Rational Conservatism from the Rocky Mountains
It’s just a matter of time for these guys…
freaking awesome. I gotta get back into it.
Cosmic, my 20 year-old son wants to do that.
Of course, he’s in the Army Reserve, and is hoping his unit gets called up to Afghanistan.
Like I said…
Looks like a terrific rush. Wonder what the accident rate is.
and when they crash and burn they’ll be “victims”
accident rate is very low. This is extremely dated, but chute technology has improved dramatically – and the number of jumps has increased as well. I’d estimte the odds are roughly the same.
1991 – 121,900 people made 2,440,000 civilian jumps in the US.
25,000 active skydivers average approx. 100 to 125 jumps/year.
Approx. 97,000 students graduate the First Jump Course and make a jump each year.
Approx. 300,000 student jumps/year, 1.9 million experienced skydiver jumps/year.
1987 29 fatal parachuting accidents in the US.
Yielding a fatality rate of 1/75,000 jumps, or 1/3,800 participants.
Hang Gliding: 1/2,308 hang gliding flights.
Accidental Deaths: 1/2,582 (91,000 out of total US pop. of 235 million in 1983)
In a recent year over 140 people died scuba diving, 856 bicycling, over 7,000 drowned, 1154 died of bee stings, and 80 by lightning. In 1982, 43,990 people were killed in highway accidents, 1,171 boating fatalities, 235 airline deaths, and 1,164 light aircraft general aviation fatalities.
Student injuries run about 2%. So out of 90,000 students, 1,800 can expect to be injured.
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