Skydivers Over Sixty Set New Records!

Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS), an independent organization of skydiving enthusiasts over age 60, set two new SOS world records at Skydive Perris in California in late April. First, the team completed a 65-person freefall formation to set the SOS world record for largest formation skydive. Next, they completed a two-point (two different formations on the same skydive) 60-person jump to set a new SOS world record for sequential formation skydiving (a sequence of more than one formation). Both records surpass the one-point 60-person SOS world record set in 2012. Additionally, a g roup of 24 members of Jumpers Over Seventy set a new JOS world record with a successful 24-person skydive. And 12 members of Women Skydivers Over Sixty set a WSOS world record with a successful two-point 12-person skydive.

The 10-day event included 100 members of Skydivers Over Sixty and Jumpers Over Seventy from seven countries and across the U.S. The international team included 63 participants in their 60s, 33 in their 70s and two participants in their 80s.

Skydivers Over Sixty began more than 25 years ago and now has almost 2,200 members worldwide. SOS is a subset of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS), which creates and sanctions record categories for its various subgroups. SOS donates all its net proceeds from membership fees and store sales to the U.S. Parachute Team Trust Fund (almost $24,000) and also donates to the U.S. Parachute Association’s Skydiving Safety Foundation and Airport Access and Defense Fund, as well as to the International Skydiving Museum.