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  1. Message from SKYDIVE ELSINORE JUNE 2020 WELCOME BACK TO THE SKIES FROM THE MIND OF JOSH HALL DROP ZONE MANAGER Starting on June 1st, we will be back to normal operations seven days a week. This will include tandems and AFF first jump courses. Please contact the office for bookings. This will be the last weekend for the free ground portion of recurrency training. You still need to pay for the jump with an instructor. Slots are limited so please contact the office in advance. Make sure to bring your face covering because it is still required to enter the office and when you come up to manifest. Otherwise, since we’re an outdoor activity, it has been decided that face coverings are now recommended but not required. Physical distancing whenever possibly will continue to be recommended. Please be responsible and respectful of others. Thank you and we look forward seeing you all soon!
  2. Just got this email from Skydive San Diego: "Hello Fun Jumpers! If you are a current USPA member, an experienced SDSD jumper, and can jump your own equipment that is in date then you are formally invited to come and jump with us May 23-24! Slots open! This opening period will be strictly invitational and by reservation only. For access to the reservation link and detailed instructions email [email protected] To abide by City and County health rules, all social distancing and mask wearing will be strictly adhered to. If the local Sheriff’s department decides to make a surprise visit, we need to ensure we are following the required guidelines to avoid any adverse recourse. If the management feels that the guidelines are being abused unnecessarily then the individuals involved will be asked to leave the property immediately. Also, no cameras of any kind will be permitted for usage on the property, either on the ground or after takeoff. Only a limited amount of jumpers will be permitted on the property at any given time with that number being at the discretion of the management. No spectators whatsoever, jumpers only. The loads will be half of what you are used to and therefore the price for a solo jump ticket will be $50.00 per skydive. If for whatever reason your account remains in credit once you have finished jumping your balance will be carried forward for the future. Unfortunately we are unable to honor block jumps or past Burble Account credit, yet. Please understand that the price quoted also covers all associated operational costs without profit. We reserve the right to refuse reservations or service to anyone for any reason. Blue skies! Love, Your Dropzone!"
  3. They're now selling Kiss helmets for $199. I wonder if they're coming out with a new model to keep up with the G4...
  4. I'll put in a vote for Elsinore. I started going there with 35 jumps last summer. I learned a lot with their free Excel Camps once a month-Formation Diving. Also, never had any problem finding people and groups to jump with-nice, friendly jumpers there. They usually have 2-3 planes operating on weekends and occasionally bring out the awesome Skyvan! During the warm months, there is a danger of dust devils and very gusty winds, after about 1 pm, but I believe Perris has the same issues. The view to the west is incredible-Pacific Ocean with Catalina & San Clemente Islands. View to the east of Mt. Baldy, Gorgonio, San Jacinto, plus, all the lakes below. A & B licensed jumpers do have to land in the outer LZ, which is mainly dirt from July to November-Grass/weeds grow there during the rainy season.
  5. If anybody has any money left, Square one is having a "28 Day Quarantine Sale." I've been wanting a new Kiss Helmet & they've got them for $219. Also, some altimeters, Parasport jumpsuits, etc. I don't work for them, just got the email announcing the sale and thought I would share it since the prices seem pretty good.
  6. I did pay $129 for a re-currency jump on way my through Utah last summer but it included rig rental and a mini ground school (1/2 hour) since I let my A license go over six months. So maybe it would be the same price as a coached jump?
  7. Mark-Maybe I misunderstood your comment , but why would a DZO or instructor who hasn't been making any money for 1-2 months not look forward to doing $120-150 re-currency jumps with already-licensed jumpers?
  8. I had a funny dream the other night: I was at the DZ but everyone was out of currency except for one instructor! So everybody had to go up one at a time with her to do a re-currency jump ha ha I'll be out or currency (B, almost C license) but I'm sure there will be some C and D license holders who will not. I bet a lot jumpers will need that re-currency jump though. Might be good for the financial health of the DZ and its employees...
