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10 Boogie Tips

Ten quick tips to help get the most from your holiday…

by Gustavo Cabana
by Gustavo Cabana

1. Take your time

You don’t need to rush on the first load. Get a DZ brief, check your gear. Consider a solo or small familiarization jump, especially if it’s been a few months since you jumped, if you haven’t been over this DZ before, or if the landing area looks a bit tricky.

2. Gear Checks

Everything may be different to your home DZ but don’t let that stop your gear checks – before the jump and a pin check on run-in

3. Landing Direction

One of the most important things is to understand who or what dictates the landing direction. Windsock? Arrow? First one down?

4. If in doubt, ASK!

If there is anything you are not sure of, from where to load the plane to exit order to beer lines, ASK! Most often if you have a question mark in your head then others do too.

5. Make Friends

You will be surrounded by people from many countries, DZs and walks of life. Go out of your way to talk to them, you’ll be enriched by their company, they are all potential new friends.

by Wolfgang Lienbacher
by Wolfgang Lienbacher

6. Do something different

Don’t just do what you do at home. Try something new – a tracking dive, balloon jump, follow out a tandem, do a hop 'n' pop, hybrid dive, a beach jump. It’s a BOOGIE!

7. Protect from the elements

Most likely it will still be comparatively chilly, especially in the mornings. Take warm Buffs, thermals, gloves and layer up. Don't forget to sunscreen your face too!

8. Make your own decisions

It’s easy to get ‘boogie fever’ and go along with the crowd – but remember it’s your life and don’t be shy to stand down because the winds are above your personal limits, or you don’t like how the clouds are building.

9. Don't jump when still drunk!

If you’re gonna go large on New Year’s Eve – and why wouldn’t you, with all those new friends! – consider taking New Year’s Day off – or at least turn up in the afternoon, don’t try to skydive when you’re broken!

10. Don’t fall off the plane!

Stay safe, and have a huge amount of fun!