Thinking Different
Skydive the Mag
by Dialouge
1M ago
Neurodiversity Is Powerful Stuff. Let’s Embrace It This is the first of two articles derived from an AGM talk given by our regular KISS + Tell Contributor, Emily Aucutt, alongside Advanced Packer/Basic Rigger Lucy Mancey. Over the course of the past year, we’ve taken this space in this magazine to look at some of the ways that physical diversity barriers to our sport – such as deafness – can be overcome. Differences beyond the physical also loom large for us in our sport, and by that, I mean the stuff that’s completely invisible to the naked eye. As you might have guessed, I’m talkin ..read more
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Freestyle is For Everyone
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by Dialouge
1M ago
“You can change the axis, the orientation, the movement, even the position… but at the end of the day, it’s all just barrel rolls”  – Naomi Kotzee By Connor Figg   Ah, freestyle flying: that pointy-toed fringe discipline for contortionists. …Or is it? Spoiler alert: it is not. Myths and preconceptions may abound, but there’s no question that freestyle flying is art. It’s an expression of oneself using movement and freedom. The fun part is that this discipline is for absolutely everyone – and the more you take notice of what these skills can do for you as a flyer, the better off you’l ..read more
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We need to talk about the MARD
Skydive the Mag
by Dialouge
1M ago
By Karen Saunders I first wrote about the subject of the MARD back in December 2015. That feels like a long time ago, but make no mistake: for any skydiver who dislikes the idea of a reserve that doesn’t deploy in the event of an AAD fire, this topic is just as fresh now as it was then. The MARD (Main Assisted Reserve Deployment) systems used today are blindly trusted – while remaining incompletely understood – by the majority of the skydiving population. Case in point: I once asked a jumper who had had an AAD fire – after a total malfunction – why he hadn’t pulled his reserve handle after pul ..read more
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On Display
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by Dialouge
1M ago
By Joel Strickland When presented with the opportunity to join a water jump back in September, my initial instinct was to stay well clear of it. This is because in June of 2018 I cut away from underneath a functioning parachute into a body of water, and died. I still don’t know why. I was unconscious in a lake in Missouri for long enough to drown. I don’t remember being dragged onto the boat. The end result was a concussion, a couple of cracked bits of skeleton, and a procedure on my small intestine that ultimately meant a week in hospital. It was rough, for a bunch of reasons, most of all the ..read more
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Evolution Through Resolution
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by Dialouge
3M ago
Growing as an Instructor, One Year at a Time By Emily Aucutt As I write this article, Christmas is only a few days away. The new year is right around the corner. However, as you’re reading this it’s probably closer to the start of the 2024 season – still a good time to be setting some jumping based intentions. This time of year often makes a person reflective. It’s always nice to see people’s social media posts around this time, summarising the year they have had – not only the experienced jumpers, but also freshly A-licenced skydivers that, this time last year, hadn’t even booked a ground sch ..read more
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Turning over a new leaf blower
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by Dialouge
3M ago
Seven Tunnel Flying Resolutions for 2024 By Connor Figg As the clock strikes midnight and we look towards the new year, it’s traditional to think about our resolutions and plan out how we wish to be better for this lap of the sun than we were for the last. So for this article, we’ll touch upon some personal resolutions for the tunnel that can help anyone make the most of their time. STRETCH! (BECAUSE PRE-FLIGHT SHOELACE TYING SHOULDN’T BE THE EXTREME SPORT) You’ve probably heard this a thousand times now, but before you get in the wind, it’s crucial to make sure your limbs are as ready to pa ..read more
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Mile High Book Club: This Will Make You Smarter
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by Dialouge
5M ago
  Image courtesy HarperCollins What if how you think about skydiving is just as important to your progress in the sport as what you think as you repetitively train for a certain jump? What if you could add tools to your cognitive toolkit that will not only meaningfully improve your approach to skydiving, but also your approach to – and satisfaction in – your life off the dropzone, as well? Every year for more than a decade, the thinkers-of-all-stripes-and-flavours that comprise the Edge collective have been asked to respond to a single annual question. These questions are different each y ..read more
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Abler Every Season
Skydive the Mag
by Dialouge
5M ago
  To Skill Up as an Instructor, Skill Up as a Communicator By Emily Aucutt I wrote my first article for this mag at the start of the summer. In it, I spoke about the power of opening up conversations about inclusivity – and leading discussions that investigate the obstacles that could potentially block the path to an A licence. It may be that I’m becoming more aware of the conversations that are already happening. Perhaps this is a conversation that is being more openly and frequently approached on the dropzones. Either way, since the beginning of this summer, I’ve seen an increasingly po ..read more
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Flying is Mental
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by Dialouge
5M ago
Your Guide to Handling Fear & Frustration By Connor Figg Tunnel flying is as rewarding as it is frustrating. We spend huge amounts of time trying to hone our physical movements and control, watching and rewatching videos to try to eke every last drop of potential skill out of our meatbags. But the grey stuff up top that controls everything is often overlooked. There is a mental game to play in the tunnel, and those who understand this best will be the most prepared when things stop feeling easy, and the going gets tough. This article will cover two of the most challenging aspects of learni ..read more
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“Let’s Just Go and Have a Look”
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by Dialouge
5M ago
  All images courtesy Susan del Toro Sue Del Toro – once the Admin Secretary for what was then the BPA – met Richard in a pub. Okay, that’s not strictly true. She met him seven years before that, when she was working behind the reception desk at De Montford University – and again, a few years later, from behind yet another desk at yet another company. She was married to someone else at the time, so she didn’t remember either interaction. He, however, very much did – and, on that momentous night at the pub, the wait for her attention was over. “He told me he remembered me from all those ye ..read more
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