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Competitions are available in many different aspects of the sport, which are known as 'competitions disciplines'. The competitions scene is dynamic, with new and emerging disciplines growing in popularity all the time.
The UK Skydiving League (UKSL) in Formation Skydiving and UK Grand Prix in several other disciplines have meets throughout the season at Centres across the UK. The FS Grand Prix is called UKSL because it's linked with the European Skydiving League (ESL)
UKSL and Grand Pix meets are the ideal way to cut your teeth in competitions. Some of the meets have BPA Skills Coaching Roadshows for Non-Seniors at which top skydivers offer free-of-charge coaching - you just pay for your jumps - courtesy of the BPA. Other BPA Skills Coaching Roadshows take place as stand alone coaching events.
The BPA'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 UKSL or Grand Prix go on to compete in the British Nationals.
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).
The BPA Competitions Committee looks after the needs of competitors and host Centres. It also co-ordinates the publication of rules and judging through the BPA Judges' Co-ordinator.
Each year, Affiliated Clubs & Centres bid to host the British Open Nationals and the UKSL and UK Grand Prix meets. The Competitions Committee co-ordinates the schedule of skydiving competitions in the UK. It also co-ordinates the UK national team for international meets.
There is a whole world of skydiving competitions to explore, from your local Drop Zone all the way to World Championships. There's great esprit de corps to enjoy!
The UK boasts a number of world class teams, such as our World Cup Gold Frefly team Volare, pictured below. And Britain has a great track record in the 4-way women's Formation Skydiving, where our team has won the World Championships on several occasions, most recently Team Storm in 2008, also pictured below.
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!
British Team Volare took Gold in the 2009 World Cup in Freefly. Left to right (above) BPA Members Adam Mattacola, Alberto Fuertes and Mike Carpenter.
Team Storm - Women's FS World Champions 2008
Updated 17 May 2013