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The Goal of Personal and Team Best (Exclusive Online Content)

Performing your best is the primary goal of most great athletes. Few things are more rewarding than training hard all for the big meet, raising your abilities to a level you had only dreamt of and actually delivering your best performance in competition. more »

On the Line: Succeeding in 4-Way

Part 1 of 6—Understanding Your Game and Selecting Your Team - (Exclusive Online Content - The Goal of Personal and Team Best)

There are many definitions for the mental approach or mental state we are in when we perform at the top of our game. Athletes refer to it as “flow,” “the zone” or the “ideal performance state.” It is a place where our minds are calm, undistracted and focused in the moment … when we let our instincts take over. It happens almost effortlessly when we allow it to. more »

Foundations of Flight—Head-Down Breakoff

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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel of Axis Flight School and his teammate Brandon Atwood of Arizona Arsenal at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Steve Curtis (digitally altered by USPA). more »

Foundations of Flight—Diving Exit

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Brought to you by Axis Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Photos by Niklas Daniel. more »

Foundations of Flight—Sit-Fly Exits

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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel of Axis Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy and his teammate Brandon Atwood of Arizona Arsenal.

Photos by Arsenal’s Steve Curtis. more »

Bigger, Bolder, Safer

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In April 2010, fundraising and outreach organization Raise the Sky organized Project XRW (which stands for “extreme relative work”) to bring together the most highly skilled athletes in canopy piloting and wingsuiting to explore the interaction between the disciplines. After experiencing a growth of knowledge and several safe projects in various locations, Project XRW kicked off an expansion phase in January against the backdrop of Skydive Sebastian’s unspoiled Florida coastline and cloudless sky. The founding team members invited select highly experienced wingsuit pilots to join the group in flying with PD Factory Team canopy pilots Ian Bobo, Jessica Edgeington and Jonathan Tagle under their Performance Designs Velocity 71 parachutes. more »

The Downsizing Checklist

Safety & Training Advisors spend a considerable amount of time telling people they shouldn’t be loading their canopies so heavily. But 90 percent of the time, jumpers don’t listen. Skydivers can have a bit of an ego, and many simply hear, “I think you’re a crappy canopy pilot who can’t handle a smaller wing.” So they downsize anyway and break their legs, backs and pelvises with some regularity. more »

Foundations of Flight—Exiting a 2-Way Compressed Accordion Piece

Axis Flight LogoBrought to you by Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy with Thomas Hughes of Arizona Airspeed. Photos by Niklas Daniel. more »

Utilizing SkydiveSchool.org as an Online Resource

USPA Instructors and Coaches are busy keeping our sport replenished, vibrant and growing at drop zones around the world, and the demand on their time is heavy. Drop zones can help their teams keep the quality of instruction high, minimize burnout, reduce liability, provide consistent curriculums and capitalize on new student enthusiasm, all without spending additional money, by using the website skydiveschool.org. more »