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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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Why You're Normally Deviant (And Why You Shouldn't Be) - 2017-06-27 by Annette O'Neil

Why You're Normally Deviant (And Why You Shouldn't Be) USPA Director of Safety and Training Jim Crouch introduced a really important concept in April’s Parachutist (‘Safety Check’; April 2017). In it, he brings up The Challenger Launch Decision, written by sociologist Diane Vaughan. Vaughn very usefully summarized the kernel of ...

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Indoors Outdoors - Translating Between The Tunnel & The Sky (Part 3) - 2017-06-22 by Joel Strickland

Indoors Outdoors - Translating Between The Tunnel & The Sky (Part 3) Backflying, in the manner that you learn as the entry point into freefly training in the tunnel, is not something much done up in the sky. Back tracking yes, and transitioning through your back from one place or position to another also yes, but static backfly not so much. ...

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Indoors Outdoors - Translating Between The Tunnel & The Sky (Part 2) - 2017-06-19 by Joel Strickland

Indoors Outdoors - Translating Between The Tunnel & The Sky (Part 2) Of all the basic orientations and body positions available, good old sitfly is the one that changes the most between indoor and outdoor flying. If you have done any head up training in a tunnel, your coach will very likely have been hitting you over the head from the very...

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Side by Side - A Two Out Story - 2017-06-12 by Laura Reed

Side by Side - A Two Out Story April 1st is typically a day for trickery, but the only fool this year was me, and the only trickster was my main canopy!

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The RSL and Skyhook Debate - 2017-06-09 by Andrew Goodfellow

The RSL and Skyhook Debate So…you just crushed an 8-way angle jump, stacked tight and flying fast. Damn that feels good. Or maybe it was a Sunday night sunset BFR with all the sky-fam that stuck around till the very end of another awesome weekend at the dropzone. Perfect! Or maybe you’re six jumps...

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Indoors Outdoors - Translating Between The Tunnel & The Sky - 2017-05-30 by Joel Strickland

Indoors Outdoors - Translating Between The Tunnel & The Sky Bodyflight has undergone significant evolution over the past few years. There are many tunnels now, with many more on the way - and the very best flying from formalised competitions attracts a great deal of attention from the outside world across the various media that we...

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Skydiving Fatality Reports:


Fatalities by Category:

Collisions (101) Collisions 15%
Landings (215) Landings 31%
No Pulls (60) No Pulls 9%
Malfunctions (132) Malfunctions 19%
Reserve Problems (26) Reserve Problems 4%
Other (95) Other 14%
Total (693)