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Exit Steve


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In the end, I made eleven jumps this weekend, seven yesterday and all good fun. Here I asked a tandem cameraman to shoot a solo exit: Exit Steve Originally uploaded by stevenjbaker I find I must make way too much effort to match my fall rate to the average skydiver, particularly in big formations (which fall slower), so here goes the diet…

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UKS Boogie – Hibaldstow


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So here we are, Mark and I, at Hibaldstow for this year’s UK Skydiver Boogie. Via Target Skysports: Welcome to Target Skysports, the home of skydiving in the UK. We offer sky diving courses from up to 15,000ft at our dropzone in Lincolnshire. I arrived yesterday in time to jump solo from 15,000 feet, taking a full minute of freefall before pulling at 4000 feet to familiarize myself with the DZ. Today, it is too windy…

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Skyhook reserve static line


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Follow the link from the photo for a sequence of images showing how, when the main parachute is cut away in an emergency, the Skyhook RSL deploys the reserve parachute using the main as a drogue. The reserve is professionally packed in the white bag on the left, which pulls away completely in the air to release the chute. (The reserve needed its regular repack, creating this opportunity.) This is an extra safety feature over the usual reserve static line […]

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D-day Commemoration


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On a grey and showery day, skydivers at Weston on the Green commemorated D-day, not by skydiving, but by jumping static line at what for us is a low level: 3500ft. It makes you think. D-day Commemoration – Dornier G92, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Sport parachuting is relatively low risk, believe it or not. We go high with modern equipment: it works reliably and there is time to take the reserve if the main fails. No one is, or will […]

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Surveying Cameron’s constituency and jumping with a paratrooper


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The weather was superb for skydiving yesterday and Weston was alive with skydivers, tandem passengers and their families. Beth caught me on camera a couple of times under canopy: I jumped three times. The first two were solo jumps for fun — one in shorts, one in my FS suit — allowing me time to survey Mr Cameron’s constituency at my leisure: it looks good. For both exits, I gently forward rolled onto my back for a good view of […]

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Freefall coaching with Skyskills at Bodyflight


Some footage from 45 minutes of tunnel time at Bodyflight yesterday with Chris Shaw of Skyskills and Mark Ryall. In places, it’s quite funny: My objectives were: To achieve a slower neutral fall rate. To learn the discipline of stopping to take grips. To move more crisply. We achieved these. As you can see, I still have far to go, but we’re getting there. Chris is a great coach and I highly recommend him.

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First jumps at Weston in 2009


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Steve under canopy, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Shamefully, it took me until yesterday to jump at Weston this year. The weather was superb, with the perfect wind for relaxed landings. Jumped two formations with people not previously met and discovered my fall rate much improved by losing a few kg.

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Why skydive?


Someone suggested to me that the reason for skydiving is the thrill of the risk to life. Um, no, not quite. It is because, for about a minute, the skydiver is at liberty in the sky without an aeroplane. It is because skydiving is an exercise in personal responsibility, for yourself and for your friends. Ultimately, it is for the reason Mark so eloquently explains in this video, as he comes out of freefall at a good safe height of […]

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A really easy pack


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As its last pack was in the dark, I thought it best to repack my main parachute before jumping it. Finally, getting this 210 sq ft canopy in the bag was easy. Follow the link from the photo for more*: In the container, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. It turns out the secret is not just practice, but practice in the packing shed with the packers on a slow day. Thanks Skydive Algarve. WARNING: This image and this sequence of images […]

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New We7 playlist — Skydive


Some music suitable for jumping out of aeroplanes, by way of relaxing after returning to work: Free music – Skydive

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