Originally Posted by ricka10
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.