Media Inquiries

Members of the media can contact Nancy Koreen, USPA’s Director of Sport Promotion, at or (540) 604-9740, ext. 318, to—

  • learn more about USPA and skydiving
  • request an interview
  • obtain skydiving photos for press use
Press Links

The following links contain information on USPA and the sport of skydiving:

USPA Overview
Read about the U.S. Parachute Association’s mission and history, as well as its many programs and functions, including safety and training, Group Membership, government relations and much more.

Skydiving Safety
2009 had the fewest fatal skydiving accidents in the U.S. in almost five decades. Learn about skydiving’s safety record over the years and about how the sport continues to become safer.

Skydiver Demographics
USPA’s 38,000-plus members range in age from 16 to 96 and represent a diverse mix of people from all walks of life. Find out who skydives and where they come from.

Skydiving Terminology
This A-to-Z glossary can help you understand skydiving lingo and teach you to talk the talk like the pros.

Skydiving Equipment
Learn about the basic components of skydiving gear, and get a primer on how a parachute system works.

Skydiving Disciplines
Licensed skydivers have virtually limitless options for aerial fun. Read about some of the most common activities skydivers enjoy in freefall and under canopy.

How to Start Skydiving
Learn about the three basic first-jump methods and find a local skydiving center.

Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to some common questions about the experience of jumping out of an airplane.

Upcoming Events

One of the U.S. Parachute Association’s key functions is sanctioning national skydiving competitions and records on behalf of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the international body overseeing all air sports. Each year, USPA conducts national skydiving championship events.

USPA welcomes media at all national championship events and can facilitate interviews with competitors and supply photos and videos of competition jumps. For further information, e-mail Nancy Koreen, USPA’s Director of Sport Promotion, at


USPA National Skydiving Championships of Artistic Events and Formation Skydiving

October 22 - November 1, 2015
Skydive Arizona, Eloy, AZ

The USPA Nationals is the largest annual skydiving event in the world. Over the course of two weeks, more than 500 skydiving competitors from across the country compete in more than two dozen different events. This action-packed event is a constant flurry of activity, with individuals and teams of up to 16 jumpers competing simultaneously in both freefall and canopy disciplines. There are 14 different skydiving events featured including—

Formation Skydiving: Teams of four, eight, 10 and 16 jumpers race against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes.

Vertical Formation Skydiving: On a freefall jump, 4-person teams perform acrobatic maneuvers on upright and upside-down axes to complete as many pre-designated formations as possible in time.

Freeflying: A radical and truly three-dimensional competition where 3-person teams freefall together in every imaginable orientation, carefully choreographed for speed and excitement.

Freestyle Skydiving: A jumper combines the dynamics of gymnastics with the elegance of dance in an aerial performance starting 13,000 feet above the ground.


USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

December 28, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Florida Skydiving Center, Lake Wales, FL

The collegiate nationals draws roughly 100 jumpers from colleges and universities across the country for a week of fun, spirited skydiving competition in a variety of disciplines. USPA conducts the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships to promote learning, safety, competition, sportsmanship and camaraderie among college skydivers. The collegiate championships provide a great way for college students around the country, generally limited for funding, to compete in skydiving, and many continue on as competitors after graduation.