  9. Posted on Perris' Website: Skydive Perris will be shutting down our sport and student operations, the Bombshelter Restaurant and Perris Indoor Skydiving until April 3rd. At that time we will evaluate the situation and decide if a longer shut down is warranted. Click HERE for more information and a letter from all of us at Skydive Perris. COVID19 UPDATE To our Skydive Perris Family, What a crazy few weeks it's been. Amazing how things can change so quickly. We hope you are all taking the best care you can of yourselves, each other, your families and the community. With the all the reports and numbers coming in from around the world it has been difficult over the last weeks for us to decide what would be the best thing to do moving forward. But the answer has become clear. There are huge health concerns, enormous economic worries and no way to completely avoid them. Damage has been done in both and it will probably get worse before it gets better. A few things about skydivers come to mind. 1) We as a group are not risk adverse. We make a calculated risk every time we make a jump. A risk we completely understand and can mitigate. 2) We are a very friendly and very social community. We love hanging out together and hardly let another jumper pass without giving them a hug. 3) As a group we're relatively healthy and optimistic. Normally…for these reasons, regardless of what else is going on in the world, if the sun is out and the planes are flying we'll be at the drop zone. However, based on the advice regarding the Coronavirus from both the Conservative White House, the Liberal California State Government as well as the scientific data from the USA and around the world, one thing is for sure. By being at the drop zone together right now we will only stand to make the situation worse. It will make things worse in terms of the health of society and of the long term economy. For these reasons Skydive Perris will be shutting down our sport and student operations, the Bombshelter Restaurant and Perris Indoor Skydiving until April 3. At that time we will evaluate the situation and decide if a longer shut down is warranted. Take care of yourselves. Stay home, watch a movie, read a book, go for walk, head to the mountains, enjoy some quiet time, but please practice social distancing. This too shall pass and we will be sharing our love for the skies and each other again soon. Skydive Perris
  10. In the Southern Californial area, they've pretty much shut down all schools, bars, restaurants (except for takeout), etc.due to Corona Virus. I haven't checked if they're still jumping at Perris and Elsinore.
  11. Forget to say that the TSA agents were pretty respectful/careful and the one who had me remove it asked me to do it since he didn't want to touch it and mess anything up-Pretty considerate...
  12. An update: I carried on my rig from San Diego to Tampa over the holidays. It barely fit in a Samsonite carry-on suitcase with wheels. TSA had me take it out and swabbed it for explosives on the flight out but not on the return since the agent there told me she had seen lots of "parachutes." It helped having the Cypress AAD x-ray printout, which I handed to the first agent running the belt. I also told them it was a skydiving rig/parachute (I find a lot of people don't get the word "skydiving" but they always understand "parachute.") I'm glad I carried it on and it fit no problem in the overhead bins. I checked another bag with my weight belt and hook knife in it. It was opened by TSA both times somewhere along the line (a belt with lead pellets-no wonder ha ha).
  13. Thanks for the great info. That's exactly what I was looking for.
  14. Going to buy a used canopy for the first time and just wondering if private sellers usually just sell the canopy alone or also the pilot chute and D-Bag? Thanks
  15. Yes, it does, and I pull at exactly 3,525 feet ha ha
  16. I upgraded from the Viso II to the Ares II and it was totally worth it. The digits are so much larger in a container that's almost the same size. Plus, I sold the Viso for $250 to a new skydiver who was happy to get the deal-so worked out for both of us.
  17. I would like more info on this as well. I jumped at the Clewiston, FL location a year ago and everything seemed pretty good-Awesome Super Caravan, Good A-license training program (which I did there), etc. Their jump prices are a little high but they do offer an unlimited jump block for a year, which is good at all their locations...
  18. Just wondering if most people carry on their rig on check it down below. This would be for travel within the U.S.A. Also, do you "disguise" your rig in a bag or rig sleeve? Do you keep your hook knife in the pocket if carry-on? Thanks
  19. I suggest going to Lake Elsinore. Smaller than Perris and lots of friendly people-As I discovered when I went there as a newbie with 40 jumps.
  20. Web address defaulted to Did you purchase Go Jump Oceanside?
  21. Just buying the regular closing loops-Made of paracord-type material?
  22. Showed it to the rigger and she said it's because it's packed in so tight. The interesting thing is that Mirage recommended on the phone to me that very container with the exact canopy I bought (a Pulse 190 [low-bulk] in a Mirage G4 M5 - 1/2... I will be downsizing to a 170 pretty soon so that should fit better.