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  1. peregrinerose

    Weight belt and colostomy

    Get a weight vest instead. Or a very snug jumpsuit, tight nylon, spandex arms, good hard arch.
  2. peregrinerose

    Legally blind?

    Yes. I believe John Flemming and Dan Rossi both have a few hundred jumps, both are totally blind. I had a legally blind student (retinitis pigmntosa) who did very well on his first jump, no modifications for him other than where we showed hand signals. I'm a low vision rehab optometrist, so if you can be more specific that 'legally blind' (diagnosis would be helpful at the very least) I can give a lot more information.
  3. First of all... are you an engineer? Just a hunch Do you have video of your landing? That would be helpful given that you don't know what your leg position actually was on landing. My best guess is that you may have reached for the ground or didn't have them up enough. Your height difference has little to do with it. There are some good pics on here somewhere of a female TI, a tiny little girl, with a tandem 'student' that is well over 6' tall. There's a female TI at a DZ I frequent that often takes guys a foot taller than she is, doesn't seem to affect her landings at all. About sit vs. stand landings... imagine coordinating 4 legs on two different people precicely so that you aren't tripping each other on landing. Not always feasable or practical, so sliding landings are often used. Pros and cons to both, that I'm sure the TIs will pipe up with (I'm not a TI but I did sleep with one last night
  4. peregrinerose

    Maytown Jumpers.

    I live near Harrisburg, and work in Harrisburg, I'd be willing to give you a ride if the times work with my work schedule. Maytown has an email list, and if you can be specific on dates/times you'd need a ride, I can almost guarantee you'll have it covered
  5. peregrinerose

    Blue Skies Scott Doyle

    Scott was a hell of a guy, and helped introduce me to the sport of skydiving.... He taught my first jump course. There he was, at the front of the room, shiny new coach rating in hand, introducing himself... "My name is Scott Doyle, I have about 130 skydives..." at which point, I about crawled under my chair in horror... my husband is a jumper, so I knew 130 jumps wasn't a lot... and this new kid was supposed to teach me to save my own life???? WTF???? Years later, after he did a splendid job teaching the course by the way, we shared a good laugh over my initial reaction over a couple of beers in NC, at one of the Thanksgiving boogies. When my husband and I left our previous home DZ for a new one with mixed feelings, it was Scott that emailed me first, making me laugh at the situation and making me realize that everything would be ok in the end. Scott, you are one of the most loved skydivers I've ever met, with a huge heart and infectious smile. I will always think of you teaching my first jump course, and relaying that great story about you with a big orange mallet. You know the one I mean
  6. peregrinerose

    CurvZ Lens color

    Blue light is damaging to the retina/macula and has been linked to macular degeneration. It increases glare due to the increased scatter in blue/violet wavelenths compared to other colors. It decreases contrast sensitivity and alters colors. Red tints will significantly impair color vision although may help somewhat with glare. If you want a functional sunlens, get a polarized amber if you are glare sensitive or polarized gray if you want a little bit darker tint. Ideally go with clear so that other jumpers can see where you're looking and can thus communicate with you far more effectively in freefall. You block off a large hunk of how other jumpers can read you in freefall by blocking their ability to see your eyes.
  7. peregrinerose

    Collegeville, PA Accuracy Scrambles!

    Shameless bump as the time is getting closer. The DZ now sports a building and area to camp in, showers, restrooms, and it's very own grill... camp out and have fun, maybe make a little money if you have decent accuracy
  8. I've never heard of anyone 'gagging' to do AFF before. I'm glad I won't be your instructor... getting puked on isn't my thing Part of your training is how to do a PLF (parachute landing fall) which is designed to distribute impact of a less than ideal landing or landing situation (trees, corn, water, etc) over your entire body to help minimize damage done. I'd recommend being a darn good PLFer (but then again, every student should be that!). A good stand up landing does not require you to be a fast runner... I certainly am no sprinter and do just fine, with practice and training, you will too. Your doctor has approved of jumping, so as long as you make the DZ staff aware of your situation and past injuries so they can train you accordingly... go have fun. One of my AFF students last year was run over by a car, literally. Destroyed his pelvis, femur, lots of guts. He had some issues being a little lopsided in freefall which caused him to turn, but he fixed the problem and did great.
  9. peregrinerose

    AFFi's - Your AFF experiences? best and worst...

