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  1. ColoradoJones

    No opportunity to learn to pack

    I hate to hear that. I am pretty new to skydiving and currently working toward my A license (15 jumps total so far, I hope to be finished with the A license in the next 3 weeks) and I have had very good experiences with my DZ being helpful and especially with the experienced skydivers at my DZ. I have had an experienced skydiver, every jump, ask if I would let them jump along side of me and either give critique in addition to my coaches or video my jump for review. I have also had the same luck with gear checks, gear questions, packing etc. I have packed 3 canopies so far and jumped my own pack job for the first time this past weekend. Of course, I have also been hounding them about teaching me to pack for the last 6-7 jumps since they are a smaller DZ with limited student gear, and I dont like missing loads because i have to wait on someone else to pack for me. I think i will echo what everyone one else is saying ... speak up to your DZSO and /or ask some of the experienced skydivers if they would be willing to help (beer really is the best currency). Videos are decent (i have watched probably 30) but there is nothing like putting your hands on it and doing it.
  2. ColoradoJones

    Denver block coached time

    How did this work out for you? I called and asked pricing and i was told much higher for an hour of coached time. any way to get the price down?
  3. Im extremely new to skydiving, but not new to risk , and you are spot on ... but we are forgetting one very important variable: Contact Time. Sure, we have a 1.26 in 1000 odds of dying .... but over an EXTREMELY short amount of contact time. From plane to ground we spend what ... 5 minutes in the air? 50 minutes a weekend, 50 weekends a year gives us a 1.26 odds for every 2500 minutes. Lets assume a Commercial Fishermen works the same amount of hours as the average full time employee in the US, about 1800 hours which is a ridiculous low number for commercial fishermen, and you have in 1 in 1000 odds for death .... over 1900 hours, which is 114,000 minutes. So now we have to even the playing fields 1.26 : 2,500 minutes is 1 : 1,984 Minutes and commercial fishing is 1:114,000 Seems to me, based on contact time per incident (not jumps per incident because that is a useless comparison for our purposes) that we are 57 times more likely to be killed than a commercial fisherman every minute of skydiving vs every minute of commercial fishing. I am EXTREMELY new to this sport ... and there is nothing safe about it. We mitigate risk as best we can, but the Earth will have the final say, always.
  4. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    I will definitely ask them if they have some for me to try. Do you have recommendations on brands, styles, types, etc? I know literally nothing about jump suits and i would hate to spend money on the wrong thing considering I have two kids and they seem to be eating all of my money lately haha. Thanks in advance!
  5. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    It was my third jump for the day, so I was *somewhat* calm lol. What benefits do jumpsuits have? Controlling fall rate? Less prone to covering a handle, obviously. As a student, what type of jump suit should i be looking for? There are many different styles and I am not sure how to differentiate. Suggestions on Brand or manufacturer?
  6. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    Wow. No where in my post did I say that the information did not apply to me. Actually, I specifically stated that I would look for a jumpsuit. When I asked if my shirt looked to be too loose, it was a legitimate question meant to further my knowledge, not justify my error. I was simply stating what I had worn throughout the day as the weather changed. No where did I even begin to negate your advice and assume I knew better or thought it did not apply to me. I dont appreciate your snappy response, though, in which you assume I had attitude or was trying to be aloof. As an educator myself, for future reference, those type of responses to an honest question work quickly against the learning process.
  7. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    I did my first jump that day with a long sleeve fleece pullover that fits tightly (luckily all my warm cloths are old and purchased before I gained 30 lbs, so they are all snug lol) and my last two jumps were done in the snug fitting T-shirt. Does it look like my shirt is too loose? Ill talk to the coach about finding a jumpsuit (or buying one). I was comfortable at 5k AGL, but I am sure 9k at a 120 mph will be cold.
  8. ColoradoJones

    Big SOB:)

    look up Joe DeFranco's limber 11 .... he designed it to help stretch out linemen in the NFL, I use it and I am a little guy (comparatively) at 5'9" and 170
  9. ColoradoJones

    Fear is back

    Im in the same boat ... if seems like my fear disappears after the first jump of the day, but my stomach is in knots before that. current IAD student.
  10. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    Quick update: I talked to the DZO and he felt bad about the whole situation. They kept getting walk on tandems and it was a full day of reservations and he really didnt want to tell me I wasn't going to jump that day. We had a good chat, and came to the conclusion that I should avoid Saturdays until I'm doing full altitude jumps (which is only two jumps away!). I went in yesterday and knocked out three jumps, two practice clear and pulls with a dummy pilot and then I NAILED my first solo clear and pull (IAD student) on the last load of the day!!! I did hang onto my pilot for a second before releasing, but I got it into clean air for sure! I am scheduled for next week for one 10 second delay jump, then all the way to the top for full altitude jumps and freefall! I am stoked!! Full SloMo pull.mp4 Full SloMo pull.mp4
  11. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    I do like the DZ and this is the first issue i have had with them ... i do not regret giving them my business. I was just trying to ascertain from the more experienced crowd whether or not i had a valid grievance before i went to the DZ with it. I called an hour before and spent just over 4 hours there before i left .... so i feel like there was plenty of time to get an instructor there or tell me "hey, your coach wont be here until suchandsuch time ... is that cool?" Weather and lack of gear is one thing to me, and i get it. When i started i was sharing a single rig with another person and we took turns, so im fine with that. Its Colorado and the weather (wind especially) happens, the DZ has no control over that. I get that leaving unannounced may not be cool .... but at the same stroke, neither is having me wait for 4 hours with no communication on when im getting up or just saying "hey, its not happening today". Communication and respect are both two way streets.
  12. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    Thats kind of where my thoughts are. I fully understand with a small DZ with a small staff on a busy day that things wont go as planned.
  13. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    i meant they have just put me and my instructor up on hop and pops before when they had others waiting for full altitude jumps. yesterday however, that was not the case. But again, the purpose of this thread was to ascertain whether or not I had a legitimate expectation before i spoke to them.
  14. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    i get what you are saying, but i called before hand to make sure there would be an instructor for me (I am still jumping with an instructor) ... and i was told yes. Then i spoke with the DZO multiple times throughout the day about getting on a load and was told multiple times "next load". at some point, I have communicated enough and I feel like the responsibility is on the DZO to actually put me on a plane. They have sent me up by myself before, so i feel like it should have been relatively easy to do so. Not only that, I work at a college and have had discussions with them about using them as the home DZ for the skydiving club I am starting ... so at what point do those tandems outweigh the potential college students I will bring in, every year? I just dont feel like this particular situation is one that should be 'sucked up' ... and that feeling seems to be echoed by other replies here as well.
  15. ColoradoJones

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    I always call and make sure I am good to jump. Especially since they are a small DZ and they schedule their instructors day by day. They are not staffed 24/7. If they dont have any pre-bookings for a particular day, they simply dont open. That is why i wanted to make a thread and get the opinions of experience jumpers, to see if this is a normal thing that i just have to suck up and deal with, or if this is out of character. I didnt want to have a conversation with the DZO and seem like a prima-donna, thus hurting my relationship with them if waiting 4 hours is normal. It just frustrated me that they were calling out in the packing area, asking for any fun jumpers to fill seats, while i sat there patiently waiting. Thank you for your opinions, I will take it to heart and have a frank but respectful conversation with the DZ.