Skydiving competitions are vibrant, exciting, challenging & great fun!
Competitions are available in many different disciplines of the sport, which are known as ‘disciplines’. The competitions scene is dynamic, with new and emerging disciplines growing in popularity all the time.
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Competitions at all levels
The UK Skydiving League (UKSL) in Formation Skydiving and Grand Prix in several other disciplines have meets throughout the season at Centres across the UK. The FS Grand Prix is called British Skydiving UKSL because it’s linked with the European Skydiving League (ESL)
British Skydiving UKSL and Grand Pix meets are the ideal way to cut your teeth in competitions. Some of the meets have British Skydiving Skills Coaching Roadshows at which top skydivers offer free-of-charge coaching – you just pay for your jumps – courtesy of British Skydiving. Other Skills Coaching Roadshows take place as stand-alone coaching events.
British Skydiving’s aim is to encourage more members to take part in the excitement of competitive skydiving, and the skills development that goes with it. Many teams that have enjoyed the competitions experience in the UKSL or Grand Prix go on to compete in the British Skydiving National Championships.
What’s on where and when? See the diary of events.
And once you’re bitten by the competitions bug, there are European competitions such as the European Skydiving League (ESL) in Formation Skydiving, and World meets in all FAI/IPC disciplines: the World Cup and World Parachuting Championships (WPC).
British Skydiving Competitions Committee
The British Skydiving Competitions Committee looks after the needs of competitors and host Centres. It also co-ordinates the publication of rules and judging through the British Skydiving Judges’ Co-ordinator.
Each year, British Skydiving Affiliated Parachute Training Organisations bid to host the British Open Nationals and the British Skydiving UKSL and Grand Prix meets. The Competitions Committee co-ordinates the schedule of skydiving competitions in the UK. It also co-ordinates the British National Delegation to represent the UK at international meets.
You may have heard about changes to the arrangements for Sporting Licences for World Records and international competitions. Changes to the recording of Sporting Licence holders now mean that it is not enough to have the sticker in your British Skydiving Licence book; your details will be checked against the FAI Sporting Licence Database and failure to appear on the FAI Database will mean that you will not be able to take part in your chosen event.
To apply for entry to the FAI Database, may we kindly ask that you send your completed Form 110 together with payment direct to British Skydiving HQ (applications sent through a PTO may result in delay), where we will be happy to process and forward your details to RAeC to forward to FAI for upload to the database.
We recommend that this is done at least four weeks before the event in which you wish to take part. See www.fai.org/sporting-licences
Go on, take part!
There is a whole world of skydiving competitions to explore, from your local Drop Zone all the way to World Championships. There’s a great esprit de corps to enjoy!
The UK boasts a number of world class teams, such as our World Cup Silver FS 4-way Female team NFTO. Britain has a great track record in the 4-way female Formation Skydiving, where our team has won the World Championships on several occasions.
There is a fantastic world of competitive skydiving out there, with a tremendous camaraderie and esprit de corps. So what are you waiting for? Take part and enjoy!