    I don't have many stories as I've only been an AFFI for a little over a year.... but a recent 'best'.. Last weekend, for her 18th birthday, a girl jumped. She was typical teen at first, all eye-rolling and snotty, but the more I worked with her, the more of her story came out. She was extremely quiet, very shy, had been in 'a facility' for residential treatment of some form, I gathered behaviorally related. She was very insecure, that rough age that girls go through of no faith in themselves, no real concept that THEY are in control of their lives. It was one of her mentors that inspired her to skydive. So, we're in the plane on the ride up, she's fine. Until the door opens. And then she's fetal trying to merge with the pilot's seat (cessna). I ask if she's ready to skydive. She says no. I offer a go-around, or ride the plane down. She says, 'let's just do this and be done with it'. I verify that she's sure, she is. I climb out, vidiot climbs out. She is staring out the plane, absolutely fucking terrified. I'd never seen that kind of fear before. So the reserve instructor pretty much nudges her out the door, she's moving like she wants to go, so I grab her harness and yank her on the step. She has a death grip on the strut and looks completely paniced. So I start screaming 'check in, check out, prop, up, down, arch' in her ear. She goes through all the motions, has the nicest exit I've had yet with a student, despite the fact that she screamed her guts out (a first for me to hear an AFF student scream). About 3 seconds into freefall, she scissors kicks, but the rest of the jump is fine. She did everything she was supposed to, pulled at 6 k. When we landed, it was like meeting a completely different woman... she walked straighter, made eye contact, stood taller, and for the first time, she had a huge grin on her face. I made sure that she knew that SHE made the jump, SHE did the work, and she did a great job! Of all the students I've worked with, she's the one I hope the most comes back. Best part is... all of this is on video
  10. peregrinerose

    Visually Impaired Software

    First, don't ever buy something, no matter how well intentioned, for someone else. They see with eyes you can't even begin to understand, and software preferences/needs are very individual. Second, there may be ways to get devices covered (Lions clubs, local vision/blindness centers, state organizations). Third, the best tools in the world are useless without some really good training. And finally, there is no one tool that suits every person. Sometimes all that's needed are special glasses or tints, sometimes special contact lenses, sometimes just a bigger computer monitor or different lighting options. My specialty is low vision rehabilitation, so this is what I do a LOT of for a living, and I learned very quickly that even with the same visual acuity and same disease diagnosis, two people will function very very differently. Where does your friend live? I may be able to give some good contact people depending on where he is. What condition does he have? Does he work? What are his goals? What does HE want to do with his vision? JAWS and Magic are good, so is ZoomText ( You can download a free 30 day trial of ZoomText from the web site, but a little training will go a long way in making your friend proficient with it.
  11. You might want to put a little more thought into this procedure. First, what do you learn about your canopy's flight characteristics by burying a toggle and spinning around? Sure, it's fun, but all you've learned is how to toggle whip. There are a lot more control inputs that you should be gaining experience with. Take a couple of canopy courses (I try to do one a year, and learn more each time) Next, since you are hell bent on burying a toggle, what is your first instinct going to be when you need to avoid another jumper, obstacle, etc at a fairly low altitude? Probably to yank a toggle, as that's what you know how to do well. This will probably have adverse effects on your landing. Finally, airspace. Vertical separation among canopies is every bit as important as horizontal separation. When you spiral down, you have closed the distance between you and other jumpers, making more people landing at the same time in the same landing area. By keeping good vertical separation, you make the landing area that much less congested, and thus safer. I don't swoop, I'm at a 1.3 WL on my 135. I love to spin under canopy as much as you do. But I don't do it very often for the reasons I cited above. Please put a lot more thought into your actions under canopy and how they affect traffic overall, landing patterns, your individual learning of canopy flight. You have a lot to learn (This isn't a rip on you... I still have a lot to learn too!)
  12. peregrinerose

    D-Day veteran makes a solo IAD

    Clickified because I'm bored at work.
  13. clickified for you
  14. peregrinerose

    Kutztown Skydiving Center Accuracy Scrambles June 21

    Actually, it's not tips I'll donate. Any fun jumper that I pack for will be entirely in exchange for donations for the walk, I won't make anything at all. Basically, Sue, Alex and I will do whatever we can to procure donations
  15. peregrinerose

    USPA AFFI Requirements

    You are reading right, no jump requirement (tandem requires 500 jumps and 3 years in the sport, that's probalby what you're thinking of)