What has British Skydiving ever done for me?
A question we are often asked, that has more than one answer. Here is just some of what we do:
We regulate our sport under an Exposition with the Civil Aviation Authority.
Set, maintain and promote high standards of safety and training through the Operations Manual.
Promote proactive risk management in the sport.
Maintain a membership database of British skydivers.
Maintain a Register of Authorised Parachute Pilots.
Set and maintain the progression system in the sport.
Publish training and coaching manuals.
Run training courses for all instructor ratings in the sport.
Award coaching, instructor and parachute rigging ratings (qualifications).
Provide educational seminars for members.
Provide technical guidance and advice from world-class technical staff.
Record the proud history of British Skydiving through the BPA Archive Project.
We maintain the highest safety standards in our sport.
Insure the sport and its participants with third party public liability insurance to £10,000,000.
Liaise on behalf of the sport with the Civil Aviation Authority and National Air Traffic Services.
Investigate skydiving accidents and incidents.
Compile and publish safety data.
We develop the sport.
We promote our successes and those of our members to the media and general public.
Lobby to safeguard our sport from potentially harmful effects of European regulation.
Publish ‘Skydive the Mag’, our members’ magazine, six times a year both in print and digitally.
Organise Skydive the Expo, the worlds largest consumer skydiving exhibition.
Represent our sport in the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.
Support the Royal Aero Club Trust’s ‘Flying for Youth’ programme.
Represent our sport in the Sport & Recreation Alliance, the General Aviation
Awareness Council and the General Aviation Safety Council, and we are the point of contact on sport parachuting for the home countries’ sports councils.
Represent the UK on the International Skydiving Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale – the World Air Sports Federation.
Provide free skills coaching roadshows to help members progress.
Fund teams and individuals to help them achieve their best in competition.
Administer the British Team Fund and the Drop Zone Defence Fund.