Hey all, I posted this on dz.com and was recommended I pop in here as well. I have a business trip coming up soon and have arranged for 1 free day which will be dedicated to the wind tunnel (Bodyflight Bedford, UK). Friday September 20th for those interested.
I have a bit less than 200 jumps, all belly flying and this will be my first tunnel trip. I would like some advice on how to make this as cost-effective as possible whilst still improving my skills at a decent rate. I have a few options available to me.
Option 1: 1 hr BPA offer for September.
Option 2: 30min block in 1hr.
Option 3: 3 or 4 10min blocks taken over 4-5 hours.
Option 1: I've read through various threads that anything more than 30-40 minutes in a day for a first time flyer will be tiring and you start getting into diminishing returns which isn't worth it. For this reason I am tempted to toss Option 1 out the window - I wonder if it would be possible to 'share' this time with someone else.
Option 2: 30 minutes in a 1 hour block. This seems a bit like overkill to me with almost no time to debrief and reflect on what went wrong how to improve - due to my lack of experience in the tunnel though I don't know if this thought process is right or wrong.
Option 3: I am tempted to go option 3 - picking up 10 minute blocks at a more relaxed pace in order to (I think) get the most out of the experience. This is where things start getting costly - coach time is charged per hour regardless of flying time so if I spread out my sessions over 3-4 hours then £££££. Not to mention that the per minute cost will be higher as well.
I was considering taking an un-coached first 10 minutes in order to get comfortable alone in the tunnel with just hovering in place and working on simple drills (i.e. neutral hover, accuracy and speed of turns, side-sliding and perhaps even playing tag with the 4 'corners' of the room. Then spending money on the coach to work on more advanced belly flying. I say this because I've read a lot on how tunnel flying can be daunting at first to even very experienced skydivers (different visual cues, quality of air etc.)
So in short, there's no one specific question in here but any advice would be very much appreciated.
Also my initial plan was to pay for one of the on-site coaches - I've heard 'stories' of other coaches willing to teach there on a per minute basis - any idea where I can find these mythical creatures?
Thanks in advance,