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xmesox

Feb 29, 2012, 1:41 AM
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A common post that comes up here from all experience levels are those looking for the help of a mentor to get them started in BASE. Some of these requests are by experienced skydivers with a knowledge of BASE, others are by people without an ounce of experience.

In an attempt to filter out the some old posts from the forum, we are dedicating this thread to the process of finding a mentor, in a way that will be easiest for all parties involved, and aims to help potential mentors know who to spend their time on and who would be a waste to message.

Any post that is seeking a mentor outside of this thread in the beginners forum will be deleted.

If you're seeking a mentor, post a reply IN THIS THREAD and make sure to post your reply in the following format, posts that do not specify this information will be deleted:

Location:
Skydiving Experience:
BASE Experience:
Motivation:


Based on your reply, if someone finds that you are worth potentially being mentored, they will contact you via private message.

anonymous782729

Mar 1, 2012, 7:52 AM
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Location: Tampa, FL
Skydiving Experience: 400+ jumps, video, RW
BASE Experience: none
Motivation: Life is too short to not experience it.

long2jump

Mar 2, 2012, 11:01 AM
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Location: Phoenix, AZ
Skydiving Experience: 1200 jumps, swooping, freeflying, wingsuit, Tandem, IAD, and Coach.
BASE Experience: 3 jumps from 300' Antenna in NC
Motivation: Experienced it once before and absolutely loved the feeling! I am attending the FBJC in June.

I am currently in Afghanistan and will be returning in June for 17 days vacation then back in towards the end of December. I recently moved to Phoenix and didn't make it out to Eloy or any of the other surrounding DZs to meet anyone.

StraightEdge

Mar 16, 2012, 7:51 PM
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maretus

Mar 19, 2012, 1:43 PM
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StraightEdge wrote:
Finding it impossible to break into the UK BASE scene. Have had introductions and made phone calls, but zero luck in finding a mentor. Contacts outside the UK have generally been a lot friendlier and more helpful, but as I live in the UK, I'd like to jump here.

Please read http://www.basejumper.com/...g_into_BASE_660.html. Maybe you made some calls but maybe you did not try hard enough. Keep skydiving, talk to people, meet people and build the connections you need. The UK base scene has some of the most experienced and active (urban) jumpers you can find and if you can hook up with them properly, you´ll have a great future in front of you.

Listen to Dwain : Hang in there and don’t be discouraged by the knockbacks. All things of great value are difficult to obtain. It took me two years of trying before I broke into the sport which has given me some of my life’s greatest experiences.

dudeman490

Mar 29, 2012, 7:27 AM
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Salamanca Spain till 16 may
Skydive experience: 24 jumps
Base Experience: 0
Motivation: Living in fear is hardly living. Facing fear is when one truly lives. Base jumping has always been a dream of mine. I have skydived and had to stop because I was unable to make it to the drop zone and it is really expensive especially for a student. If anyone is interested in getting coffee to share info let me know. I'm happy with what I can receive.

samadhi

Mar 30, 2012, 5:18 AM
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dudeman490 wrote:
Salamanca Spain till 16 may
Skydive experience: 24 jumps
Base Experience: 0
Motivation: Living in fear is hardly living. Facing fear is when one truly lives. Base jumping has always been a dream of mine. I have skydived and had to stop because I was unable to make it to the drop zone and it is really expensive especially for a student. If anyone is interested in getting coffee to share info let me know. I'm happy with what I can receive.
learn how to pack tandems for money. In the USA we get 12 US dollars (equivalent to 9-10 EURO I think???) per tandem you pack and you can pack one in 10-20 depending on your skill. Its how I plan to make 100-500+ more skydives (whatever it takes) to get to a place with canopy control that I feel comfortable base jumping again.

Skydiving also gets a whole lot more fun the longer you stay with it (for me at least). You might find you dont even want to jump off bridges or cliffs once you have found a niche in skydiving. Its more than enough for a lot of people.

long2jump

Mar 30, 2012, 7:42 AM
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samadhi wrote:
dudeman490 wrote:
Salamanca Spain till 16 may
Skydive experience: 24 jumps
Base Experience: 0
Motivation: Living in fear is hardly living. Facing fear is when one truly lives. Base jumping has always been a dream of mine. I have skydived and had to stop because I was unable to make it to the drop zone and it is really expensive especially for a student. If anyone is interested in getting coffee to share info let me know. I'm happy with what I can receive.
learn how to pack tandems for money. In the USA we get 12 US dollars (equivalent to 9-10 EURO I think???) per tandem you pack and you can pack one in 10-20 depending on your skill. Its how I plan to make 100-500+ more skydives (whatever it takes) to get to a place with canopy control that I feel comfortable base jumping again.

Skydiving also gets a whole lot more fun the longer you stay with it (for me at least). You might find you dont even want to jump off bridges or cliffs once you have found a niche in skydiving. Its more than enough for a lot of people.

