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  1. Hey there Alvk, Nagambie is one and a half hours drive north of Melbourne and is where I'm learning. It's one of the biggest dzs here (although small compared to US ones!)... we have a Cessna caravan that goes to 14 000 ft for AFF. The AFF course is 9 levels, with the 9th level a) and b) hop'n'pops. Level 1 is one whole day's training, then jump the next day: here are the jump prices: The AFF Body flight program. Stage 1 $468 »6 or more people $450 »10 or more people $435 Stage 2,3 $220 Stage 4,5,6,7,8 $175 Stage 9 (Two Jumps) $72 each Video (Optional) $75 Video and Stills (Optional) $105 I think you also get a discount if you pay for all the levels up front. These prices include all gear. It's also a really friendly place to go. They will sometimes do week long courses or have week day jumping depending on pilot availabilityb. The website is at: ..... they have bunks for accommodation, which is free if you're doing AFF, and the countryside around Nagambie is really nice. Also, if you come over the summer months it will (usually!) be very warm, esp. towards the end of summer here. Good luck with your searching, let me know if you decide on Nagambie! Larissa p.s. just read that you're going to Brisbane... I've heard a lot about Ramblers... they share Caravans with Nagambie (and the pilot Pete from Toogoolawah was at Nagambie over our winter...) so they sound good.
  2. nimbus

    is this a silly question?

    Thanks everyone for all your hints and advice. I'll definitely do the packing class before I jump again, and try to get my hands on some of those resources. I feel like I'm at my dz when I'm in here, everyone there is always ready to answer questions and offer advice or just make me feel welcome... one of my JMs has set me homework to reprogram my brain so that when I come to jumping out the door (the bit I'm really having problems with in a mental/psychological way) I see it as a good thing, or as something that leads to a good thing (ie., freefall and canopy ride). One of the things I love about skydiving is the infinite capacity for learning it offers. So keep helping each other, cos it works! cheers, Larissa
  3. nimbus

    is this a silly question?

    This is the first time I've posted in the safety/training forum, it's like I'm at school scared to ask questions which is where I went wrong with math! I have two AFF jumps behind me, and so many questions, which I know I can ask my JMs but as it's winter (almost over!) I haven't been out to the dz much and the last time I went it was a bright blue sunny day and I just watched everyone else jump like a dodo (me the dodo watching, not them jumping...) What questions should I ask about canopy control? I've read some stuff in here about steering with rear risers and realise I am not totally clear on what the risers are and how they fit in with the toggles... (are all the lines risers?) Is there a resource somewhere that details all the parts of a canopy & rig? Next time I go to my dz I'm going to do the packing class they have on Friday nights - will this answer these sort of questions? It's just the more I think about it, the more I realise there is to think about it! My JMs are very approachable and helpful but I thought I'd ask in here as I can't go to the dz for a few weeks and I think about this all the time. At least as a student my emergency response is quite straightforward: mal=pull reserve (SOS), but I think I'll feel more confident if I know all the parts of the canopy/rig. Hope I'm not repeating questions previously answered. Thanks, Larissa "Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly" - Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach