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Posts posted by jumpher10

  1. I have found for myself, that while I find no comfort in accepting the worst possible outcomes that I do accept it and that allows me to not think about it and focus on the dive, which is where the focus should be.
    I didnt take AFF, but I did sit through a couple hours of a course after i was licensed with a friend of myne who was taking it. I was scared for my buddy, b/c i could barely follow along with all the material that was being spit out. He told me the course just felt like a blur and that he felt like he didnt retain alot. Now thats a scary thought when you're going up for your first jump.
    I took the static line course. I liked it b/c it was a slower progression. It allowed me to absorb all the things that were taught to me. Basically was safety procedures, arching and flying the canopy. That felt way more manageable than if i had to go to altitude and do freefall. I can't imagine how overwhelming that would be. And thats what i mean when i say "dont ride above your head". Focus on less and you'll absorb more. Then once you are comfortable and ready move on to the next thing.

    You can increase your safety odds. Learn from others mistakes, slow your progression by working on things you struggle with until its easy, plan your jumps in detail, find a jump partner that can work with you. Lots of things you can do.
    Skydiving is a risk. Is it worth it for you? You're the only one who can answer that.

  2. Well I can't speak from experience with a serious injury in the sport, but I can speak from scary moments. I raced motocross for 10 years, and have been skydiving for 3 and have 160 jumps, 2 BASE. I have never broken a bone. The worst I've had is a concussion early on in my motocross racing. Now some may call this lucky. Id like to think its some luck but mostly good decision making and proper safety precautions. Heres what I do: understand and learn from my mistakes to avoid repeating them in the future, and I think the one that has kept me healthy all along is NOT "riding above my head"(its a saying in motocross) or know your current capabilities and skill level. Alot of people tend to push it to hard, to quickly with out mastering all the basics first. And thats when you get hurt.
    I think if you can do those two things consistently then you'll increase the safety of your jumps. And as one of the other guys said in a previous post, everytime you go to jump, you should be ok with the worst possible outcome as a possibility. Or else I wouldnt make that jump.