Who Skydives?

In April 2017, members received the 2016 annual skydiving survey. The results provide a snapshot about who skydives and where they come from. Total number of USPA members at the end of 2016 was 38,555. (Min. 37,670, Max. 39,147, Mean 38,539).

Age
17 or younger
0%
18-20  2%
21-29  17%
30-39  26%
40-49  19%
50-59  19%
60 or older
 17%
Gender

Male - 87%
Female - 13%

Total Jumps
0
  1%
1-25
   6%
26-500    47%
501-1,000    13%
1,001-10,000    30%
10,001+    2%
Members by Occupation
Other–10%
Skydiving–9%
Retired–8%
Engineering–8%
Military–8%
Self-Employed–8%
Computer and Mathematical–6%
Health and Medicine–6%
Management–5%
Business and Finance–4%
Sales/Marketing–4%
Aviation–3%
Building Trades–3%
Government–3%
Education–3%
Law Enforcement–2%
Installation and Maintenance–2%
Production–2%
Automotive–1%
Science–1%
Hospitality–1%
Entertainment–1%
Legal–1%
Indoor Skydiving–1%
Members by Region

Central - 5.3%
Eastern - 9.4%
Foreign - 16.2%
Gulf - 5.0%
Mid-Atlantic - 9.0%
Mideastern - 4.4%
Mountain - 7.3%
North Central - 3.0%
Northeastern - 3.7%
Northwest - 4.9%
Overseas/Military - 1.6%
Pacific - 5.1%
Southeast - 9.9%
Southern - 3.4%
Southwest - 3.3%
Western - 8.5%

Incidents and Accidents

There were approximately 5,255 reserve rides in the U.S. in 2016.
(0.16% of all jumps, or 1 reserve ride in every 614 skydives)

There were approximately 2,129 injuries in the U.S. in 2016.
(0.06% of all jumps, or 1 injury in every 1,515 skydives)

There were 21 skydiving fatalities in the U.S. in 2016.
(0.001% of all jumps, or 1 fatality in every 153,557 skydives)