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 email@example.com.
USPA National Parachuting Championships
Canopy Formation, Canopy Piloting, and Classic and Sport Accuracy
September 10-18, 2017
Skydive Paraclete XP, Raeford, North Carolina
Canopy Piloting: In canopy piloting, often called "swooping," skydivers fly high-performance canopies that can generate high vertical and horizontal speeds. By performing speed-inducing maneuvers, these very experienced skydivers can glide inches above the water for hundreds of yards at speeds exceeding 90 mph. Competitors fly their parachutes through narrow, slalom-like courses in three events: speed, distance and accuracy.
Canopy Formation: Teams of two and four deploy their parachutes immediately after exiting the plane and are timed as they build formations with their open parachutes, holding onto each other’s canopies.
Accuracy Landing: In classic accuracy, a jumper under his parachute tries to land on a dime-sized dot on a landing tuffet. In sport accuracy, a jumper aims his parachute for a target as he glides horizontally across the ground at high speeds.
USPA National Skydiving Championships
Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Mixed Formation Skydiving, Artistic Freeflying and Freestyle, Speed Skydiving, Wingsuit Flying
September 16-October 1, 2017
Skydive Perris, California
Formation Skydiving: Teams of 4, 8, 10 and 16 skydivers leap from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then race against the clock while falling belly-to-earth to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes. Videographers jump with the teams to capture the maneuvers for the judges on the ground.
Vertical Formation Skydiving: Four-person teams exit the airplane more than two miles above the ground and perform a series of maneuvers in freefall on upright and upside-down axes to complete as many pre-designated formations as possible in time. Videographers jump with the teams to capture the maneuvers for the judges on the ground.
Mixed Formation Skydiving: Two-person teams leap from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then race against the clock to form a series of maneuvers in multiple orientations, including belly- and back-to-earth, upright and upside-down, while a videographer flies alongside to catch all the action.
Freeflying: A truly three-dimensional competition where two-person teams perform dynamic artistic routines in every imaginable orientation, while a videographer flies around them to film and add artistry to the routines.
Freestyle: Most akin to aerial ballet, a jumper performs a graceful dance in freefall, while a videographer flies around him or her to film and add artistry to the routines.
Speed Skydiving: Individual skydivers dive head-first toward the ground in attempt to clock the fastest vertical speed possible, often approaching 300 mph.
Wingsuit Skydiving: Jumpers wear technologically advanced suits specially designed to increase their horizontal glide across the ground. Wingsuit competition includes two events: performance flying, in which individual competitors are judged on longest flight time, farthest distance and fastest horizontal speed; and acrobatic flying, in which teams of two flyers and a videographer play a thrilling game of aerial tag while gliding across the sky.
USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships
December 28, 2017-January 2, 2018
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.