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  1. Lost the top third of my ear last year to BCC. Ignored the little sore that wouldn't go away for a couple of years until I saw my sister (a dermatology nurse) at a familiy reunion after we exited lockdown in spring, she spotted it in a flash. They dug it all out and now have ears that dont match. Again glad I am in the UK, was free and was done within a month of diagnosis. Worst part was not being able to wear a helmet for a month whilst it healed so being grounded. Thoughts are with anyone who faces down the big C
  2. Done 400 skydives in the last 12 months, all but 40 of them in the UK, if you get to the DZ you can jump pretty regularly in the UK.
  3. In the UK you need to have a B License to jump with a full face helmet, to be honest it is probably the motivating factor for most to get it and, as you have to do additional canopy training and Jump Master, that is a good thing IMHO. We have no limitation on digital altis, indeed some DZs start their students off with them from day one, the rationale being its what they will buy so lets train them on them. Some DZs still insist on analogues but thats most likely as they dont want to invest in the new kit.
  4. Level 3 is a great simple jump, relax after your practice touch, have a good arch and you will be fine
  5. Level 1 is a sensory overload for most people, very few deploy their own pilot chute. The question for you is : " did you enjoy yourself?"
  6. PD changed the control line connection points to improve the flare on the Pulse, it does make a big difference in flare power, flown same canopy before and after revision.
  7. InsureandGo do cover proper skydiving but you need their hazardous activity cover. https://www.insureandgo.com/travel-insurance/adventure-travel-insurance The personal accident or third party liability are excluded whilst skydiving, medical is covered.
  8. You would be surprised by just how many skydivers took many jumps to get past fear and into exileration. On the first 37 jumps my jumping buddy was always fearful and questiining if skydiving was for him, jump 38 he went unstable, corrected and realised he could do it and then started to enjoy each jump. I know an instructor who took over 100 jumps to relax into it. The question to ask yourself is if, once you are out the door and completed the skydive you enjoyed it or not. For myself personally it was changing my thought process, the exit from the plane scared me. I changed my thinking from "exiting the plane" to "entering the skydive". One think to have absolute confidence in is your instructors opinion, if they dont think you can become a safe skydiver they wont want to train you. Listen to them
  9. British Skydiving brought in a medical advisor back at the start of this pandemic stuff to advise on the safe return to skydiving once our lockdown was lifted. The advice was that face coverings are useful in the plane but as soon as the door was opened they could be removed. This served as both protecting the individuals but also the sport from Government intervention beyond the general rules and guidance. As Government rules relaxed so did the skydiving guidance, as infectiins increased individual DZs introduced what they felt was required, ranging from nothing, through masks all the way to everyone taking a test before they could get in the plane.
  10. Had a ride on a 15 year old Tempo this year, opened superbly well (5 months and 26 days since repack) and floated me down beautifully. Repacked and ready for when it is next needed.
  11. I don't have a dog in this fight but... I think the OP does his POV no service by his approach to communication, that may well be just language or culture related. The "counter position" on show is equally disengenuous seeming to want to "shout down" the topic. I am genuinely interested in this "story". If there is a genuine problen here it needs to be investigated properly. We all need to know that when we need that reserve it will deploy. * Having said all that without the supporting data as to who the OP is, where they operate from and whether there is any conflict of interest at play, either by the OP or counter positions, the subject will never be taken on face value. * we make that assumption everytime we jump. In the 2 occasions I have had to carry out my malfunction drills all has been well (not Icon). On the weekend of my last malfunction we had a fatality where the drills were carried out but the Pilot failed to deploy properly (not Icon).
  12. @michaelmullins are you still going to be offering the 28,000 ft Halo as before as well?
  13. Here in the UK you do the 8 levels of AFF and 10 consolidation jumps, all these are done under the watchful eye of AFFI's. Once you have passed all these (and a written exam) you are then "A license". In the UK Relative Work (Formation Skydiving) is a qualification you have to acheive following gaining your license before you can jump with other people. Only a qualified coach can "teach". So an unlicensed skydiver can only jump with AFFI, a new licensed skydiver can only jump with a "coach" until FS1 qualified. The exception to the last bit is that a C licensed skydiver, who is FS1 qualified and has been approved so to do by the DZ CI, may jump with a non FS1 qualified skydiver but they must not coach. This exception enables new skydivers to get some nice pics for their facebook profiles I suppose. These rules are enforced at all DZs as a CI who fails to would be sanctioned.