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  1. livendive

    Ritzville Boogie July 4

    Pete, you are SUCH a dick! Blues, Dave
  2. livendive

    Psychological issues of a students first free fall

    I bolded a potential third lesson. Just out of curiousity, how much experience do you have with first freefall students (S/L or IAD progression)? The arch is certainly important and should by no means be disregarded, but the real key to a successful clear and pull is, well, clearing and pulling. Body position on exit that is similar to a first jump student isn't terribly uncommon (although the reserve pull is), and while improving it is important, it shouldn't disrupt the normal order of priorities. I take my students a little higher for the first C&P, and assess them favorably if, after kicking for a second, they regain their senses and take an extra second or two (not five+) to arch before pulling. Blues, Dave
  3. livendive

    Whats your pay at your DZ

    Blues, Dave
  4. livendive

    What would you do???

    Personally, I'd try harder for a stable exit & drogue deployment. Blues, Dave
  5. livendive

    extra d ring thingie

    Are you talking about the attachment rings for a detachable slider? Blues, Dave
  6. livendive

    Michael Masterov . . .

    I do indeed remember him, one of several Mike's who regularly posted there (O'Mara, Spurgeon, Fedak, and DeadMike among the others). I'm sure RL can either confirm or deny, but I think Masterov was RM#1. Bummer. Blues, Dave
  7. livendive

    Gap in training post AFF?

    I've spent a couple hundred bucks on copies so far this season to ensure every student gets a handout of the SIM section for each category of the ISP. I also bought several SIMs and put them in manifest along with a sign-out sheet. I encourage all post-AFF students to take them home for a week at a time and read up. It also makes them handy for when the students are sitting around on a weather hold. Blues, Dave
  8. livendive

    Death Question

    I'm a proponent of telling them the truth, but I don't work at a big dz where fatalities are relatively common. Blues, Dave
  9. livendive

    question for those that gear up students

    Mine are Telesis student rigs, with small, medium, and large settings rather than a traditional friction adaptor, so I set the MLWs before donning the rig, based on my "educated guess". If it doesn't fit properly, I take it off them and re-adjust as necessary. Blues, Dave
  10. livendive


    In no particular order, relative work, no contact slot flying, teaching skills, listening skills, general awareness & observation skills,. Blues, Dave
  11. livendive

    Wrapping arms around Tandem Student

    I quit doing that at around 30 tandem jumps when we went head-low during the trapdoor, the bag bounced off the back of my legs, and we got slammed. If I have a special needs student of some sort (be it a physical disability or just a bad case of the stupids), I'll sometimes pull their forehead back with one hand during opening, but for the most part I prefer to pull the drogue release and just keep flying. Blues, Dave
  12. livendive

    Most memoriable tandem student?

    My daughter. I'm hoping to take her again this Sunday. Blues, Dave
  13. livendive

    S/L-IAD Do You Close The door

    Absolutely close it. Messing with a pilot chute while positioning a student next to an open door or having a student get next to that open door so you can hook up his S/L both seem patently unsafe. Granted, the latter could be worked around (hook up S/L first, while blocking access to the door, then reposition), but I'd much prefer there be something besides just me between him and a guaranteed reserve ride. Blues, Dave
  14. livendive

    TURBINE in Montana May 19 & 20

    What other dz.commers are gonna be there? Let's fly it as much as we can. Below are the folks I know of. aironscott D_22359 freeflyman livendive odendan (tentative) TheStepchild Blues, Dave
  15. livendive

    Have you ever given a student drouge rash?

    I'm not even sure how one would go about doing that...barrel rolling through the bridle during the throw while head high? Gah!