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    Hollister, CA
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    33168
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    231
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    Freeflying
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  1. mellow

    Skydive Hollister

    skydive hollister is awesome! i did my aff there this last july and have only missed one weekend since my first jump. my aff instructors were the best, and i would highly recommend this dropzone. nice, big, safe landing area, fantastic views all the way from the ocean to the sierras, super fun people, high standard for safety, and great weather- just to name a few things. i love this place!
  2. mellow

    spinning on my back

    thanks guys- you all had some good ideas that i'll try. i'll be down at the dz this weekend, so, in addition to continuing to try and figure it out on my own, i'll get a coach jump. eventually i'll get it. it feels great for the few seconds i'm actually stable! wish me luck! Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  3. mellow

    spinning on my back

    early on, i had a bad case of the spins during aff, and have figured that out many jumps ago. but now, every time i attempt to backfly, i immediately start turning, and before i can attempt to figure out what is asymmetrical, i start to spin, so i just flip over and go back to my belly. i try again a few seconds later, and the same thing happens. i've talked to a few coaches/instructors at my dz and gotten some ideas, but haven't been on a coach jump yet with anyone to try and fix this. maybe someone has an idea that i can try??? thanks. Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  4. mellow

    can't stop the spins

    i had a pretty good case of the spins myself, and what helped me was to simply relax and arch. for me, once i let myself just surrender to the air, and really relax into the arch, my body symmetry balanced itself perfectly and the spins disappeared. something asymmetrical is causing the spin. i found that relaxing was key to keep symmetry. good luck! you'll figure out what works for you. Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  5. love it!! thanks for sharing that lauren! Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  6. mellow

    B License Test

    oh, excellent! thanks so much! Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  7. mellow

    B License Test

    although i just got my A card finished yesterday, (yay!!!), i'm just a few jumps away from getting my B, and i'm taking the water training in two weeks, i'm thinking i'll just go straight for the B license now. i was wondering, which parts of the sim should i study to prepare for the written test for the B license? thanks. Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  8. mellow

    Your first "fun jump"

    i dove out, got stable and then just floated until pull time. it is awesome being alone out there with no pressure to perform for an instructor. i did quite a few solos after aff, and for most of them my dive flow consisted of "farting around." i was in no hurry to perform tasks for the A card. tomorrow, however, is my A license check dive, so after alot of acclimating to the sky and lots of flips and just plain having fun with solos, and slowly but surely acquiring the skills needed for a license, i'm finally almost licensed! moral of my story: have fun, be safe, and go at your own pace toward the A license. Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  9. mellow

    tips on front flips and back flips

    take this with a grain of salt and listen to your instructors first and foremost......... for me, completing the front and back loop, and finishing on heading, was about staying tucked longer, and then sort of kicking out at the end. i mistakenly felt that the initial thrust would be enough to carry me all the way around, but the air, as you are falling at 120mph changes things.... good luck, and have fun. flips are super fun for me still. Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  10. mellow

    Skydivers and the 'door'

    during the first 4 or 5 aff jumps, the door really freaked me out. as soon as it opened, and the noise of the wind was there, i was full of anxiety- until i jumped out. then i was in freefall, and felt great. it didn't take too long before i got used to the door, though. now, if i haven't jumped for a week or so, before the first jump or two, i am nervous in the plane. i check my handles about a dozen times (i check them for all jumps anyway, but when i'm nervous i check them alot), and then as soon as the door opens, the anxiety goes away and i just want to get out. so now the door doesn't have me freaked at all, just the ride to altitude when there's a lapse of time between jumps. i never want the butterflies to go away. i think they'll keep me focused on being safe. even if i've made several jumps in a row, and i'm not really feeling particularly nervous anymore, in the plane i wonder if this will be the jump that i have a mal or cutaway, which prompts me to check my handles and review what i would do in various scenarios. Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  11. mellow

    I just can't stay away

    hi lauren- it's good to see you're back! if you put your mind to it, and just decide that you're going to learn how to skydive, and learn how to be safe and aquire the necessary skills, then you will. i promise. aff was really, really hard for me in the beginning, and i quit twice (only for a few minutes, though...haha)- but then i found my determination again to succeed, i repeated the levels that i hadn't figured out yet, and then passed. i set small, attainable goals for myself. first, it was to just pass the previously failed level, then it was to finish aff, then to get the A license. i'm still just a jump or two away from my A, but have set a new goal. i want to get my coach rating when i reach 100 jumps. so set a reasonable goal for yourself, and then just go for it. you know you can do it! Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  12. my humble and inexperienced opinion: i say buy jump tickets. i just bought the best deal that my dz offers- $1000 for 67 tickets- that's $15 a slot. now i know that no matter what comes up in terms of finances, i have lots of jumping already paid for. Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  13. i've worked through plenty of fears in my short skydiving career so far- and you can too! one thing that really helped me was reading brian germain's book, "tanscending fear." it is an excellent book and has helped me immensely. he also has a video on youtube you can google- Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  14. mellow

    Is there any hope for me?

    no one was more scared than i was..... i really struggled with aff in the beginning, and then had a really frightening level 4 jump when my instructor let me go (and never got back) and i spun violently like a propeller for the entire freefall- the fear of jumping again after that was extremely intense- but i did it- and then aff got fun, and i was ok. then there were my first few solos- whose going to babysit me up there? what's the dive flow? how do i exit? i'm alone now.....more fear..... and then that passed. i made a few coach jumps, worked through the fears, and then my solos got really fun. in fact i started enjoying myself so much that finishing the A card became second priority. i just wanted to dive out, barrel roll about 9 or 10 times on my way out of the plane and just have fun out there for the sake of having fun. and now, at 40 jumps, i'm just about done with the A card, and ready to meet new challenges. and i can tell you, from my perspective, each time i face and overcome a fear, i feel better and stronger and more alive. you can do it! just take a deep breath, relax, and get acclimated to one of the best places around- the beautiful, vast, open space of the sky. Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.
  15. mellow

    Off Student Status

    isn't it great!? i'm in just about the same boat! Jennifer don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go do that, because what the world needs is people that come alive.