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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 Art of DZOing - 2016-07-13 by Annette O'Neil

The Art of DZOing Meet the forces of nature that turn your loads. Annette O'Neil talks with several DZOs about the details of operating a dropzone, from getting started to keeping things running smoothly.

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6 Ways to Be Less Dumb When You Buy Used Skydiving Gear - 2016-07-04 by Annette O'Neil

6 Ways to Be Less Dumb When You Buy Used Skydiving Gear Paul Iglin has been brokering used skydiving gear for more than a decade. He’s seen it all. He has definitely seen your kind before, and wants you to know a few things about the buying process, so you don’t make the same mistakes he’s seen over – and over – and over. I...

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Turbulence Is Trying To Hide From You - Here’s Where to Look - 2016-06-27 by Annette O'Neil

Turbulence Is Trying To Hide From You - Here’s Where to Look Most of the time, you’re gonna be lucky. You’ll meet turbulence under a skydiving canopy high enough above the ground that you’ll just rumble around for a little bit before cruising into smoother air. Sometimes, though, your luck will run out.

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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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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)