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Ten quick tips to help get the most from your holiday…
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.
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
One of the most important things is to understand who or what dictates the landing direction. Windsock? Arrow? First one down?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Stay safe, and have a huge amount of fun!