flyhi

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  1. Big city. Take you an hour to drive from end to end. Beaches suck because the St John River dumps out right there. Very silty. Have to go to Daytona Beach for the first good, not great, beach. There is jumping in Herlong. Also down the road in Palatka. Palatka is very friendly with a great group of people. They have a couple of good boogies a year. Haven't jumped Herlong in a while. No input for you there. Deland is 75 to 90 minutes south. They are tearing down the Jax Landing in downtown Jax. Not sure what is going in there. The landing was a Rouse Corp similar to NYC's South Street Seaport or the one in New Orleans. Riverwalk? Maybe. Some great areas to live. Some not so great. Ponte Vedra Beach is nice, but you probably can't afford it. If you could, your butler would be posting on here asking about Jax. Local pro sports is the Jax Jaguars. They'll break your heart. Don't get involved. A lot of UF fans in the area, but some FSU and Georgia as well. UF vs Georgia football is held there every year. Always a big draw. Formerly advertised as the world's biggest cocktail party. The St John River runs north through the middle of the town. Some restaurants and hotels built on the banks. Some docks downtown named Ego Alley for the boats that show up on weekends. A lot of cigarette boats. Not sure how the loss of the Landing will affect that. Large Navy presence. NAS Jax and Naval Station Mayport. Pretty good air show once a year. They use to alternate it one year at NAS Jax and the next year on the beach. Not sure if they still do that. No state income tax. Property tax is not too bad in Jax. Some snowbirds, but most of them go further south. Some people say Jax is northern Florida. Others say southern Georgia. Make up your own mind. And I-95 is always under construction. Always.
  2. A good arch cures a lot of problems. The tunnel is always good. On the floor is also good. As well, stand a distance away from a wall and arch forward with your hips until your belly button only touches the wall. Too easy? Move back. In yoga, there is an exercise called the superman (attached). Using that and adapting it slightly (arms in, legs slight bent, yadda yadda yadda) can also work. Yoga pants not required.
  3. How much does skydiving cost? $1500 to start, then half the money you make for the rest of your life.
  4. Yeah, and he really use to abuse the shit out of it, too. Would come on dropzones and try to organize big ways, would never buy beer, and insisted on using the 45° rule. What a dick. BTW, Alice Cooper has an honorary doctorate. He doesn't have a Bachelors degree. Too much?
  5. At one point, I jumped with an individual named Scott-2. Scott-2 was very motivated to skydive, in the beginning. He eventually decided he had done everything he wanted to do in skydiving, conquered every challenge he wanted to attempt, learned everything skydiving-related he thought he could, felt there was no place left for him to go in the sport, and he quit skydiving. He had 79 jumps. He did come back for a brief spell. Ended up landing in some electrical wires and again, quit the sport. Everyone is different, and things change.
  6. Outside video probably would have provided more info. Hard to tell from handicam video. You had an instructor right there. What did she say?
  7. I have seen free coaching offered at DZs. it was meant to assist the young grasshopper, bit it consisted of using swoop cords, the boxman, and hugging the beach ball if you go low. Great stuff, back in the day. Surprised they didn't throw in balloon suits. Good, quality coaching is worth it. Consider getting on/starting a 4-way team and split the cost. It does make you better.
  8. As long as no one knows WTF DB Cooper is, this site will have a new post every six hours or less.
  9. Are you saying to use a packboy (Sexist! ) to close the D-Bag?
  10. Windline Skydiving Equipment out of Lake Wales makes a nice jump suit for a little lower price.
  11. IMHO, a competition suit will be tighter, with less drag. You'll have spandex or the equivalent for the lower sleeves. The grips will be bigger and you have both inside and outside leg grippers. An RW suit may be dependent on who you jump with. More baggy in the arms and between the arms and the body. I have not seen a lot of people get real upset if you do not have inside leg grippers. I have never seen anyone get upset with smaller grippers. Both save money. I would not consider not getting booties, but some people leave those off, too. I wouldn't, but that also saves money. Look around at the people with whom you jump. Do they fall faster or slower. If you are in with a slower falling group, a competition suit may knock you out of that group. A gross generalization would be that with competition suits, lighter guys wear weights; with RW suits bigger guys wear swoop cords. In competition suits, arching is expected. In RW suits, de arching is de rigueur.
  12. If you want to try Florida, recommend either Skydive Deland or Skydive City in Zephyrhills. Both have very robust AFF programs with a number of options. Both have fun jumper groups on Facebook that often post rooms, apartments, houses for rent for reasonable prices. They both fly seven days a week in the winter, so you could jump as much as you want. Both dropzones host many international jumpers over the winter, so you would be able to meet with a very diverse group while there. You would probably even be able to find others there who speak Canadian. And yes, Zephyrhills is the home of water, so you would also have that going for you. Good luck wherever you opt to learn. Have fun, and remember, a good arch cures a lot of problems.
  13. If you don't know much about computers, Paint probably seems like a pretty rudimentary program. The more you use it, the more powerful you realize it is. Here's a pretty good article that tells people how to use it and some of its strengths. Experienced, mature people can see the utility of it if you tell them it's a good way to mark-up, crop, resize, and share pix of their grandchildren. People of that generation love to share pix of their grandprogeny. In fact, if you want to see pix of mine... https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Microsoft-Paint-in-Windows
  14. From their website: Permanetly Closed After 21 great years of skydiving we are shutting down our opperation at the Laurel Airport. We can't thank all of you enough for the support, jumps and fun over the years. If you have an outstanding Gift Certificate, Voucher or Deposit from the last calendar year please fill out the Refund Request form below. Blue Skies Always sad when a DZ closes. It hurts the sport. Always thought I would try it if I got up that way.
  15. Them's fighting words in places like Elsinore, Eloy, Chicago, Rosharon, Raeford, Deland, and Zephyrhills.
  16. Just renewed my USPA registration and the letter said there were 40,000 member in USPA who thanked me. I would guess 35,000 of them are active. Dropzone.com lists the dropzones in the world (minus the US) as 1061. The US is listed at 343. The ratio there is 3.09:1. So I would guess 108K. And as they say in the 25 Spanish dropzones listed, Quien sabe? Definitely, YMMV
  17. In the movie <I>The Gypsy Moths</I>, one guy does a sequence where he opens four or five chutes at the same time. He uses the technique described above.
  18. How do you feel about wind?
  19. On the hit United States of America TV show, How I Met Your Mother, there is a flashback to a concert by the Canadian singer, Robin Sparkles. At the concert, behind Robin was a banner that read, "Consider Questioning Authority, Please." Robin got it.
  20. Heard good things about https://www.skydivemesquite.com. Never been there. Too far?
  21. Is there more information than this on the site? Can't find it. Also, if you cannot tell from the screen capture, the month is February of next year.
  22. Zero Canadians. One from Cameroon. Maybe trade for Andrew Wiggins?
  23. If your priority in learning how to skydive is scenery, you can try PISC on the North shore of Oahu. They are very good at what they do. On a very clear day, you can see five islands. Rare, but it happens. Other good places include: Skydive Chicago - But you may have to look at corn on the way down. Also, they run their Summerfest the end of July, beginning of August. Probably not the best time to try and go through AFF. Don't know. Give them a call to confirm. Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ - More desert, but you will be looking at it from the other side. Very hot in the summer. A good late fall, winter option. Skydive Deland in Florida - You can see the ocean, Daytona Beach, possibly Cape Canaveral, and at the right point in the day when the sun sits just right, you can catch its glint off the Eyesore on I4. Spectacular. They are all large DZs with full time schools and good instructors. Good luck. Hope it all works out for you.