How safe is skydiving?
There are different types of skydiving and it’s important to make that clear. The more technical sport of skydiving has a fairly low risk level, but there is an element of risk. Our static line jumps and tandem jumps are really safe and as the other content on this page will tell you has built in fail safe features. As with any action sport, parachuting can never be entirely risk-free.” (BPA, 2017).
Stated below are the current statistics in skydiving that has been conducted by the British Skydiving.
The injury rate is about 1 injury/1100jumps and varies a little by gender (slightly higher risk for women). The all-time tandem fatality rate is about 0.15 per 100,000 jumps (1 in 653,000) and there were no tandem fatalities in the UK in the last 20 year block studied (1997-2016). When you compare these statistics to other sports such as Mountain Hiking (1 death in 15,700), it is clear that skydiving is a lot safer than it is made out to be.
Although skydiving can sound dangerous and might not seem like the safest activity to participant in, chances are you participant in day to day activities that might seem risk free however they actually are much risker, such as driving your car on the motorway.
Tandem Skydiving is the safest option for first time skydivers. Rather than deploying the parachute and steering the canopy on your own you’ll be strapped to an extremely experienced instructor that’s will have many, many jumps under their belt.
I’m wondering what the landings are like?
You will be required to lift your legs up for landing, unable to do so will result in injury. To minimise this risk, we require all tandem students to demonstrate lifting their legs up during the safety briefing. Most landings are soft, and most tandem instructors will land you doing a sliding sit-down position. Sometimes the instructor may make a gently stand up landing, if the weather conditions are suitable.