Did you think that skydiving possibilities were capped at falling belly-to-earth, lightly flying your parachute to the ground, and then packing up to do it again? You’ve never been more wrong! In case you’re wondering, “Is skydiving a competitive sport?” … the answer is yes! Learn more about the unique world of skydiving competitions and different skydiving disciplines!
As weird as this is to say (and while it is a nice thing to occasionally do), solo skydiving with no advancement in skill gets pretty boring after a while. We know, we know, how could skydiving be boring!? Well, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with skydiving in the OG belly way all on your lonesome, the possibilities are endless with what can be achieved with friends while falling through the sky! Let’s jump into the different types of skydiving recognized by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and what the skydiving competition realm calls for.
Skydiving is looked at more as a bucket-list item than an extreme sport! Why? Beats us! Just like any other competition, skydiving competitions are judged by professional and experienced judges based on certain criteria that pertains to each specific discipline. Meaning, the points associated with work done during freefall are different from what’s used to judge canopy work.
Think of it like gymnastics in the Olympics: judges watch for certain compulsory skills – and the extent to which they’re correctly completed – to effectively and accurately determine ranking. Competitions vary in stakes and take place on collegiate, state, national, and even international stages. Whether you’re a newb in the competitive realm or a seasoned veteran who has been competing for years, skydiving has a competition for you!
*All FS events include a team videographer, which helps the judges with some epic playbacks!
*A pretty nifty and avant-garde addition to canopy piloting is a freestyle option. Essentially, skydivers zoom over the water while doing a predetermined trick, some of them doing full-body 180s and then quickly flip back facing forward before landing – it’s pretty sick! These jumpers are judged on the execution, level of difficulty, and originality of the skill(s).
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