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Old 10-12-2012, 02:18   #51
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:24   #52
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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.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:35   #53
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Can you elaborate on that?

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Probably better than counting to 10.
Yes, it's from an old joke:

These guys took their friend who stutters skydiving. They were instructed to jump from the plane, count to 10, then pull the ripcord.

They jumped out of the plane and did as they were instructed. As they were floating down with their parachutes open, their stuttering friend zipped right by them towards the ground going "TH-TH-TH-TH-TH-TREE".
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:39   #54
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:28   #55
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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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Old 10-12-2012, 05:38   #56
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:56   #57
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DO IT!

Odd, I did it a couple years ago, the ole bucket list item. This weekend I will put in my 100th jump, needless to say it became a hobby.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:03   #58
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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.
AFF is the way to go for learning to Skydive.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:12   #59
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:29   #60
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I did a tandem jump at Zephyrhills Airport last year.

We jumped at 15k. The best part is jumping out. The falling sensation quickly abates and you are left with the free fall and acrobats. It was cool I suppose, it was loud, harder to breathe than normal and we fell for some time.

The bad is pulling the canopy. I'm sure they make custom harnesses but this particular get up had my balls in a bind for the next 20 minutes. Reminded me of the first time we ties Swiss seats for rappelling. You only tie them loose once.

The landing sucked bad, the ground wind picked up apparently and I was advised to lift my legs and feet as high as I could and come in ass first. Think of a vegetable and sand enema at 18 knots.

I got my feet up as high as I could but the JM rolled forward a bit and that planted on foot down which we both promptly ran over. I limped off the field and told him not to worry about it. Took about 3 months to heal so wear good boots with ankle support just in case.

Bucket list item? Absolutely go and do it.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:42   #61
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Don't eat a bunch before you go. A friend of mine just did a tandem for his birthday and ended up tossing his cookies on the way down. The video guy got it all on tape. We all laughed pretty hard on that one. The jumpmaster knew how to handle it. Obviously wasn't his first time dealing with it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:05   #62
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stay in a plane that is flying perfectly well?
You haven't seen many skydiving airplanes, have you.

(I made this quip to a friend who was big into skydiving and that was his response).

To the OP - if you're not the type of person that suceeds on the first try, stay in the airplane.

If when you ask if the chute is packed properly you get the answer "probably!" with a smile and two thumbs up, stay your ### in the plane.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:33   #63
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Bring your Tandem Instructor a case of beer or some liquor to share!

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Old 10-12-2012, 13:17   #64
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So since its going to be about 65 degrees when I jump how should I dress?
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Old 10-12-2012, 13:49   #65
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They will put you in a jumpsuit anyway, so just wear what's comfortable.
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Old 10-12-2012, 13:52   #66
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So since its going to be about 65 degrees when I jump how should I dress?

Something that matches your sandals?

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Old 10-12-2012, 14:57   #67
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A good rule is about 4 degrees per thousand. So if it is 65 on the ground, and you are going to 13,500, expect it to be around 10-11 degrees at altitude.
A light T-neck and jeans will be fine as you will probably have a stinky, old jumpsuit on top. When you exit, you probably won't notice the temperature anyway.
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Old 10-12-2012, 14:57   #68
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That was a couple of weeks ago.

For a tandem, the only advice to give is to relax and enjoy the ride. It's a once in a life time experience for most... don't ruin it by being nervous and freaked out the entire time.

ETA: dress comfortable for the ground conditions. You lose about 3 degrees for every one thousand feet,so it's going to be cold no matter what when you get to the top; but you are only there for a few minutes and you will have a jumpsuit on over what you were wearing on the ground.
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Old 10-12-2012, 15:20   #69
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They will put you in a jumpsuit anyway, so just wear what's comfortable.
Comfortable shorts, T-shirt, (No Collar!) A collar will "whip" your neck bad in freefall. Your fav tennis shoes. (tie the laces good).

Nothing in your pockets. As you sit in the aircraft, anything in your pocket will "bind" and you won't be comfortable.

Harness. Snug yet comfortable. Do not tighten the leg straps as you sit in the plane. Do it on the ground. If you do this, the harness will be TOO TIGHT for you on opening of the canopy. Don't put anything between you and the leg straps, you want to keep.

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Old 10-12-2012, 16:56   #70
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Don't forget the parachute. Best advice I got.
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Old 10-12-2012, 18:35   #71
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Oh yeah...and watch this first.
Everything you need to know.

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Old 10-12-2012, 19:07   #72
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Oh yeah...and watch this first.
Everything you need to know.

Fandango (1985 film complete skydiving scene) - YouTube
1989, when I first started AFF, my instructor played the VHS tape of Fandango one night in the packing room.

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Old 10-12-2012, 19:34   #73
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Oh yeah...and watch this first.
Everything you need to know.

Fandango (1985 film complete skydiving scene) - YouTube
A classic!

I didn't learn at a fancy twotter dz, I started at a little Cessna drop zone; while proof joked about the small DZ culture... they hit the nail on the head.

Oh, and all of the flight scene, taxiing off the highway, the loop under the overpass, ect was all shot in my hometown. It always made the movie a little more enjoyable
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Old 10-12-2012, 22:40   #74
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AFF is the way to go for learning to Skydive.

(Accelerated Free Fall)

I agree for people who want to actually learn to skydive and get licensed, but for the typical person who just wants to go for a ride, and has no intention of pursuing it further, the tandem is still the way to go. FWIW I did AFF and have never done a tandem.
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Old 10-12-2012, 23:23   #75
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