Hey all... I did my FJC last year, some time around July (at Nagambie, Victoria, Australia). It's been hard for me to get down to the dropzone in the interim, to the point where I've only managed to make it to stage 7. The instructors were keen for us to do stages 1 and 2 together, and 3 and 4, so I did. I had a few months off between 6 and 7, to the point where I was pretty apprehensive about jumping again for the last one. I've been nailing my stages, despite the gaps, but I'm wondering if I'm missing or losing things because of the big gaps - it'll have been a good four months since 7 before I can do stage 8. (I'm not sure if AFF courses are the same everywhere - ours includes a two-jump stage 9 consisting of low-altitude hop-n-pops.) In particular, I feel like I have no feel for spotting, and I haven't learned to pack (the DZ has packing classes seperately, and I haven't been able to get there on those nights). So my question is, should I be worried? Should I delay coming off student status and repeat some stages, or just ask for more help between then and finishing my A license? -- "I'll tell you how all skydivers are judged, . They are judged by the laws of physics." - kkeenan "You jump out, pull the string and either live or die. What's there to be good at?