Media Inquiries

Members of the media can contact Nancy Koreen, USPA’s Director of Sport Promotion, at sportpromo@uspa.org or (540) 604-9740, to—

  • learn more about USPA and skydiving
  • request an interview
  • obtain skydiving photos for press use
Press Links

The following links contain information on USPA and the sport of skydiving:

USPA Overview
Read about the U.S. Parachute Association’s mission and history, as well as its many programs and functions, including safety and training, Group Membership, government relations and much more.

Skydiving Safety
2009 had the fewest fatal skydiving accidents in the U.S. in almost five decades. Learn about skydiving’s safety record over the years and about how the sport continues to become safer.

Skydiver Demographics
USPA’s 38,000-plus members range in age from 16 to 96 and represent a diverse mix of people from all walks of life. Find out who skydives and where they come from.

Skydiving Terminology
This A-to-Z glossary can help you understand skydiving lingo and teach you to talk the talk like the pros.

Skydiving Equipment
Learn about the basic components of skydiving gear, and get a primer on how a parachute system works.

Skydiving Disciplines
Licensed skydivers have virtually limitless options for aerial fun. Read about some of the most common activities skydivers enjoy in freefall and under canopy.

How to Start Skydiving
Learn about the three basic first-jump methods and find a local skydiving center.

Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to some common questions about the experience of jumping out of an airplane.

Upcoming Events

One of the U.S. Parachute Association’s key functions is sanctioning national skydiving competitions and records on behalf of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the international body overseeing all air sports. Each year, USPA conducts national skydiving championship events.

USPA welcomes media at all national championship events and can facilitate interviews with competitors and supply photos and videos of competition jumps. For further information, e-mail Nancy Koreen, USPA’s Director of Sport Promotion, at sportpromo@uspa.org.

USPA National Parachuting Championships

Canopy Formation, Canopy Piloting, and Classic and Sport Accuracy
September 10-18, 2017
Skydive Paraclete XP, Raeford, North Carolina

Canopy Piloting: In canopy piloting, often called "swooping," skydivers fly high-performance canopies that can generate high vertical and horizontal speeds. By performing speed-inducing maneuvers, these very experienced skydivers can glide inches above the water for hundreds of yards at speeds exceeding 90 mph. Competitors fly their parachutes through narrow, slalom-like courses in three events: speed, distance and accuracy.

Canopy Formation: Teams of two and four deploy their parachutes immediately after exiting the plane and are timed as they build formations with their open parachutes, holding onto each other’s canopies.

Accuracy Landing: In classic accuracy, a jumper under his parachute tries to land on a dime-sized dot on a landing tuffet. In sport accuracy, a jumper aims his parachute for a target as he glides horizontally across the ground at high speeds.

USPA National Skydiving Championships

Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Mixed Formation Skydiving, Artistic Freeflying and Freestyle, Speed Skydiving, Wingsuit Flying
September 16-October 1, 2017
Skydive Perris, California

Formation Skydiving: Teams of 4, 8, 10 and 16 skydivers leap from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then race against the clock while falling belly-to-earth to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes. Videographers jump with the teams to capture the maneuvers for the judges on the ground.

Vertical Formation Skydiving: Four-person teams exit the airplane more than two miles above the ground and perform a series of maneuvers in freefall on upright and upside-down axes to complete as many pre-designated formations as possible in time. Videographers jump with the teams to capture the maneuvers for the judges on the ground.

Mixed Formation Skydiving: Two-person teams leap from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then race against the clock to form a series of maneuvers in multiple orientations, including belly- and back-to-earth, upright and upside-down, while a videographer flies alongside to catch all the action.

Freeflying: A truly three-dimensional competition where two-person teams perform dynamic artistic routines in every imaginable orientation, while a videographer flies around them to film and add artistry to the routines.

Freestyle: Most akin to aerial ballet, a jumper performs a graceful dance in freefall, while a videographer flies around him or her to film and add artistry to the routines.

Speed Skydiving: Individual skydivers dive head-first toward the ground in attempt to clock the fastest vertical speed possible, often approaching 300 mph.

Wingsuit Skydiving: Jumpers wear technologically advanced suits specially designed to increase their horizontal glide across the ground. Wingsuit competition includes two events: performance flying, in which individual competitors are judged on longest flight time, farthest distance and fastest horizontal speed; and acrobatic flying, in which teams of two flyers and a videographer play a thrilling game of aerial tag while gliding across the sky.

USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

December 28, 2017-January 2, 2018
Florida Skydiving Center, Lake Wales, FL

The collegiate nationals draws roughly 100 jumpers from colleges and universities across the country for a week of fun, spirited skydiving competition in a variety of disciplines. USPA conducts the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships to promote learning, safety, competition, sportsmanship and camaraderie among college skydivers. The collegiate championships provide a great way for college students around the country, generally limited for funding, to compete in skydiving, and many continue on as competitors after graduation.