GrumpyM4

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  1. Great DZ. Very friendly staff, coaches, office personnel. I'm still working towards my A license and the staff jumped right in with a recurrency jump, let me go solo and then we started on coach jumping. Everybody was super helpful, friendly, VERY knowledgeable. I learned a great deal beyond my basic AFF class. Best part is that they teach because they CARE. I never got the feeling that they were putting up with me simply because they were being paid to. Great vibe. Everyone was super friendly. Fun jumpers, teams, etc. The attitudes of the people I meet at any DZ make me really appreciate my new favorite sport. This DZ really helped drive this home. Everyone I met tried to help me in some form or fashion and helped keep me on the proper path. Sometimes breaking me of bad habits that I have learned elsewhere. I really appreciate that everyone stepped up to help instead of just letting me make dumb mistakes. :-) Also, the staff comes from all around the world. They are very energetic, professional, calm, and care about safety first and foremost. Side note: My Alti broke halfway down on my first jump (recurency jump), but due to the calmness of the instructor(Kevin) and good inflight communication, we completed all tasks for the jump, and he let me know when to pull. Landing without altitude awareness, or previous experience at the DZ proved "interesting". It's difficult to judge altitude for landing pattern with dunes below and no idea just how big the LZ really is. Also, the heat factors in greatly with descent rates (air density altitude) and landing flare altitude. Lessons learned (Turns out I don't slide very well in sand....ouch). Still kept jumping though. I cannot recommend the Dubai desert campus enough. Was the best experience I've had in my short time jumping. Will be back as soon as I can!