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  1. I got my tandem license at 530 or something. The next 200 jumps were terrifying. It got better from there.
  2. have you made a 2nd theme yet that won't burn my retinas out if I browse for more than 60 seconds?
  3. The overall white is horrible. Other websites I use have a couple or multiple themes, including "dim" and "dark". If options like that aren't made available I'll just stop browsing dropzone for the most part. It would be unfortunate, but it is basically unbrowsable to me atm.
  4. Because you eventually have to land them.
  5. This x1000, I've only done a handful of demos, but those few have taught me that demos are for other people.
  6. Earplugs for the ride up and the ride down make both experiences infinitely better. I wore the fancy ones for a couple thousand jumps, and I've worn the foam ones for about a thousand jumps now. The foam ones are way better. I have forgotten my ear plugs a few times and it just about drove me mad.
  7. fanya


    Is there an actual known lethal dose of LSD? I've read about people thumb printing. Never got near far enough deep into the culture to experience that. Most I've taken is ~750 mics. It was a wild ride. My most influential trips have been by myself. Deeply introspective. Most of it's use has been recreational though. Saw a couple Cirque du Soleil in Vegas at ~300 mics. That was an experience. I'm about due again for a little contact with the other side now. But time is in such short supply now that I'm older. Definitely not like my younger days when I had nothing but time.
  8. fanya

    60" drogue

    freefall can be weird, they like to "buck" per say. but openings are fine. more fabric in the pouch, they like to try to "hang" out more, just gotta be a little more careful and mindful in airplane and pre-exit drogue checks.
  9. 5 dollars a tandem, no clue how busy they are anymore
  10. I don't know why I'm spending all this time and effort going to school to be an accountant when it sounds like I can make a killing in the daycare industry
  11. What others have said. Greater than 12 months and less than 24 is a ground refresh, solo jump with a tandem rig and one jump with an examiner. Greater than 24 months is a full TI course again. Unless you know people that will just sign you off... This is all US stuff though, no idea how your New Zealand to UK things will work. I took 18 months off after 3000 tandems, I did my first tandem back with the examiner and it was like I never left, stood up the landing and all.
  12. I don't think anyone is implying that bill has a monopoly on safety. But Bill is completely unhesitant about kicking your ass off his DZ. Bill has this weird expectation that you are an adult and can take care of yourself, and if you can't, you go skydive somewhere else. And once again, not exclusive to Bill, but considering that a lot of times there are 3 airplanes dropping jumpers on a Saturday, his safety record is pretty good. Bill runs a machine, a well oiled skydiving machine, don't mess up his machine and give him money, and you'll be fine.
  13. This is similar but not the same, the guy is still folding the ears under. This is the correct name, thanks! A little googlefu which give us this thread turns this up I find packjob easier to control with this method, also the theory behind it is that it puts the fabric to the back of the tail, instead of in front of the nose. He touches on that in his introduction paragraphs.
  14. What is the method called where after you get the triangle you fold the "ears" on top of the canopy and then do the s-folds? w-something, wuri or something? Way easier to control the fabric than the conventional method of rolling it under. I've used it for a few thousand pack jobs.