and accuracy are often combined at competition level even
though they are two different skydiving disciplines. Precision
is key for both subjects, for style in freefall, and for accuracy
and accuracy are the earliest parachute disciplines and both
focus on technical merit in terms of exactness.
and accuracy are known as the classics. They are the traditional
disciplines of parachuting and are focused on technical excellence
in terms of preciseness. These two disciplines go alongside
and style are also known as the ‘classics’ of
skydiving, and were the original focus of the parachuting
and skydiving world. Similar to a gymnast or high diver, a
person who participates in style has a high level of control
and flexibility, whilst they carry out specific moves in freefall,
as precisely and quickly as possible.
moves are there in style?
distinguish style from Freestyle, it is also called ‘speed
style’. The skydiver carries out a specific sequence
of moves that include the following: backloops, 360 degree
left turn and 360 degree right turn. When the moves are combined
in a specific order, they are called a ‘series’.
The aim in style is to perform the series as technically accurate
as possible, in the shortest amount of time. For example,
your backloop will be as precise as is possible and each turn
you make starts and stops perfectly on heading. The top skydivers
in style perform a series in about 6 seconds, meaning that
each turn is only around half a second!
are four different series:
Left Set......................360 degree left turn, 360 degree
right turn, backloop (repeated)
• Right Set....................360 degree right turn,
360 degree left turn, backloop (repeated)
• Cross.........................Left turn, right turn,
backloop; right turn, left turn, backloop
• Reverse Cross............Right turn, left turn, backloop;
left turn, right turn, backloop.
you wear different equipment and clothes to do style?
of the important elements in style is the speed that the series
is performed. Therefore, many competitors choose to wear close
fitting jumpsuits, made from lycra. By wearing a tight jumpsuit,
there is subsequently less drag and allows the skydiver to
achieve maximum results from minimal movements, allowing them
to turn quickly and cleanly.
is style related to other skydiving disciplines?
skydivers who participate in style have experience in formation
skydiving, benefiting from the skills they have of turning
in place quickly. Turning in place is a key skill in style,
and learning to start a turn, put on the brakes, and stop
on heading is very important. Other skydivers start their
careers by working and competing in style, before moving on
to joining a formation skydiving team where their preciseness
is a great asset.
happens in a style competition?
are five rounds in a style competition. The first four rounds
are the left set, right set, cross and reverse cross. The
last series is chosen by the individual competitor. Each skydive
is filmed from the ground so it can be judged accurately.
Scores are totalled for performance, with points being added
for correctness, and points taken for being imprecise (e.g.
should a 360 turn not be stopped exactly on heading). Scores
are also effected by the total time that the skydiver took
to complete the series.
is top in the UK in style?
Morris won gold in the 2005 BPA Nationals in style. The women’s
competition was won by Fran Shashkova. In 2004 at the World
Parachuting Championships, first place went to Dmitry Maksimov
from Russia, and Irena Avbelj from Slovenia.
aim of accuracy is to land your canopy as precisely as possible
by landing on a target.
you have to wear different equipment or clothes to take part
skydivers who participate in accuracy like to wear an accuracy
jumpsuit. This is a specially designed suit that is close
fitting and doesn’t usually have any grips. The accuracy
suit is usually made from spandex and polycotton and allows
the competitor clear vision to the accuracy disk, and minimalises
the risk of excess material from touching the accuracy disk.
Some competitors also wear special or modified shoes to ensure
that they strike the accuracy pad cleanly and accurately with
To give accuracy competitors the best chance of hitting the
disk in the centre, a specially designed canopy is also used,
called a foil. These canopies are larger than normal skydiving
parachutes, at about 230 to 300 square feet, and are designed
to have a slow descent rate and a gentle response to give
the canopy pilot the maximum time for them to set up their
can I learn accuracy?
you are learning to skydive on your AFF or static line course,
you are taught to fly a standard landing pattern. The focus
is not on landing on a precise target as this can lead to
the student becoming target fixated and unaware of any hazards.
As you learn more about canopy control through experience,
you may like to take part in a canopy course to learn more
about flying your canopy. If you would like to start competing
in accuracy, there are certain aspects of canopy control such
as wind direction and landing patterns that you will need
to concentrate on.
do accuracy competitions work?
an accuracy competition, each competitor takes their turn
in landing on an electronic disk that is just 3 centimetres
in diameter. The disk is mounted on a large inflatable mat,
called a tuffet, that is 5 metres in diameter. Whilst competition
is a solo event, accuracy competitions also involve teams,
and individual scores are added together to find the most
skilled team. International competitions only involve individuals,
however each skydiver is also representing their home country,
so each countries scores are combined to find the nation most
skilled at accuracy.
is top in the UK in style?
the BPA Nationals in September 2005, Jeff Chandler won gold
for the men’s category, and Katherine Andrewes won gold
for the women’s accuracy event.
Croatia in the World Parachuting Championships, 2004, the
men’s competition was won by Damir Sladetic from Croatia,
and the women’s competition was wond by Keging Wang
The world record in accuracy is held by a Russian man called
Sergueï Vertiprakhov who scored the maximum score, also
called a ‘dead centre’, 14 consecutive times.
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