I would agree 100%. I think the biggest part is accepting responsibility for your actions and the sense of accomplishment. But a tandem student does make the decision to jump and accepts responsibility to make that jump. That is more than most people. So, they also get a sense of accomplishment. I started with a Tandem 14 years ago; I planned on doing just the one jump. I then wanted to do it by myself, then freefall by myself, then pack and jump my own pack job, get on the "hot loads", do a 100way....The list of accomplishments I wanted to achieve kept coming, and they still keep coming now.
"Want the experience, but not the responsibility"
Exactly the point, a huge part of skydiving is accepting the responsibility for yourself.
I don't belittle a person for just wanting to do a tandem, they made a big choice and should feel good about it even if they do not want to pursue skydiving as a hobby. It is a big event, and they should feel proud.
If you don't want to accept that responsibility then your not skydiving
This I disagree with. If you stepped out of a plane you did "skydive". I would not consider you a "Skydiver". Just as I don't consider a person a "pilot" until they have soloed, but a guy that once flew on American Airlines did in fact "fly".
With tandem what is dangerous for the tandem master is also dangerous for the passenger, because as the ground rushes up both the tandem master and the passenger face the same fate.
Same fate, yes. Same responsibility levels, no.
Maybe you can fill us in on your background...do you have instructor ratings? I have SL, AFF and Tandem ratings.
Students are MUCH less likely to screw up and cause an issue on a Tandem compared to an AFF, or a SL jump. They have almost nothing to do and an experienced jumper is attached to them and in charge. So, there is no safer way for them to make a jump since they are, in essence, cargo going for a ride with a guy that has at least 500 jumps and the student has little to no responsibility or *ability to screw up bad enough to die*. Since most skydiving accidents are the direct result of the jumper making a mistake, a Tandem is safer *for the student*.
You are 100% correct that tandems are more dangerous than a regular jump....But, the chance of the student freezing, or screwing up is reduced and therefore more safe than AFF, or SL for the *STUDENT*. You are correct that it is however MORE dangerous for the instructor, than either AFF or SL.
So it is correct to say "There is no safer way for a student to make a jump...But no more dangerous way for an instructor to make a student jump."
Also as a tandem master do you make more money for making a tandem jump or a AFF jump?
Depends on the pay structure at the specific DZ. At one DZ I get paid more to do a Tandem than an AFF and both pay more than SL. At the current DZ I work for all instructor slots get paid the same to include coach jumps.
Please notice 2006
in the link you provided. I said "Just got back" That implies 2007, not 2006. The 2007 Nats are still underway in Chicago, I left after 4way.
Notice that same year however,(2006) Second in open 8way.
Here is 2007 (Arizona Ace):
In fact 2006 was the first time my team was not in the top 10.