mrubin

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  1. To me it sounds like you made the right decision. Skydiving is not for everyone and doing it to make someone else happy is not a good idea. Let skydiving be your wife's thing. Hang out at the dropzone if you want and you can still be part of the community. And if after hanging out for a while you decide that you want to give it a try, the sky will still be there. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  2. It takes me 1.5-2 hours each way, depending on traffic. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  3. mrubin

    AFF Leg position trouble

    Too much yoga is probably not the problem. I started doing yoga to help my skydiving and the body awareness I learned helped a lot, so stick with it. You only have a few minutes of free fall and are hopefully more focused on safely completing your dive than getting the exact body position that you want. More jumps and some time in the tunnel will get you more experience, which will help allow you to expand what you are aware of in free fall. The more experience you have, the less overwhelming all the sensations are and the easier it is to be aware of the smaller things. For now, stay safe, have fun, relax, and breathe. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  4. Congrats! "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  5. I voted 2500 ft. Not because I don't think you can't safely pull or even exit lower, but because the question is what would make me uncomfortable. If I don't know the jumper well and I hear that they are planning to pull at 2500 I would question that because I don't see any reason to pull that low on a 4-way. Just because you can do something doesn't always mean that it is a good idea. There are few things more useless than altitude above you. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  6. mrubin

    HI GUYS NEED AN OPINION !

    I am not a doctor so keep in mind that I have NO medical training and my opinion is worth what I am being paid for it, which is nothing. If it cleared up after 4-5 seconds and you didn't have any issues after that, then I would think that you did something to equalize the pressure. Maybe you held your breath for the first few seconds or swallowed after the first few seconds. Pay attention to how it feels on the ride to altitude. If you feel the pressure building and you can't equalize, tell your instructor. It might be best not to jump that day if that is the case. Before your next jump, talk to your instructor about this. If it happens on more jumps it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor. Again, I have no medical experience at all so if someone who does sees that I am off base at all, please correct me. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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    HI GUYS NEED AN OPINION !

    Did you have a stuffy nose or history of sinus issues? It sounds like you had trouble equalizing pressure during the first few seconds of your skydive. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  8. mrubin

    DZ Culture

    I understand your frustration with not being invited to jump with the LO. We all want to be included and have the opportunity to learn and improve our abilities. But at a certain point you need to take matters into your own hands. I don't know how busy your dz is but I know that LO's are often quite busy running around doing a job more difficult than herding cats. The best way to get on a jump with an organizer is to go up to him/her and ask when you can get on a load with them. Depending on the skill level and size of the group, the LO might tell you that you don't yet have the skills to safely be part of the group at the moment. If that happens, gather up the other new, male fun jumpers you mentioned and jump with them. If you're not sure what to do, go up to the LO and ask him/her to organize something for you guys. They should be able to give you a dive plan for your group. This is a great sport with a lot of amazing people and it would be a shame for you to give up something you love because of something like this. Remember that you are the one in charge of all aspects of your skydiving, including your safety, your attitude, and your participation. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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    New AAD made in USA

    I think that most skydivers would find it easier to check if it displayed the altitude and not just the pressure. We are used to checking that our altimeters are zeroed and, in my opinion, it would be easier to check for the same thing on our AAD. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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    BevSuits Polycotton & Booties

    Get a suit with booties. The extra power will be nice and you will adjust to it within a couple jumps. If you are concerned about how they will impact your flying, do a solo or a 2-way with an experienced jumper for your first jump with it. I slip my booties off under canopy on most jumps, but that's to protect the booties from wear more than anything else. You should be able to point your toes in them if they fit properly. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  11. They know what they are getting themselves into when they invite you on the jump. A lot of experienced jumpers enjoy helping the new jumpers learn and have fun. I love to jump with new skydivers. When I first started I got a lot of free coaching and help from experienced jumpers and organizers and now that I have some knowledge, I like to pay that forward. It is a great feeling to see a new jumper's reaction when you land from a great four-way. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  12. mrubin

    New helmet tech

    Would that be good for multiple impacts or would it deform on the first hard hit and need to be replaced? "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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    making a comeback

    Taking a look through the classifieds, that seems pretty similar to what others are asking. I also came across this in case you hadn't seen it: http://www.dropzone.com/classifieds/Detailed/Main_Canopies/Aerodyne_Pilot_188_ZPX_198722.html "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  14. Practice your exit on the ground with your instructors. On the ride to altitude, take deep breaths to help keep yourself calm and relaxed. Multiple times on the ride up, visualize the entire skydive going exactly as planned. And I mean the entire skydive, from starting your setup in the door to landing safely. Smile and have fun. "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  15. From what you are saying, it sounds like it gets worse throughout the day. Could it be that you are getting tired and your body position is suffering as a result? "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery