Parachuting help!!

#1
PS - and do'nt forget, unless you've done it from 800 into the pitch black with 100lbs strapped to your legs your a hobbyist as far as I'm concerned :)
 
#2
Sporting1st

Plenty of good places to jump: I would recommend getting in touch with either the Black Knights or the Red Devils at Nethers, or the Silver Stars at Cerney.

2 options: she can either do a tandem (pay for it or jump for charity and fund raise) or (and in my opinion, a better option) forck out for her AFF level 1 jump. She'll jump with two instructors from c.13,500ft and will deploy and ride her own canopy down. It'll require a bit more training than the tandem jump but it's a cracking thing to do and the adrenaline is fantastic.

I'll pm you some contact details. Best of luck either way and I hope everything goes according to plan.

DSJ
 
#5
she says she loves about me is that I'm not army barmy, waffle on for hours on end about army this and para that (and shes had a few, the last guy was RAF reg and walt ccok by all accounts - even SHE called him a bullshitting fantasist!!)
 
#6
Fair enough mate, but as an ex Para Regt bloke I`m sure you`ll know that the `Freds' aren`t really Army!!
 
#7
TheSporting1st said:
Guys, appreciated and dropshort, how much for an AFF for the two of us. Yes, the freds was always there however one of the things she says she loves about me is that I'm not army barmy, waffle on for hours on end about army this and para that (and shes had a few, the last guy was RAF reg and walt ccok by all accounts - even SHE called him a bullshitting fantasist!!) and really want this to be a civvy thing without blokes getting hardcore about it!!

Got a few months however want this to be the experiecne of a lifetime as shes introducing me to sailing so this is really important to me. All advice will be fully looked into and really appreciate you guys taking the effort to help out, thank you!!
I think it's about £250 - £300 per person for AFF level one. Am pretty sure you can book well in advance, just bear in mind that on the day of the jump you'll have to go through all your reserve drills/PLF etc. AFF gets cheaper with each jump, as the more you pregress you'll go from two instructors to one.

Also it might be worth enquiring about asking one of the others to jump camera and to film it - a bit extra, but possibly worth it if you think you'll only be doing one jump.
 
#9
If she's that anti Army, try Sibson (Peterborough) or Headcorn (Kent). Bin out of it a while, but Sibson especially had a very good rep. I jumped at both places and they were both good. Don't know what they've got now but at the time Sibson had a Skyvan (large rear exit, stand and jump out backwards) and Headcorn had a turbine(?) Islander (left-hand door exit, sit forward-facing and push out).
 
#10
TheSporting1st said:
Parablue said:
Fair enough mate, but as an ex Para Regt bloke I`m sure you`ll know that the `Freds' aren`t really Army!!

The reason I love her is she says what I think!! I love you too :)
Trust me, I have had a few to drink. Bin the jumpingamd buy her a flying lesson instead, pay the extra, so you can sit in the back and watch her take control.


Difying gravity is much more sexy than sucoming to it :p
 
#11
All the advice so far (except the bit about "fly don't jump" :roll:) has been spot on. However, for further consideration - esp if you want a civvy experience, read on.

There is a DZ at Dunkeswell, near Honiton, which is highly recommended by my ex-RM parachute Team brother, who used to run the DZ when the RM operated it, and still lives nearby. It is 10yrs since I jumped, but for the 20 years before I quit the sport, Dunkeswell was always a top venue.

They specialise in the kind of thing you are looking for (AFF or Tandem) and operate a nice, big fast plane (a Beech 99) - always an advantage, boasting that - since they regularly climb to an exit altitude of 15,000ft (rather than the more usual 12 - 13k) "Nobody jumps higher".

Look here (Watch the video):
http://www.skydiveukltd.com/welcome.html

Location (the marker is not in exactly the right place, Google streetview reveals the operation's portacabin is across the road, and 100m SW of the marker):
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&s...230538&spn=0.005891,0.016544&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A

And if you decide to go for the AFF option,
DON'T WATCH THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!

P.S. The "Sharky" in that movie was a Fred.
 
#12
Netheravon isn't even remotely 'army' there's so many fecking uni students there it's more like an SU bar! Its turned rather commercial over the past couple of years.

The ground is slightly hard at Nethers too. My girlfriend can testify to that! 8O

(never mind, she'll finish the AFF course sometime next year! :D )
 
#13
The-Lord-Flasheart said:
Netheravon isn't even remotely 'army' there's so many fecking uni students there it's more like an SU bar! Its turned rather commercial over the past couple of years.

The ground is slightly hard at Nethers too. My girlfriend can testify to that! 8O
Well let's hope they don't land on the mast. The ISO container may tip over.
 
#16
jinxy said:
The-Lord-Flasheart said:
jinxy, you know the club has moved in to the new hanger now?
About time, to.
I weep, quietly, as I remember the 'old' place - there are pieces of my soul etched into the floorboards of the old bar at Nethers, over 2 decades of fearless boozing and occasional flatulent freefall . . . . :D
 
#17
Stonker said:
All the advice so far (except the bit about "fly don't jump" :roll:) has been spot on. However, for further consideration - esp if you want a civvy experience, read on.

There is a DZ at Dunkeswell, near Honiton, which is highly recommended by my ex-RM parachute Team brother, who used to run the DZ when the RM operated it, and still lives nearby. It is 10yrs since I jumped, but for the 20 years before I quit the sport, Dunkeswell was always a top venue.

They specialise in the kind of thing you are looking for (AFF or Tandem) and operate a nice, big fast plane (a Beech 99) - always an advantage, boasting that - since they regularly climb to an exit altitude of 15,000ft (rather than the more usual 12 - 13k) "Nobody jumps higher".

Look here (Watch the video):
http://www.skydiveukltd.com/welcome.html

Location (the marker is not in exactly the right place, Google streetview reveals the operation's portacabin is across the road, and 100m SW of the marker):
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&s...230538&spn=0.005891,0.016544&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A

And if you decide to go for the AFF option,
DON'T WATCH THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!

P.S. The "Sharky" in that movie was a Fred.
Ex RM Parachute Team :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Don't do it, TheSporting1st, you'll be leaving yourself open. 8O
 
#18
cunny_funt said:
Ex RM Parachute Team :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sorry I forgot to add the bit that goes "in 1986 he and the other members of the RM Parachute Team set the world record for canopy stacking at 24. That record stands, unbroken, nearly 25 years later"


Much as I respect the many, many Freds I have jumped and drunk with over time . . . well you can figure out the rest . . . :D
 
#19
Stonker said:
cunny_funt said:
Ex RM Parachute Team :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sorry I forgot to add the bit that goes "in 1986 he and the other members of the RM Parachute Team set the world record for canopy stacking at 24. That record stands, unbroken, nearly 25 years later"

Much as I respect the many, many Freds I have jumped and drunk with over time . . . well you can figure out the rest . . . :D
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :lol:

Oh excuse me, it's getting late, time for my Ovaltine! :p

You know, there must be a Million different Parachuting Records, that can be claimed. 8)

First person to hit 10 consecutive dead centers.

Highest jump wearing desert wellies & red noses.

Highest amount of nude Parachutists in the air at once.

The list is endless. 8O

If you've managed to get one....Well good luck to you. I really don't begrudge you that. :p

But TheSporting1st, knows exactly what I mean. :)
 
#20
cunny_funt said:
You know, there must be a Million different Parachuting Records, that can be claimed. 8)
Not that many.

I can't find one currently held by the Freds, nor one set by any Fred(s) that so tough to beat that it lasted a quarter-of-a-century . :D

Mebbe that's why you find records boring . . . . :wink:
 

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