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    YPK: Pitt Meadows BC (pacificskydivers.bc.ca)
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  1. Ether

    Are Coaches the Weakest Link?

    Yes yes yes! Not knowing who I can ask for a coach jump (e.g. who is best able to teach the skills I am looking for at the time), and who is even interested in doing a coach jump(s) with someone who may need a bit of extra help, has kept me away from the DZ more weekends than I actually showed up. Being more closely connected with a coach or two would help considerably. Also the whole process of "okay now I've got my solo; now what?" would have gone a lot more smoothly if I had had someone specific to talk to for advice. I ended up talking to the DZOs directly, which while helpful, most of the time they were simply too busy to help very much. Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  2. Ether

    Seriously?

    This is for resellability, yes? Are there particular areas of the rig that can be custom embroidered that are easily (and cheaply) replaceable if the rig is resold? I'm thinking perhaps riser covers, or main cutaway pillow. Personally I'm thinking that when I buy new, I'll have "D22" put on it.. since that's the name I've kinda been stuck with at my local DZ.. Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  3. Ether

    THANK GOD FOR GLOVES

    Ok, I read the thread from a few years ago that covered this ground.. someone said "well what about wrist-mounted altimeters? aren't they a snag hazard too?" and on thinking about it, I'm not so sure that they're not... Sure, the wrist strap is velcro and *theoretically* the velcro should give way before your hand or wrist... but the sheer (sideways pull) strength for velcro is way strong er than the peel strength. Picture something (a disconnected riser, or the bridle perhaps) wrapped around the altimeter and pulling parallel to your arm. Is the strap going to open? Perhaps someone can rig something up with a force meter to test... Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  4. Ether

    How to "safely" use your reserve?

    It entirely depends on the jumper and the area -- e.g. if you live near Norway, you might do lots of terminal jumps from the large objects there. Of course, the rig is configured differently for such jumps -- perhaps different canopy, but certainly different slider and pilot chute than a 0- or 2-second delay jump. Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  5. Ether

    What was YOUR bottleneck?

    Yeah, I love Kamloops... I even had an intimate relationship with your taxiway sign (see avatar picture) Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  6. Ether

    What was YOUR bottleneck?

    The DZ atmosphere is kind of funny, but not much different from others as far as I can tell. Sometimes it feels like I'm back in high school again and I'm the geek in the corner watching the jocks run around having fun (something someone else observed quietly to me once too). No, mostly it's just that I'm very, very, shy, and that doesn't pair well with being a perfectionist and not having great self-confidence in my physical ability. My learning curve is very odd -- I appear to not have gotten the hang of anything at all until I fully understand all components and can put it all together, and then BAM! I've got it all right -- great at work when I can get up to speed on new things quickly, but crappy on the dropzone when I screw up everything and get the bowling speech before getting my solo (and then a hospital ride at a boogie). I took up skydiving precisely because it's such a challenge though, so I think I'll be sticking with it... Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  7. Ether

    What was YOUR bottleneck?

    I'm stuck at solo status because I'm too shy to ask for a coach to help me sign off my 'A' licence requirements. Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  8. Ether

    What's wrong with this picture?

    I had brought something else for my FJC (probably my nice new white sneakers), but after I got covered in mud (it was very early in the spring and most of the LZ was still an inch under water), I started bringing shoes I was more comfortable getting filthy. I don't recall anyone saying anything about the metal hooks, but I had already become a dz.com whore by that point and had read about snag hazards on my own... (edited to be more clear that my instructors didn't let anything slide here...) Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  9. Ether

    Serious landing issues...

    Thanks for this entire thread... it's all sounding very familiar to my own situation. Try not to give up hope.. Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  10. Ether

    What's wrong with this picture?

    During opening shock of my first jump (an IAD), my legs bent up 180 degrees and my feet came very close to the lines. Most of my student jumps were done wearing low-rise hiking shoes (stiff impact-absorbing soles) which had metal hook closures, so I started wearing short gaiters to cover up the hooks in case I ever had such crappy body positioning again (which I did). I got a few stares at the dropzone, but everyone went "oh, ahh, of course" when I explained what I was doing. Since then I've worn loose and sloppy sneakers which have no such issues, as I stopped having hard landings :) Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  11. Yeah, and I bet Jeb Corliss has spent even more time than that thinking about it! Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  12. Ether

    Frickin Tandem Factories....

    And maybe *that* is the heart of the matter. Insert crosslink to NickDG's excellent thread. Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  13. Ether

    Frickin Tandem Factories....

    Yeah totally! Last year when I was a student I spent entire weekends at the DZ, arriving at 9am, waiting until 5 or 6pm to do a single jump, then the evening wind arrived.. I did my FJC in March and didn't get solo until July. :/ I didn't blame the tandems though.. it seemed a simple matter of not enough instructors with the right ratings to go around. Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  14. Ether

    Frickin Tandem Factories....

    I started skydiving last year, after reading and thinking about it for a year or so before that. My first thoughts were "I don't think I could ever do that", but, as is the case with other things in my life, that's where the seed started and where the initial appeal came from. I started because it was hard, not because it was easy. So, I did a FJC and an IAD jump last year and went down the road of making lots of mistakes before finally getting my solo (e.g. there's a hospital bracelet stapled to jump #15's entry in my log book..). I never did a tandem and have still not done a tandem... My first jump was mindblowing because I had no idea what to expect, and it was all new. Putting that first foot out onto the step of the cessna and feeling the rush of the wind for the first time was like nothing else I had ever experienced. Now this year my DZ has made a tandem jump a prerequisite for the FJC, and I see that as somewhat unfortunate. I can see the reasoning, as a few students went in last year from what were apparently errors in judgement and it is perfectly sensible for the DZ to want to screen out the people who are going to panic, but it still seems somewhat sad, and I'm happy I started last year so I could skip the carnival ride and go right to the difficult stuff. Skydiving is still challenging, but that keeps me coming back. I don't know what I'll do when I start having "just another skydive". Maybe switch to BASE. Looking for newbie rig, all components...
  15. What about a poorly-folded PC resulting in the bridle tightening in a loop around the PC? I've seen many methods for folding a PC, and some methods seem to make this entirely probable (especially if the spare bridle is left loose in the BOC rather than folded inside the PC, or say if the bridle loops around itself inside the folds). Looking for newbie rig, all components...