Becoming a packer is how I paid for alot of my skydives. Hell I still pack every now and then, not as much as now since getting some ratings. That is how you can also get more experience. While getting paid to jump! Start out packing until you can get enough jumps and experience to get started on some ratings. Jumps are important but experience is where it counts.

wwarped
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Mar 30, 2012, 10:21 AM
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long2jump wrote:
Becoming a packer is how I paid for alot of my skydives. Hell I still pack every now and then, not as much as now since getting some ratings. That is how you can also get more experience.

to concur...

lot's of pack jobs will make someone comfortable with nylon. try different techniques, and make each one as neat as possible. it is a skill that transfers well to BASE.

FFCrazy

Apr 7, 2012, 1:37 PM
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Perth, Western Australia
47 jumps (sky diving) another 50-60 more by 15th may
No BASE experience, still researching
Ha, I was born for this.... I'm a true blue thrill seeker, Life is too short to let fear control what we do! I've always wanted to B.A.S.E. jump since the first time i ever saw it, just had many hurdles to get into sky diving etc.
I LOVE to Travel & also Sky Dive, I've done a lot of research into B.A.S.E. & think it's for me.... I'm keen to do a FJC in the States in Sept after i accumulate more jumps but would be awesome to meet some awesome experienced BASE jumpers for a mentor, I've met a few people that Base jump but am unsure about the roles of a mentor besides teaching me proper. My friend flies Wingsuits via BASE so is difficult to learn as thats what he prefers... I'll travel every month to learn different locations if theres anyone keen to be my mentor....
Can you have multiple mentors or just 1? Mulitiple people offer different experiences / advise etc..

Cheers Wink
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gauleyguide

Apr 7, 2012, 3:26 PM
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FFCrazy wrote:
...Can you have multiple mentors or just 1? Mulitiple people offer different experiences / advise etc...

Stop... Think... Take a deap breath... Relax... Think about it.... Close your your eyes... See it?.... Think!.....

FFCrazy

Apr 7, 2012, 3:43 PM
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Yeah i get the point.... Better to have just 1 but what about if i have a few mates that jump BASE?
I'm keen to learn all aspects of jumping but isnt it better to hear and learn or just keep my mind open to multiple persons experiences or advise???
No one knows everything and if they do they are surely fooling only themselves as this is an unexpectable sport and all advise is welcomed.... wheter its considered or not is your own opinion but being new myself i'm only asking

gauleyguide

Apr 7, 2012, 4:43 PM
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You are answering your own question and don't even know it. You are the only one responsible for your decisions. YOU need to make your own decision. If you want to live, you better make sure you made the right decision. The experience is out there, they are all individual. Some people make the wrong decision and they are dead. Answer this...What would be the wise decision? Gather as much information as possible, or not? Your mentor isn't going to hold your hand the entire step of the way, that's impossible, because there is no end to the learning process. I'm willing to bet that if you do find a mantor, that he will expect you to start learning on your own, he is there to show you the basics and guide you through your own decisions, eventually you will start jumping with other people, you can learn something from them as well, you can even learn things from people you haven't met yet. Listen to everyone and what they have to say, then you decide.

Good luck.

wwarped
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Apr 7, 2012, 6:59 PM
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I agree with gauleyguide, but also consider the ego of any mentor. some will welcome the involvement of other mentors, some will resent it as if you do not trust them, and others will find it difficult to teach you in progressive manner if you be-bop between multiple people.

in BASE, learn how to identify the risks, and then minimize them. they can be technical, emotional, social, etc. start the process now. as Perth is rather remote, your options (and best course of action) will be far different than a Swiss wannabee!

MBA-PATTO

Apr 7, 2012, 7:18 PM
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Stick with the one mentor.The one you feel comfortable with ..

I think i know the boys your talking about in perth...

Maybe ground crew with em more to get to know the one you respect more and is a better mentor , information, jumps, someone who does give a shit...

There is quite a large group starting there now in the llast few years..

OuttaBounZ

Apr 7, 2012, 7:53 PM
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FFCrazy wrote:
Perth, Western Australia
47 jumps (sky diving) another 50-60 more by 15th may
No BASE experience, still researching
Ha, I was born for this.... I'm a true blue thrill seeker, Life is too short to let fear control what we do! I've always wanted to B.A.S.E. jump since the first time i ever saw it, just had many hurdles to get into sky diving etc.
I LOVE to Travel & also Sky Dive, I've done a lot of research into B.A.S.E. & think it's for me.... I'm keen to do a FJC in the States in Sept after i accumulate more jumps but would be awesome to meet some awesome experienced BASE jumpers for a mentor, I've met a few people that Base jump but am unsure about the roles of a mentor besides teaching me proper. My friend flies Wingsuits via BASE so is difficult to learn as thats what he prefers... I'll travel every month to learn different locations if theres anyone keen to be my mentor....
Can you have multiple mentors or just 1? Mulitiple people offer different experiences / advise etc..

