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  1. Orange1

    Good dz Cape Town

    They take fun jumpers too and unless things have changed in the while I haven't been jumping, it's easier to get on a load as a solo to fill up with tandems than as a team. It's a Cessna dz btw. There are other DZs in the western cape but they take a while to get to from CT. And stunning views from altitude
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    Fun Jumping in South Africa, Capetown

    Skydive Cape Town is open 7 days a week. Robertson is open weekends, Walker Bay is open weekends but you need a B licence. The other western cape dropzones are probably too far for a daytrip from CT.
  3. See also this thread;search_string=ATV;#3220566 for "background" discussion
  4. Orange1

    Hi from South Africa

    Welcome to the sport and the forums
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    I 5 Strangler, skydiver?

    They didn't find a plane ticket with the name "Dan Cooper" among his belongings by any chance...?
  6. Interesting article, but I found this a bit "pat": People skydive even in countries which aren't rich and safety-obsessed, and in places like Bosnia where one might think they have been exposed to all the risk they would want in a lifetime. Personally I think you get more skydivers in places like the US simply because more people in rich countries can afford to jump!
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    Confident day Vs. Fear

    Yes, these feelings are normal! One thing I was told a number of times is that a lot of it is in the mind (especially if you are an 'achiever" and don't like to fail...) I do think getting ready with plenty of time so you don't have to rush helps; going over your dive plan, all the way from climbout to landing, a number of times helps; practising EPs helps so you know that you know what to do. Tunnel will help, and may give you extra confidence. Should you have jumped again? Hard question to answer. There were times I felt the same as you and didn't; and there were times I pushed myself through. I have to say, on those ones, I always felt glad I had jumped afterwards. But - imo - if you only jump on "confident" days I suspect you will find those "confident" days become fewer and fewer. I found the best thing to build confidence was to jump - to reach the point where you look forward to the door opening rather than feel your heart lurch into your mouth when it does
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    AFF Level 2, not so good...long

    OK so... you have to repeat the level. Other than that, I'm battling a bit to see why you are beating yourself up so much! Landing pattern needs improving? Body position needs improving? There are people with many more than 3 jumps who can still say that! You had a good, stable exit, you pulled on time (I would say that's better than trying to complete the tasks and pulling low, and certainly shows you had altitude awareness), you're becoming more aware of what's going on in the air... all in all sounds like a reasonably good jump to me! It's good, of course, that you want to improve, but some things take time to become natural. Good luck with your next jump!
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    nice pic from Africa

    er, did you mean to land so close to those cars?
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    1st 7 Way over Texas

    What altitude would that jump have been made at? I am constantly amazed at the stuff the "oldies" had to go through to get us to where we are today (and grateful for it). I can't even imagine trying to manouevre in freefall with all that gear and those boots!!!
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    25 years ago...

    what a cool photo - that smile!!! that gear looks heavy!!!
  12. Orange1

    New skydiving girl!

    Well, officially welcome then! oh, and join the who-needs-a-new-car-anyway club
  13. Orange1

    Doing AFF in Mexico

    I know of a broken ankle which was apparently linked to a student not understanding the instructor properly (English second language for the student) - not sure how the best way to go about it is but you do need to ensure that you have an instructor you can understand! Safety should be priority and I think this should be construed as a reasonable request - assuming they do have English speaking instructors. Part of the course will be about things that don't go as planned and how to respond to them. I understand it's normal for instructors to introduce themselves by telling you their traing and experience. I'm sure you can ask any questions that aren't answered. If you stick around, eventually Sensory overload is normal on the first jump... maybe you should have done a bit more on that 2nd jump, but you wouldn't be the first student to do that. Not sure how much training you had before your second tandem, but AFF ground school will be a lot more intense and the dives and emergency procedures will be drilled. (But if you keep on not getting it right, you'll get a speech about bowling.)
  14. You can bring him out to South Africa, as long as you sign parental consent....
  15. Orange1

    Troy Hartman & the upside down Jumper,

    Saw the show a while ago. Your "James Bond" situation can and has worked. It helps if the planes also carry SL jumpers, because then they do have knives on board... [thinks... wasn't there another thread about this? i'm getting a "deja vu" feeling]
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    Wish we had these prices again

    What was "guaranteed freefall"? And presume "Passenger rides" was pax in the plane, not tandem?
  17. are those military uniforms?
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    Want to learn, need your opinion

    YES!!! (In fact, with SL you jump on your own from the word go, but I guess what you are really asking is will you be cleared for self-supervision) As to SL vs AFF, there are many threads here, do a search; they can get quite heated. Generally people tend to like whatever they have done themselves. I did a bit of both and can see advantages to both. AFF is more expensive but is faster. Either way, you will reach a point where you (a) cleared for solo jumps and (b) graduate off student status.
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    15 years in the sport now

    Congratulations, that's awesome Hope I can post something like this in 14 years' time!
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    Speculation in Incidents

    I've been wanting to ask this too. I can understand I think that water would make visual alti awareness very difficult , and that goes back to the other alti awareness threads: someone posted once that visual alti awareness doesn't always work that well at unfamiliar DZs, and I can imagine this would be exacerbated jumping over water? fwiw when we were taught hazardous landings in FJC, we were taught not to chop until our feet hit the water because it is very difficult to judge height over water.
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    Got the A!

    Congratulations! Now the fun begins!
  22. Orange1

    Newbie saying HI

    Hey, welcome to the forums and the sport! Fill in your profile so I know who you are when I'm next at the DZ - are you at SCT or Citrusdal?
  23. Orange1

    New here and saying hi

    Welcome! Let us know how your jump goes and also if you continue to think "hobby" (as opposed to, for example, all-consuming obsession) is the appropriate term
  24. I can sympathise with the mental thing - I'm at a block at the moment as well (so will be watching replies with interest) re ripcord pulls - do you wear a wrist-mount alti? I found the easiest way to keep my arch & head up at pull time as well as bring my left hand forward properly was to train myself to look at the alti as i was pulling - you may want to try that. are you getting video'd on your AFF? It doesn't sound like it - if you have that option I would strongly suggest it - it makes a big difference from being told what you did, to actually seeing it. And good luck - you sound like you really want to do this, which means you will succeed
  25. Orange1

    Newbie in Love

    Welcome to the sport!! My 4-year old also loves imitating what she watches me do during briefings/dirt dives!!