> > Hello,
> > I've been working on a class-a license for some time now and haven't
> > been receiving very much support from my local DZ in Lodi, CA. I'm by no
> > means bashing the place, its great, i really enjoy the location, the
> > people, the gear and the planes... but whenever i mention SIM or the
> > test or whatever comes next to the staff, i pretty much get the same
> > answer, "just keep jumping," and they walk off. I've got 30+ jumps from
> > 13k, several 2-way RW jumps... basically everything listed in the USPA
> > requirements, with the exception of the test. But what comes next? This
> > is where most people sort of shrug and say, "Well, my DZ back in ----
> > took care of all that for me."
> > Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from the USPA,
> > and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after meeting
> > all of the said requirements?
> > Thanks,
> > Peter
> Yeah. Leave your dz, go to Perris or another dz, and take the test
If a DZ wants to keep you there (and keep your business), the best way
to do it is to keep you stupid! Most DZs require a USPA license to jump,
so if I can keep you fat, dumb, and happy - I've got a lock on your
Sounds to me like you're getting screwed. Getting the heck out of Dodge
isn't a bad idea. I'm not from that area (so I'm pretty objective) Here
are my recomendations:
1) Go to Skydance Skydiving in Davis - They are a VERY professionally
run DZ. Try asking for the manager and explain your story. Don't worry,
I'm sure he's heard it before!! This place is a large DZ with pretty
high standards. If I lived in Northern Ca. and wanted to get good fast,
that's where I'd go.
2) Go to Bay Area Skydiving in Byron - I haven't been there yet, but
the people I know that jump there are a great bunch of folks. If they
are the norm, this might be a GREAT place.
I've spent the last three summers touring DZs across the USA and your
story is pretty common. It's a good idea to jump at different places to
get a good feel for the sport. This is just my opinion, but my gut
reaction of Lodi wasn't very good!!! It's a big world out there, why
settle for peanut butter and jelly when you can have steak and lobster?
Blue skies!! (and better drop zones)