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In skydiving, as in any other risky endeavor there exists a direct relationship between your knowledge, skill and attitude, and your chances of survival. Explore the categories below for a wide range of skydiving safety and training related articles. Never stop learning.


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The Straight and Narrow - Cross-Wind Landings - 2016-06-20 by Annette O'Neil

The Straight and Narrow - Cross-Wind Landings Nobody’s going to argue that landing directly into the wind is the best way to go, but we’re not always that lucky. Got a long, narrow path between obstacles? Unless you’re super-duper lucky and the wind direction seems to have been designed entirely for your landing...

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Your First Reserve Ride - Go Time - 2016-06-08 by Annette O'Neil

Your First Reserve Ride - Go Time You’re as ready as you’ll ever be. Right? You know what a malfunctioning main looks like. You know the sequence*. You’ve done your homework (like we reviewed last time). Before you pull that handle, though, make sure you know the rest of the story: how to make that reserve ...

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Your First Reserve Ride - Laying The Foundation - 2016-05-31 by Annette O'Neil

Your First Reserve Ride - Laying The Foundation Are you ready to be alone in the sky with a malfunctioning parachute and two little handles? Though there are skydivers with thousands of jumps who have never experienced the fun of a cutaway, don’t be fooled: it’s not a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when.” Don’t...

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How To Organize Your Sky - 2016-05-25 by Annette O'Neil

How To Organize Your Sky>Who are all those people, anyway, with the smiling faces and the discipline names printed in all-caps underneath them? What’s an “Organizer,” really? If you don’t know the etiquette, it can be a little daunting to get on those loads without fear of a forehead-slapping faux ...

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The Other Certification Every Skydiver Needs: A WFR Card - 2016-05-05 by Annette O'Neil

The Other Certification Every Skydiver Needs: A WFR Card You’re coming down from a great jump. You land, laughing, and whip around for the imminent high-five with a huge smile on your face. That smile drops right along with the friend framed in your view. Something happened in those last few feet of flight--you don’t know what,...

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The 6 Laws of Exit Order You Really Need to Know - 2016-04-14 by Annette O'Neil

The 6 Laws of Exit Order You Really Need to Know Does exit order seem like some kind of obscure semi-religious ritual? Do you go through the motions without really understanding the moving parts? If so, yikes--but you’re certainly not alone. Luckily, understanding the logic behind the order is a pretty straightforward...

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Skydiving Fatality Reports:


Fatalities by Category:

Collisions (96) Collisions 15%
Landings (209) Landings 32%
No Pulls (59) No Pulls 9%
Malfunctions (122) Malfunctions 19%
Reserve Problems (26) Reserve Problems 4%
Other (89) Other 14%
Total (653)