Local, state, national and international skydiving championships are made up of the following competition categories, also known as skydiving disciplines. Below is a brief overview, click on the link for more information on each event category.
Teams of four or eight performers build a series of shapes or formations in freefall. Competitors link up by taking arm or leg grips either in a belly to earth or vertical (head up or head down) position. In competition teams must correctly complete a randomly drawn sequence of formations as many times as they can in the allocated time they are given. Each correct formation scores the team one point. The team's videographer flies with the team to record their performance for the judges. The winning team is the team who has the most points accrued over all complete rounds.
The grand prix of skydiving disciplines, Canopy Piloting also known as swooping is the most spectacular event for any crowd. Competitors exit the aircraft from 5,000 feet and open their parachute straight away. Top competitors can reach speeds in excess of 100 km/h across the ground. In competition there three events of Speed, Distance and Zone Accuracy.
This is real human flight - continual improvements in wingsuit design enables competitors to keep pushing the boundaries of performance. In Australian and international competition there are two categories - Wingsuit Performance for solo flight and Wingsuit Acrobatics for team event.
The fastest non-motorised sport on the planet! The aim is to go as fast as you can in freefall. Compared to the standard belly to earth freefall position speed of approximately 200 km/h, speed skydivers are reaching speeds in excess of 500 km/h! Competitors streamline their body position and modify their equipment to reduce drag for maximum speed, wearing a GPS tracking device to log their speed. The competitor with the highest cumulative score over all rounds is the winner.
This is sky dancing - competitors perform aerial acrobatic routines in freefall. A team videographer flies in three dimensions to capture the performance of the team. In competition there are a combination of compulsory manoeuvres and free routines. Teams are judged on technical difficulty, fluidity, style and presentation.
Competitors open their parachutes immediately after exiting the plane and then build formations by linking together in flight. In competition teams must complete as many formations as possible in the set time for their event. The team videographer flies behind to capture the performance of the team. The winning team is the team who has the most points accrued over all complete rounds in the competition.
Also known as Precision Accuracy this discipline tests the skill of piloting technique and analysis of weather conditions. The aim is for each competitor to land their parachute as closely as they can to the target.
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