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ufk22 last won the day on June 26 2019

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  1. “Reserves are really docile, and you weigh less after chopping.” And I thought I’d heard every bs line in the sport! Can we still say DGIT, or is that insensitive?
  2. Depending on the student, either C or D.
  3. OK, you don’t have a lot of money for skydiving. The best thing for you would be to drive a little longer so you can afford more,jumps. As a student, 2-3 jumps is a pretty big day. Any more and you will probably not learn much. The mental part. Staying current is a big part of learning, and if you can afford 3 jumps every weekend at an IAD DZ, but would have to limit jumps and weekends at an AFF DZ because of money, you will progress faster by jumping more at the IAD DZ. Both methods have their advantages, but what a DZ offers is usually about economics. It makes more sense for a Cessna DZ to do IAD/SL, and it makes more sense for a Turbine DZ to do AFF. By 50 jumps, skills will be the same. My home DZ only offers S/L for the FJC, then transition to AFF (or not) after the first jump.
  4. This is the essence of the PLF. Don’t take this as a personal shot at you, this is about me and a lot of us. I too thought that some things should be changed in training when I had a few hundred jumps and started working with students. It took another few hundred jumps and working with a bunch of students to figure out how much I really knew. This was before the ISP, when training was different at every different drop zone. You, like me back then, are not totally wrong. What you need to remember is that PLF’s are taught in the FJC. The whole purpose of the FJC, and even the entire student progression in the ISP, is not to teach the student to be a great skydiver. It is to give them a base to build on. The PLF is a relatively simple multi purpose technique. It is a basic method to minimize injury. I would no more expect this to be the only technique for someone with a couple hundred jumps to deal with a downwind landing than I would expect then to use a single stage flare. USPA has come a long way over the last 20 years with the ISP, both in it’s original form and what it has evolved into. There have been changes and there will be more. The current and former directors of Safety and Training have moved thing ever forward. The current Chair of the Safety and Training committee, along with the committee members are constantly modifying the program, making changes when they make sense, but not trying to reinvent what works. Bottom line, you’re right that there are a lot of variations on the PLF that, in certain circumstances work better than the exact version taught to students. But the basic PLF is what the student needs and should be taught. My concern is that in this age of modern parachutes it isn’t taught and practiced enough.
  5. 1st year in sport, wanted to talk to everybody about it and expected most would love it. 2nd-4th year in sport, loved to talk about it but realized most would never do it. 5th-30th year in the sport, change the subject when someone brings it up, having heard every wuffo skydiving story and joke way too many times.
  6. So, without second-guessing and/or flaming someone.... I assume your “coach” was an AFF I. If not, they had no business pulling for you. I assume it took a minute for you and the coach to figure out what was going on, and a minute takes you from altitude to 3500’. So, no “what were you doing waiting that long”. In the end, YOU deployed your reserve. You did your job. This is an ugly situation, especially with low jump numbers. Advice; in this situation, with a fully inflated reserve, the proper course would be to disconnect the RSL, look to be sure the main risers weren’t interwoven with the reserve, and chop the main up high before it inflated. I’m assuming, based on what you have said, that you were under your reserve for a while prior to it inflating. As to whether a DZ will allow you to jump with this injury, the more important thing is what could happen if you have another rough landing (not necessarily as bad as this one). I know someone who broke his neck (full halo for a couple of months), then shortly after coming back to the sport broke his back, then came back again and is now very involved in big-way jumping. He had a lot more jumps than you when this started. I also know someone who quit the sport after this type of injury, as he felt the financial implications of another serious injury would not be fair to his family.
  7. While you can take the test online, it must be proctored by a USPA S&TA or I-E. This means in person.
  8. This isn’t about a non-warm welcome, this is about you and your safety. You’ve got 30 some jumps, a 2 year layoff, and you were seriously injured on your last jump. My point is you should take the FJC, not just plan on some review and a jump. You yourself commented on how uneasy you felt about your canopy skills in your other post. Just my recommendation. As an C-E, a S/L I-E, and a AFF D-E.
  9. Just replied to your other post... I jump in Fargo. Are you signed up for a FJC? I hope you are not planning on just showing up for a recurrency jump.
  10. You were a low time jumper and did not know about the difference in parachute performance at high altitudes. Take the FJC, ask for radio assistance, and definitely practice PLF’s. Nothing against the DZ where you were trained, as Spaceland has a great program, but I everyone thinks their training was “the best”. PLF’s are something that receive very little time in most student programs. This is pretty universal since round mains and reserves went away, but when things go wrong, a good PLF can save you.
  11. Only with special clearance from headquarters. Under normal circumstance, group member drop zone is required.
  12. I guess the fact that you refer to dives by number (4 or 5) rather than by letter, to start with, and then mention including docking as part of the dive flow, and then question why we teach to not use us as a reference for what I assume is D-1 and D-2 (intentional turns)...? As to DZ’s doing their own thing, that is the common problem. Not just DZ’s, but also instructors. It’s pretty common, not just in skydiving, but very common IN skydiving, to resist change. The “this is how I was trained, I turned out OK, so this is how I train” attitude, or even worse the “I invented a better way”, or the worst, “I figured this out because of a potential problem that might or might not have ever even occurred” are all things I have seen way to many times and continue to see. The ISP isn’t perfect, nothing ever is, but it is the best, has the most up to date techniques, and has the best potential for uniform student training and advancement.
  13. Being a small club DZ, at Skydive Fargo you actually get more than what you pay for. All 25 jumps include a coach or instructor flying with you. No extra charge. That being said, this program is not designed to bring in outsiders, as free coaching is a money losing proposition. It is all about bringing new local skydivers into the sport and growing our club. On a side note, we also offer AFF. It also includes coaches flying with you through A license.
  14. So, you run AFF ratings courses that don’t follow the ISP? ie, include docking in early dives? Is your Examiner rating from USPA?
  15. This is NOT a common malfunction, it’s actually fairly rare.