Skydiving (tandem jumping) in Texel island - Act 2

Just before winter last year, we made elaborate arrangements for skydiving with a group of 13 people. Unfortunately, the weather played a big spoil-sport and we had to return with a huge disappointment, after going all the way to the flying centre in Texel :(  http://www.meetup.com/NL-Adventurers/events/15011933/ Then winter set in and we had to postpone it for a few months. This is attempt 2.

 

* I've already RSVP'ed for those who came last time. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP. You can go at your own convenience some other time.

* If you didn't come last time, you can join us if the RSVP list is not full. Please note that you'll have to make your own reservations for the actual jump. Website: http://www.paracentrumtexel.com/tandemjump/

* Event is subject to good weather :) This time we'll go only if there's no whiff of cloud in a 1000 KM radius :)

 

More details will be added a couple of days before the event!

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  • Venkat

    Guys, finally I did it last weekend :)
    Pics: http://goo.gl/GIXt8 Video: http://goo.gl/BSCIj

    June 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi Venkat
    sorry for mass posting, cannot see your # from link and think i deleted your email
    Called center, they say we should be able to jump pm .... but i need to be back to Amsterdam early pm so will try prob in 3 we when i am here again

    May 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi Venkat
    Still planning to go tomorrow, timings as before, will call them later this pm

    May 14, 2011

  • Melissa

    @Venkat: We took the motorcycle to Texel so didn't take a taxi. You might have some difficulty hitchhiking, but you could always try it. I know people that have done this on Texel and it worked out fine for them. The taxi's are often waiting by the boat so it's easy to get one. Hopefully you will have others with you and you can share the cost of the taxi. The guys at the paracentrum seemed to this that they should be able to get some jumps in tomorrow.

    May 14, 2011

  • Venkat

    @Melissa, glad that you enjoyed it :) I am gonna try my luck tomorrow!
    BTW, did you guys hire a taxi from the ferry alighting point? I am thinking of hitchhiking ;)

    May 14, 2011

  • Melissa

    @Venkat, thank you for organizing this meetup, although there was some rescheduling it was more than worth it. I had an awesome jump!!! Thanks for all the effort you put into this event.

    May 14, 2011

  • Melissa

    Here are some pictures from my jump from this afternoon. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2067735378497.2127376.1398202056

    May 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe. But if I reserved today, I would have to be there by 9:00. If your arrangements are different, it seems that I cannot go with you guys anyway.

    I think I'll reschedule too. I don't fancy getting up at 6:00 and going there by myself. :-(

    Anyway, have fun tomorrow!

    May 13, 2011

  • Venkat

    @Michiel: that time is for "on the spot" booking! But some of us have booked already!
    @soham: :(
    Anybody else joining tomorrow?

    May 13, 2011

  • Soham D.

    @Venkat : Looking at all this uncertainty, I have decided not to go tomorrow. Have fun. I might try next weekend, planning for a weekend trip to Texel.

    May 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Venkat: Are you sure about the timing? Because the woman I spoke to was pretty certain that to participate, you have to be there by 9:00.

    May 13, 2011

  • Venkat

    @Soham: 08:30 tomorrow! Can you be at Sloterdijk at 09:30?

    @Michiel: some of us have a discount already because we booked last year! Probably the person whom you spoke to is not the same person I spoke to!

    May 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! I just came off the phone with the centre, and apparently you have to be there before 9:00.
    I'd still like to go. Preferably, together with you guys. But this (new?) information should change our plans a bit.

    Also, they were unaware of any group going, so I assume you didn't try to go for the group discount.

    May 13, 2011

  • Soham D.

    @Venkat : what do u mean by 8:30? Tonight or tomorrow? I want to go tomorrow as well. We can co-ordinate, I will be coming from Utrecht.

    May 13, 2011

  • Venkat

    Guys, I also called the centre just now. Although she couldn't confirm 100%, she said it looks reasonably better tomorrow. I am gonna call them at 08:30 and if they say OK, I'll take the following train (note: maintenance work between Centraal & Sloterdijk) 09:47 Amsterdam Sloterdijk, destination Den Helder. Note: expect a waiting time of 3 to 4 hours before the jump. If any one else joins, we can hire a taxi.
    My nr: http://files.meetup.com/1065208/Nr.png
    ciao!

