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Up Is the New Down—Part 2: Movement Jumps

Up Is the New Down—Part 2: Movement Jumps

It’s great that jumpers are finally catching up to what the pioneers were doing 16 years ago, but with so much freefall traffic and so many people trying new things, it’s essential for everyone to learn how to be safe so we can keep on playing. more »

Have You Checked Your Six?

Have You Checked Your Six?

“Check your six”: a popular military expression meaning, “Check your six o’clock position” (the spot directly behind you). more »

Lee Schlichtemeier Receives the 2016 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Lee Schlichtemeier Receives the 2016 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award

USPA gave special recognition to Dr. Alvin Lee Schlichtemeier by presenting him with the association’s highest honor, the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award. more »

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents 2016

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents 2016

Because skydiving is dependent on aircraft, it’s essential to understand the risk of the ride to altitude. One way to evaluate that risk is to review recent jump plane accidents. Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  more »

Profile - Kevin Anfinson | D-29701

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20104Kevin Anfinson started skydiving in 1999, earned a degree in photography at California State University, then proceeded to take the degree to the sky. He’s even had a chance to provide footage for the television show “Mythbusters.” Kevin’s great attitude makes him a pleasure to be around, and his enjoyment of skydiving is contagious. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Kathy Stringer

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by Kathy Stringer | C-36393 | Hendersonville, North Carolina

Skydiving has changed my life in so many ways. First, skydiving brought Larry and me together. Although we met in college and had been good friends for almost three years, we never dated—that is, until Larry and his twin brother, Gary, became skydivers. One day, I asked Larry to take me with him. So, for our first date, on July 22, 1979, he took me skydiving in Liberty, North Carolina. I did a static-line jump, and Larry did a solo jump. I fell in love—with jumping and with Larry! We had a whirlwind courtship and married three months later. Like most newlyweds, we were very poor. So, since Larry was an experienced jumper, he continued to jump, and I put my skydiving on hold. more »

The President's Report - April 2010

JayStokes

All associations struggle to have their members more deeply involved in the governance process. With USPA, the problem isn’t apathy so much as acceptance. As long as members can skydive when they want and where they want at a reasonable cost—and as long as they receive their monthly Parachutist on time—most are content to leave the “business” of USPA to others. However, the scope of the association’s issues demands that as many members as possible get involved in elections and stay informed. more »

Repacking the Reserve

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What’s involved in a reserve repack, and why do repacks vary in price? more »

Good News-Bad News

2009 ended with just 16 civilian skydiving fatalities in the United States, a modern-day record low. We have to go all the way back to 1961 to find a year with fewer fatalities (14). On one hand, this is a phenomenal achievement considering that the number of jumps made in 2009 by 32,000-plus USPA members is considerably higher than in 1961, when 3,353 members made a much smaller (but unknown total) number of jumps. In regard to safety, our sport has certainly come a long way. On the other hand, we had many near misses, serious injuries and have seen many mistakes repeated from past years. more »

Shaking off the Rust

For many instructional rating holders in the U.S., student training and jumping activity finally comes to life again in March after several frigid months of un-jumpable weather. First-time students start showing up, as do those returning students who didn’t get a chance to wrap up their A-license requirements before the weather turned cold and the drop zone closed for the winter. But before you get busy helping students get current and before you start jumping with all those first timers, make sure you are current yourself. Whether you are a coach or an instructor, and no matter which discipline you hold a rating in, ground and air skills can get rusty in just a short period of time. more »

How to Teach Your Brain to Skydive

You may not realize it, but you probably spend a lot of time teaching your brain how to skydive. Dirt dives, creeper practice and touching emergency handles on the ride to altitude are some of the ways we train our brains to direct our bodies what to do while jumping. Since performance is only as good as the training we give our brains, knowing a little about how the brain learns might improve our skydiving. more »

The 2009 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

USPA welcomed jumpers to the longest continually running skydiving competition in the U.S.—the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships—December 28 through January 2. Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas, hosted the 52nd annual collegiate competition. It was the second year in a row that the DZ hosted collegiates, and more than 100 jumpers competed in a total of 12 categories encompassed by four disciplines (formation skydiving [FS], vertical formation skydiving [VFS], classic and sport accuracy). more »

Profile - Matt Cline | D-21585

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20103Matt Cline is a retired member of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and has had countless combat engagements and many war deployments during his career. He also led and trained the 101st Airborne Parachute Demonstration Team, the Screaming Eagles. After 20-plus years in the military, Matt is now a full-time skydiver who holds just about every rating USPA has to offer and is a USPA Safety & Training Advisor at Large for the southern region. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jay Lehr

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by Jay Lehr | D-22708 | Ostrander, Ohio

When I was 16 years old and working as a summer camp waiter in New Hampshire, I was commandeered off a road one day to help fight a forest fire. That day, I saw smoke jumpers jumping in to fight the fire. I thought it was so neat that each summer during college I applied to the smoke jumping school in Missoula, Montana, but, sadly, was never accepted. more »

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