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  • Main Canopy Size
    150
  • Main Canopy Other
    Jedei 105
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    113
  • AAD
    Cypres

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    Hibaldstow, Uk
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    28146
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA & BPA
  • Number of Jumps
    4000
  • Years in Sport
    14
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    3200
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freeflying

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  1. Think that was my post :-) I had USPA AFF & Tandem ratings when I jumped in the US & europe for several years, then I got my BPA CSI & AFFI ratings and eventually moved back to the UK full time Cheaper & easier because... USPA membership is about a third of the BPA fees, the courses cost less in the US (at least they did back when I did mine!). Higher jump numbers required to go on courses, CH coach, radio license, packing certificates etc to go on the BPA course, CCI recommendation to go on a course, requirement to do a basic instructor rating first, followed by 6 months+ of 'supervision' before your actual course. More jumps on the actual course, some would say a tougher course (I can only compare AFF & would say that was certainly true in my case... but maybe I was just 'lucky' that my examiners for USPA AFF / Tandem were more 'relaxed' than any BPA ones I've met! I've seen a few USPA courses & several BPA ones there is more variation between USPA examiners than in the UK - a small country with smaller number of examiners means the course & standards are pretty standard across the UK) If you live outside of the UK getting & keeping a BPA rating is tough work :-) You can do a USPA rating almost anywhere in the world... you can only do the BPA one in the UK. Renewing a BPA rating requires a CCI & an examiner to sign you off each year where as you can track down a S&TA at almost any dz :-) BPA currency requirements (plus drills for tandem instructors).... I could go on :-) Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  2. Not sure about Lillo but Seville has at least on BPA rated advanced instructor. Brutus> Not sure if the British instructors that you reffered to at Ocana are BPA rated. Lots of Brits working full-time outside of the UK just maintain a USPA rating as it's simpler / cheaper :-) Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  3. Have a look at the residential weeks :-) http://www.skydiving.co.uk/Accelerated1week.htm But do have some extra days available in the weeks or months after the week in case the weather doesn't cooperate! Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  4. Have you had a look here? http://www.bpa.org.uk/member/insurance-and-travel/travel-checklist-for-skydivers/ Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  5. Have a look at www.skydivespain.com they do BPA & have a UK centre in case you don't get finished in Spain. Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  6. Pretty sure Cat Adam is working there. Awesome coach & flyer :-) Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  7. Sure doesn't look like any part of Scotland I've ever seen!! Maybe that's why they're charging 120 GBP fpr the postage!! Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  8. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150743325800&fromMakeTrack=true Could be genuine but the ad just doesn't sound like it was written by a skydiver!! Anyone recognise the rig? Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  9. Thanks for the heads up. UK skydiving/ BASE are pretty small communities and we've already been made aware of the interesting posts on BASEjumper.com If his aim was to get attention he's certainly succeeded although I hope he's now realised this isn't the best way to get noticed if he wants to be part of those communities in the future! Mark isn't local & has only spent 2 weeks on our DZ over a 2 year period so I'm not sure that he's that committed to learning to skydive! That's a shame as he could probably be reasonable skydiver if he made some effort! From my brief contact with him he seems like an intelligent guy so hopefully he'll take on board a fraction of the comments flying around the forums, realise there isn't a short-cut and spend the next few years working hard on his skydiving / packing / canopy control & trying to bridge the gap between his ambitions and his abilities! Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  10. http://www.bpa.org.uk/member/form Section 4 - Instructors will give you an outline of what's involved. Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  11. You can join USPA either as a temp or full member (Depending on the DZ you may need to in order to jump there anyway!) http://www.uspa.org/USPAMembers/Membership/Benefits/tabid/90/Default.aspx Or join BPA (especially if you are going to be jumping in the UK after AFF http://www.bpa.org.uk/member http://www.bpa.org.uk/member/insurance--travel Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  12. Once again great customer service from these guys. I returned my Viso (3 years of heavy use and had issue with reset button not working) and had a brand new Viso2 sent back... and all within a week! Thanks :-) Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  13. With 100+ jumps and a B license you should have no problems jumping in the UK provided you are current and have a fully up to date and complete logbook (so spend a few mnutes checking it is complete & signed before you go to the dz). UK and USPA 'A 'licnses aren't exactly equivalent but by the time you get to B licenses they are broadly similar. You'll need to join the BPA in order to jump in the UK, either temp. membership for 30 days or full member if you are staying a while. You also need a medical form - you can self declare yourself fit to skydive if you ar under 40 and have no previous medical conditions. Over 40 or pre-existing conditions require a doctor to complete a BPA medical form. Expect to have your gear checked and documents inspected at each DZ you jump at. Make sure your reserve is in date and you have the paperwork with the rig and if you have a vigil you'll can prove the date of the cutter! If you are uncurrent, or don't have your paperwork then call the DZ you are hoping to jump at to discuss it with them. Each DZ will have a CCI (centre chief instructor) who has the final say on any safety matters at the dz and there can be quite a bit of variability between them! Hope this helps! Oh and bring lots of layers and some gloves.... it's still not warm here! Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!
  14. After 5 years you will have to start from scratch which ever training method you choose. As you progress through RAPS you will at some point have to do jumps from altitude and do backloops and tracking and have to pass those jumps just like you would do on a L6 but it'll take longer and more jumps to get to that point. The only benefit I can see to going to RAPS after having got as far as L6 is if you can't afford to do AFF. What is stopping you from re-starting AFF? Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things!