Skydiving/Parachuting: First jump and jump training, equipment, drop zone operations, employment opportunities, lifestyle, general aviation...
Lifetime member of the United States Parachute Association ("USPA"). Currently active as a licensed instructor, coach, and instructor trainer with over 25 years experience. Skydiving was my full-time career and primary source of income for over 10 years. Participating member of the USPA's safety and training committee. Over 10,000 jumps (military and civilian); traditional relative work/formation skydiving, aerial camera/videographer, canopy relative work, sky-surfing, free-flying, BASE, national competitor/team coaching experience. Multiple world records (Large formation)
Commercial/military pilot, air traffic control specialist, retired military officer, BS, JD (09)
Skydiving is one of the things in life that has immense power to instill confidence, self-reliance, and a sense of achievement in people. Skydiving is available to nearly every person and requires only the desire to experience one of life's opportunities or perhaps the desire to overcome what for many people is a natural fear.
We are students in every aspect of life, every day. I am constantly learning and teaching, seeking safer, more efficient, more enjoyable ways to participate in the sport.
People sometimes deliberately jump keeping their eyes closed for training/learning purposes.
In the U.S. alone millions of jumps are made every year. In 2007 only 16 jumps ended fatally. Every day in a single four hour period, 20 people die in automobile crashes.(Average according to the Natl. Hwy. Trans. Safety Admin., see http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx)
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Hi Mark, Thanks for your question. Buying gear can be a bit daunting, but if you keep three things in mind you'll be good to go. In specific order, the three considerations are: Safety, Size, and Style
Hi Elizabeth, Sorry for the delay in answering your question. I have been out of the country. The only jobs that will require skydiving licenses are job in the industry. Specifically, instructor jobs
The cost to become an instructor varies. I noted that you are in the UK. I suggest that you contact the British Parachute Assn. (BPA) at: http://www.bpa.org.uk/ they could provide you with accurate
Dear JuJu: Congratulations on your desire to make a skydive. It can be among the most exciting and empowering events in a lifetime. To find a local drop zone check out www.uspa.org it has a list of skydiving
Dear Kyle: Thanks for your question. The skydiving industry is a pretty close knit community and, as you might guess, a seasonal activity. Working in the business can give you the opportunity to travel