Skydive Orange- Skydiving Fatality, Incident, and
accident avoidance- How Safe is Skydiving?
Skydiving has largely gained acceptance as a legal way of indulging our independent spirit. Many intelligent and safety-conscious people consider the risks manageable and reasonable. However, nobody can responsibly tell you that skydiving is a safe thing to do.
Though we continually strive to make skydiving safer, fatalities,
incidents and injuries can and always will occur.
Skydivers reduce the obvious risks with training, good equipment, and proven procedures. They learn to take the necessary precautions, setting limits for themselves and
skydiving within those limits. Skydiving offers people rich rewards for challenging themselves reasonably and successfully meeting those challenges. That's part of the
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Skydiving training starts with a high degree of instructor support, typically a tandem jump with the instructor attached from exit to landing. Follow-up training takes individuals through at their own pace until they can jump independently with both competence and confidence. Each of the four skydiving proficiency "licenses" issued by the U.S. Parachute Association from 25 up to 500 jumps qualifies jumpers at progressively higher levels through testing and documenting their added training and qualifications.
Someone considering taking up skydiving as a sport could compare skydiving's risks to trekking, mountain biking, climbing, adventure tourism, skiing, white-water rafting, horseback riding, and other sports that offer different levels of challenge for their participants. Obviously, enough things can go wrong on any skydive (or any of these activities) to get someone killed, but it's rare. Most serious accidents occur only after a participant ignores known safety protocols. For example, a sedentary urbanite would be ill-advised to hike up a 14,000-foot peak on during his week-long vacation in Colorado, something a conditioned Rocky Mountain resident might do for an afternoon's diversion. In skydiving as well, you don't jump in at the deep end.
Most people can skydive as safely as engaging in any number of activities available to active people. As you get to know the sport, you can choose your own level of adventure and commitment. Skydive Orange offers a complete complement of professionals to assist people who want to make from a few dozen jumps a year to hundreds. You can rent the excellent equipment available at Skydive Orange indefinitely or provide your own.
Is skydiving safe? Of course not. Is it reasonable? We think so. Does it compare to the many risks that people choose to take every day? Absolutely.
One of the things we do to try to make Skydiving safer is to host a
usually well attended Safety
Day at Skydive Orange.
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