of course, for fear of getting sideways glances or more from TSA) about what would happen in a catastrophic event on the plane. This is not meant to be a super serious topic. With that said, what actions would you take to try to have the best chance at survival if the plane started to descend uncontrollably from cruising altitude? Would exiting the plane even be feasible?
  3. yobnoc

    Level 4 (stoked)

    Hey man, I started AFF last memorial day weekend, and I'm pretty new myself. I have 48 jumps, zero tunnel, took me 10 jumps to clear self supervised, and I got my license in 25. Every AFF instructor I had kept emphasizing "R-E-L-A-X" and it didn't make any damn sense to me. How the hell do you relax jumping out of a plane? I had door anxiety until my 20th jump. I don't have any magic words of advice, and I'm obviously a newbie so I don't have a ton of experience to draw from, but I do know the feelings you're having very well - I had them less than a year ago myself. It really is about relaxing. And relaxing comes with more jumps. Things will click in your head along the way, and once they do, they become effortless. The rush fades and becomes more of a challenge - to learn the next thing, to be able to not fuck up the next formation with dudes and dudettes who are infinitely better than you. Take it a step at a time. Review the videos from your instructors, and try to tackle one thing at a time. It'll all click eventually. I've been told tunnel is super helpful - I just haven't found the time to drive to chicago and actually do it yet. Best of luck, and I look forward to maybe bumping into you at a boogie someday!
  4. yobnoc

    Fear of Landing

    We are both employed full-time-plus-overtime and have two small kids, and we live in Michigan, where our jump season is only 5-6 months long. So, we're limited in many ways and the course in June is just when Maxine will be rolling through at our home DZ. Update though: We went down to Start Skydiving in Middletown, OH on Saturday, and one of their coaches worked extensively with the wifey. After building up her confidence and teaching her a two-stage flare (Spectre 190), she nailed a stander upper.
  5. yobnoc

    Fear of Landing

    I didn't know this was a thing. I didn't have any one instructor assigned to helping me, nor have I seen any student have any one instructor assigned to him/her either. I had several AFFI's and coaches throughout my licensing, but I had to go seek out someone - anyone - who could help me get through whatever difficulties I was experiencing.
  6. yobnoc

    Fear of Landing

    Thank you for the kind replies. We are both signed up for Canopy 101 with Maxine Tate this June. For me, it will probably be the last thing I need to do for my B license. I'm really looking forward to it. I just feel so bad every time I see my lady pound in. She's resilient, but still...ouch!
  7. I need suggestions on how I can give positive support to my wife with regard to her landings. She is at 26 or 27 jumps, and the only thing holding her back from her A license is her check dive (obviously), and accuracy landings. Hell, just a nice soft landing would be a step in the right direction. I don't know how to help her through the mental block. I'm no sky-god at only 44 jumps, but I'm pretty happy with my progression with most of my landings being run in. She's flaring too early or too late, and it's causing her to be more afraid of skydiving than excited for it. Has anyone else had a similar speed bump and is willing to share how they focused through it?