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  1. Thanks for the information everyone. I plan on calling Skydive Mesquite once I get some time off work. Granted that weather conditions are right, would it be possible to complete the program in a week? I have a weeks worth of vacation I need to use, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to get it done. And it's kind of a bummer to hear that it'll take so long to be able to jump with someone. Aw well, I'll just use it as something to look forward to and keep me jumping out of planes. When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
  2. I jumped for the first time last Friday(Nov 2), and it was the greatest thing I've ever done. Ever since then, all I've been able to think about is doing it again. When I tell my friends about it, my heart starts pumping and I get all giddy and excited. It's gotten to the point that my friends are getting sick me talking about it. It was at that point that I decided I want to become a skydiver. My tandem jump was at Skydive Las Vegas, which from looking through these boards, isn't the greatest place to jump at. But, the people were nice and funny, and I got what I wanted from them. My TI had told me that they don't do student programs because there are too many helicopters around. He recommended that I go to Skydive Mesquite, which from looking through these boards, is the best place to skydive in Nevada. I wanted to know if anybody here has taken the student program at Skydive Mesquite, how was it, etc. Here's the outline of their program: http://www.skydivemesquite.com/learn%20to.html. Does this program look alright? How is it compared to other programs? I've read a lot about the Accelerated Free Fall program, but how does that differ from the Integrated Student Program? They don' really seem that much different to me. Also, to anyone who's gone through a student program, how long did it take you, and how much did it cost? For SDM, the price would be just over $1000. Is that about right? One more thing, what's required in order to be a Tandem Instructor? I only ask because my mom said she would consider jumping if she could go with me. Some friends have also shown interest in jumping if they could go with me. I know it's a bit early to be thinking about this, but it never hurts to ask. When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.