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  1. I am really grateful for all the answers, I did appreciate that it was a contentious question. Let me assure you that this will not be a rushed progression. I totally appreciate the variables are too many. Every step change will be made with Coaches input.
  2. Thomas Sports are still in business and an email to them to ask the question, quoting the serial number, will have an answer very quickly. In my case that was within 3 hours when I posed the question to them two months ago They are very approachable
  3. Generalist question and I appreciate that any comments are entirely dependent on coaches input but.... How many "safe landings" would you think are the minimum to fly a canopy with a 1.08 loading? A "safe landing" defined as landing comfortably on feet in winds upto 15 knot within acceptable distance of target
  4. Hi all thanks for letting me join and benefit from reading the collective wisdom contained in these forums. I am an "Oldie Newbie". 35 years ago I did a basic freefall back in my Army days at JSPC Bad Lipespringge, qualified for freefall after static line but a sudden posting meant I never got to continue. Now at 56 years old, the kids have flown the nest, the divorce (and financial ruin) is behind me. So more than 20 years after first setting on the path (wife told me she was pregnant with the first the day I was going to book) I have scheduled an AFF course. Rules in the UK mean I cant do it here so heading to Spain in November. I know I am really old for starting so, having passively read advice on here I am doing regular instructed yoga with a skydive aware yoga instructor, have my first tunnel session the week after next, am running three times a week and have so far lost 4kg (am not overly heavy but know I need to be fitter). All advice really welcomed from the knowledgable but it will be checked with my instructor. Blue Skies
  5. I am indeed booked already for an AFF with 10 consolidation jumps in Spain at the end of November. Since there is no point rushing back to quarentine have booked a further 7 jumps to train FS1 and staying a few extra days to jump some more. I know Covid is still a concern but the case rate but I'll manage my risk accordingly. Oh yeah when I told my missus I was booking she asked me to book for her too
  6. I am at the other end of the scale. I did a basic Freefall course starting on Static lines 36 years ago when I was in the Army. Operational postings meant I fell out of currency and didnt get to keep it up back then, although i dreamed of getting back into it. Fast forward 14 years and I decided to do it again. At that point I was 15kg over my height to weight ration for AFF training so it was a no go. I worked really hard to get the weight off but by the time I had kids were on the horizon and the financial pressures meant it was a no go. That brings me to now. Kids have left home, I am fit healthy and my height to weight is well under the limit, I have never been more ready. But I live in the UK and the agist rules here mean that you can not learn in the UK once you have reached your 55th birthday, which I have. What to do? Well if the dream is big enough the facts dont count so I have found a way to do the training elsewhere and I'll get my jumps in to gain the qualification for my A license overseas. Once I have done that I will cross the bridge of license award in the UK somehow. So my advice to the OP is it may be difficult, it may take some time, but dont lose sight of your dream and dont be disillusioned. Your time will come, and you cam find a way to make it come sooner.