Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
BPA is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety in the sport. BPA's approach to safety management is established as good practice in the sport.
Since its foundation in 1961, BPA has carefully analysed accidents and injuries in sport parachuting. This long experience has enabled BPA to build up a detailed knowledge of the risks in the sport. As risks have been identified and assessed, measures to manage and control the risks have been put in place. These control measures are set out in the BPA Operations Manual.
The BPA Operations Manual may therefore be thought of as the outcome of a cumulative and continuing assessment of the risks inherent to, and associated with, sport parachuting. As techniques of risk assessment become more widely used across many fields of human endeavour, BPA has an ongoing commitment to develop and promote the role of proactive risk assessment in the sport.
BPA authorises only qualified individuals as competent persons to conduct parachuting activities at BPA Affiliated Parachute Training Organisations and in BPA Registered Display Teams. Such activities are conducted in accordance with the procedures set out in the BPA Operations Manual.
The training and qualification of persons as competent, and the content of the BPA Operations Manual, are regulated by the BPA Council through its Safety and Training Committee, assisted by competent technical staff employed by BPA.
BPA has in place a well-established procedure for the sharing and promulgation of safety information and the reporting and collection of information and data for analysis and action. This enables improvements to be made to control measures, as necessary, on a continuing basis. As with any action sport, sport parachuting can never be entirely risk-free - see How safe?
Participants in the sport must therefore voluntarily accept an element of risk. By its regulation of the sport in accordance with this Operations Manual, and by actively promoting a positive safety culture, BPA assists its Affiliated Parachute Training Organisations and Registered Display Teams in managing risk in sport parachuting to an acceptable level.
Updated 1 September 2017