    May 13, 2011

  • Melissa

    My boyfriend Joe and I decided to go to Texel today to jump. It's a great day for a jump. The group should definitely try for a jump tomorrow! Have fun!

    May 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hm. I've now heard from two people who've made different appointments for tomorrow, because Venkat stated that the plan is cancelled. Perhaps it's still better to postpone this. I don't know!

    May 13, 2011

  • Kit

    I think it might be worth the risk.

    May 13, 2011

  • Soham D.

    Guys...good news...I called up Paracentrum few mins back and according to them, the weather should be good tomorrow for jump. I am in, who else??

    May 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still game! Venkat, can you ask the center?

    May 13, 2011

  • Soham D.

    I really want to do it...but maybe we have to wait till noon to have the clear sky..atleast this site says that : http://www.weather-forecast.com/locations/Texel/forecasts/latest
    Can the paracentrum people give us any hints?

    May 13, 2011

  • Venkat

    hmmm ... now the forecast for Sat seems to be clear! what shall we do?

    May 13, 2011

  • Venkat

    All,
    Sat plan is cancelled :( I'll keep an eye for Sun, but doubtful. Please use the order number I sent last year, to schedule your jump as per your convenience. If not Sun, I'll probably try again on 28th May.
    Ana: Here's my nr: http://files.meetup.com/1065208/Nr.png Let's keep in touch for the Sun plan!

    May 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess we can call the center on saturday morning, and notify everyone based on that call, but perhaps that would be too short notice for some people?

    May 12, 2011

  • Soham D.

    @All & Venkat: Looking at the weather conditions, we should postpone. We cannot go all the way to one end of Holland for nothing. Lets do it at the end of this month. What say?

    May 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    i went all the way there last we
    major learning not to do it this time!

    May 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    my posting was shortcut

    I am still planning to go this we and will take my car, leaving from close to Central
    Station. Can take + 3

    - will call center saturday pm to check weather
    - then again sunday 07.30 to leave at 08.00 if am jump possible, later if only pm
    - will call again before taking ferry, worst case will make a car tour of the area

    May 12, 2011

  • Venkat

    @Ana, tricky indeed :(
    BTW, did you go there last weekend or checked over phone?

    May 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi
    i did not manage to jump last WE - great blue sky but too much wind.

    i was planning to join you this we but this is now in question?

    This seems to be a bit of a hit

    May 12, 2011

  • Venkat

    Friends,
    1) Weather forecast is disappointing :( Light rain is predicted on Saturday!
    2) Even in May there doesn't seem to be a bus service from the alighting point. Looks like it is only in Jul - Sep! I don't want to go all the way again only to hear we cant jump. Shall we postpone?

    @Michiel: Please read the event description above carefully. You'll have to take care of it yourself.
    @Dinesh: You already paid last year. Guess you can transfer that money to your course?

    May 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Venkat,

    I was wondering when we'll get the rest of the information. For example: How much, when and to whom do we pay? So we meet at 9:00 at Amsterdam Central? At what time do you estimate we'll be back there?

    Thanks!

    May 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Venkat
    Sorry not not answering before
    I am finally jumping this WE.
    Fingers crossed :-)

    May 3, 2011

  • Kit

    I'm a definite yes!

    May 3, 2011

  • Venkat

    @Soham: we'll take bus this time; last year we went in off-season!
    @For those who have reserved last year: the following have confirmed for the trip on May 14 and I'll inform the flying centre tomorrow that we are coming. Rest: I don't know!
    Venkat, Melissa + 1, Alejandra, Soham, Parthiban

    May 3, 2011

  • Soham D.

    @Venkat : How are we planning to reach the place? Last time I remember you had arranged a small bus from Texel Ferry station to the place, are you arranging something similar this time as well?

    May 2, 2011

  • Venkat

    @Ana: somebody dropped out just now!

    April 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi, any chance of adding another person?

    April 26, 2011

  • Venkat

    Michiel, We got a discount (EUR 30) when we booked as a group last Oct (see first link above). Not sure if you'll get it now.

    April 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pricey. But I suspected it might be. Don't we get a discount for large groups, though (or did you already include the discount)?

    April 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like a lot of fun! But how much does this sort of thing cost?

    April 4, 2011

  • Sylvie

    Sorry guys, I'd rather stay 1 hour in the sky for a flight instruction than 1 minute for a skydive!

    April 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I jumped yesterday ~ aaaammmaaazinnng :)

    April 3, 2011

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