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Old 10-12-2012, 05:28   #55
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Originally Posted by ricka10 View Post
I would suggest doing whatever it takes to jump solo and not tandom. When I did it many years ago there wasn't any tandom jumping and I packed my own chute. If a failure happened with the chute it was my own fault.

Back then it was five static lines and then a "hop and pop".

It builds confidence in yourself when yourself is all you have to rely on.
I disagree. The old static line progression method was fine for its day but it really was only suitable for people who wanted to get certified. Now with tandems, a person can go up, with minimal time and training and experience the joy of free fall. I did static line jumping for 14 years before my first free fall and you can keep. Besides, I don't think any DZs offer that any more.
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