Cheers

Brain hurts...


FFCrazy

Apr 8, 2012, 12:24 AM
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Cheers all for advise.

When you say ground crew for them, what is it that grond crew does? does it mean pretty much to try tag along prior to doing a jump course or after i've done a few jumps myself at a specialised course?
The guys i know are top blokes to jump with (sky diving) and great for information on gear etc, but thats as far as i've got yet... Isnt too openly talked about as i understand why...
Is there any other great ways to learn more or tag along for a local antenna jump etc to see it first hand?

Smile

getrad

Jun 12, 2012, 11:27 AM
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hello mate... based in brighton and starting to jump ( from scratch) very soon... let me know if you need someone to ground for you... as i would apreciate any involevment... learn from your mistakes so i dont make any... ha ha... peace...

Clark282

Jun 12, 2012, 3:51 PM
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you have not tried that hard. There are a few jumpers in your area!!!!

www.basejumper.org

At best you will find a few people to jump with who will steer you in the right direction and help you along the way. Depending on your definition of mentor.


(This post was edited by Clark282 on Jun 14, 2012, 11:13 PM)

BenderOfLife

Jun 17, 2012, 11:48 AM
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new here :)

Location: California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho (we travel in those locations)
Skydiving Experience: 0
BASE Experience: 0
Motivation: ofc
People: 2 or 3
Dates 28.8 - 22.9

i have no idea , what i am doing , we want to base jump somewhere, take a course if needed, rent gear

jumper1420

Jul 10, 2012, 7:16 PM
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Corpus Christi, TX
320 skydives
18 BASE
I had/have an excellent mentor when I lived in Pennsylvania, but now I live in So Texas. I know there are a few BASE jumpers in San Marcos and Spaceland. Due to work I haven't been able to get up there as much as I'd like, so I haven't really met them. I'd like a local (San Antonio, Houston) mentor to help me continue my BASE career in safest most intelligent way possible. I love BASE jumping it is such a rush, but I want to be smart about my progression.

base283

Jul 11, 2012, 1:01 PM
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Just a thought. Why not ask your Mentor? There is a major diff between a local and a Mentor.
Take care,
space

bushwarp

Aug 16, 2012, 9:53 PM
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Skydiving Experience: 200 jumps, coach rating
BASE Experience: None
Motivation: BASE was one of the reasons I wanted to get into skydiving and now that I have a little more experience I want to do it more than ever!

Crucial

Aug 24, 2012, 8:17 PM
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Hiiii everyone. I'm not a fan of this format but ok, I'll try to follow rules...

Location:(I'll get back to that)

Skydiving Experience: 41 jumps, did my AFF course and all my jumps in Brazil, and some wind tunnel. Spent a few months living in a tent in the airplane hangar (slept in the plane actually when there were too many mosquitos). I started with the intention of quickly getting into BASE, then realized it's not so simple, then I discovered "freefly" and decided that jumping from higher and higher is just as fun. Spend all my money on skydiving (it's expensive in Brazil)...I started thinking of prices of things in terms of jump tickets instead of reais (like, "I'm not going to that bar, that's half a jump ticket just to get in" or "Why the hell would I pay rent, that's like 8 jumps a month").

BASE Experience: Saw a video yesterday on Youtube. Just kidding. But seriously, I'm looking to start BASE in the next half year maybe, I've wanted to for years now.

Motivation: Some years ago a friend sent me a wingsuit video and I thought, "That is fucking awesome, I will do that." Did the research and learned it's a long process. Then I started highlining and working with slackline and I have this terrible urge to highline without protection and BASE jump from the middle of a line. And jump off of things in general. I spent about a year and a half hitch-hiking through Brazil, one day ended up at a dropzone and thought, perfect, I'll do my AFF finally. After spending some months living at the dropzone I traded a slackline for a bike and started biking to other dropzones in Brazil.

So the location thing, I'm totally down to go anywhere in the world really, especially a country I've never been to before. Not at all joking. I know I need some more skydive experience (which I'm getting, no problem) but I seriously dream about BASE and have been for years now. It just took my wallet a bit of time to catch up.

Alrighty, thanks and looking forward to meeting some interesting people here :-)

sansan08

Sep 4, 2012, 11:29 PM
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Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Skydiving Experience: 0
BASE Experience: 0
Motivation: I just recently moved to the Philippines and up until now have been unable to pursue BASE Jumping. My schedule in the states before was extremely busy but I found time to Rock Climb as often as I could. For some reason sky-diving doesn't really appeal to me so I've never really actively pursued the sport. But Base Jumping, all though similar to sky diving in a few ways, has always really tugged on my heart strings. I can't quite explain it. I will say that considering my knowledge of the sport is only based off of readings online it certainly has a promising future to become a deep passion in my life similar to my rock climbing addiction. I would love to learn the lifestyle and maybe one day implement that into my future rock climbing expeditions!

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