United States Parachute Association News

May is Learn to Skydive Month!

This May, participating skydiving centers around the country are offering first-timers the chance to learn how to skydive-for free! The U.S. Parachute Association has proclaimed May as “Learn to Skydive Month.” Throughout the month, participating skydiving centers will host “Learn to Skydive for Free” classes, which include the ground-training portion of a first-jump course, the first step toward a solo skydive. U.S. Parachute Association-certified instructor s will teach the course s , which include all the basics for jumping solo. Students will learn about equipment, aircraft, exiting, freefall, how to open and land a parachute, emergency procedures and more . Those who then decide to take the leap can pay for the air portion of the jump and receive additional hands-on training before doing a solo or tandem skydive.

In other skydiving news, a group of 26 women claimed a new world record for largest sequential head-down skydive by completing two formations on a single jump. The women set the record on February 9 over Skydive Sebastian in Florida on their first attempt. Red Bull sponsored the event in honor of International Women’s Day in March.