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Discussion in 'General' started by Norton 357, Jan 16, 2022.

  1. SGVRider

    SGVRider Well-Known Member

    I’ve done 2 tandem jumps. It was awesome. I looked into doing the school to jump solo, but the time and money to get into skydiving is more than I want to invest right now.

    I’m more sure what option you’re talking about to do 25 tandems to jump solo.

    Doing the USPA course you start with ground school. Then your first jump, you jump solo with 3-4 instructors surrounding you. Then as you progress through the training you jump with fewer instructors and proceed through more advanced maneuvering etc. That’s the gist of it at least.
  2. Dan Dubeau

    Dan Dubeau Well-Known Member

    When I was about 19 I went with a bunch of buddies. We wanted to freefall, and the only way to do that was a bunch of static line jumps $$$ or a tandem. So being a cheap and broke college student, tandem it was. Was a lot of fun, but not sure I could do it again. I just process risk differently these days.
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  3. motoracer1100

    motoracer1100 Well-Known Member

    It’s been 20 years or so .. but I did 6 jumps … all static line .. never could wrap my head around jumping with another Dude strapped to my back .. no thanks ! But I would love to go again ..
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  4. In Your Corner

    In Your Corner Dungeonesque Crab AI Version

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    Can you tell I'm bored?
  5. Dave K

    Dave K DaveK über alles!

    Once and never again. F@ck that shit!
  6. lizard84

    lizard84 My “fuck it” list is lengthy

    Tina has been twice, 1st time was from 14,000, We went together her 2nd time with it being my first, we jumped from 18,000 though the clouds. It was a blast but I will say that short amount of time at 18,000 dried me out and I was exhausted. That said, of 18,000 is an option go for that. We went to the Lake Wales area to jump.
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  7. 27

    27 Well-Known Member

    hold on... @jrsamples... you’re a woman? It makes no difference of course but I always pictured an overall wearing Hee Haw type character from your user name... :D
  8. motion

    motion Nihilistic Member

    I'm guessing that's his daughter. Or g-daughter haha
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  9. auminer

    auminer Renaissance Redneck

    It's not ghey at 5000 feet.

    If you don't make eye contact...
  10. pjzocc

    pjzocc Well-Known Member




    (cool on ya for doing it... but NFW)
  11. motion

    motion Nihilistic Member

    Oh man I hate line twists. Talk about anxiety-inducing! I just bought a rig from a guy who quit the sport because his last jump had line twists so bad he had to go to his reserve. 20+ years and no more.
  12. Saiyan66

    Saiyan66 Stand your ground

    I have jumped once, definitely would do it again if the opportunity arose. My wife wants to go as well so we might make it a family affair. Wingsuit jumps are on my bucket list so I am saving up for those after the kids turn 18 and I get the go ahead.
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  13. jrsamples

    jrsamples Banned

    I watch a lot of Friday Freakout by JOINTHETEAM on youtoob, so I was very familiar with situation, even though I'm just a rider. I know roughly what it takes to clear them, but he never indicated for help, so I didn't get involved and possibly counteract his moves. There was a point when I was thinking about reserve and the lack thereof, but it was out of my hands.
  14. motion

    motion Nihilistic Member

    They're not difficult to fix: spread the rear risers and start bicycle kicking in the opposite direction. I have no idea how you'd deal with that on a tandem though, with all the extra mass to get moving around. Tandems don't have reserves?
  15. jrsamples

    jrsamples Banned

    Of course they have reserves, you are right, it takes a lot of effort to turn both of us and unwind the fubar. There was a tandem who deployed reserve on the same day. My buddy jumped with him afterwards and the guy used the glide time to spot his main that was high up in the pines. I was just saying that I thought that the guy was spending too much time trying to clear the twist versus deploying the reserve.
  16. Only way I’ll dive is with Johnny Utah :)
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  17. RichB

    RichB Well-Known Member

    Just once, I asked the guy to do some tricks as I thought it would be boring. We did all sorts of spinny sh1t on the way down, up high to low, then round and round and round and round. Faaark. I tapped out before we touched down and spewed the rest of the day.
  18. Rehh

    Rehh Well-Known Member

    Some of these comments...lol. "Your first jump your surrounded by 4 instructors" really where was this? Never heard of that before.

    Have around 3,000 jumps, USPA A,B,C and D licenses, AFF Instructor, AFF Jumpmaster, SL instructor/jump master. Event organizer. State record RW holder, Safety advisor. A few world record RW attempts. High performance canopy test pilot. Now retired due to medical
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  19. IrocRob

    IrocRob Well-Known Member

    I did one tandem, and for me it was fun, and worth doing, but also kind of dull.
    Being so far away from a visual reference gave me virtually no "sensation of speed" and I guess that is what I really like.
  20. Rehh

    Rehh Well-Known Member

    Then maybe you should try base jumping off the New River Gorge Bridge on a high performance elliptical zeroP canopy with no reserve.

    Tandem is the equivalent of going down an NHRA track in a Volkswagen beetle as a passenger; Or I guess a better comparison here would be going around COTA on a moped 2up riding bitch....
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2022

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