There are inherent risks to skydiving, as there are to any aspect of aviation, and for that matter to any sport. There is no such thing as a perfect airplane, a perfect parachute, a perfect instructor, or a perfect student. Wind and weather are aspects of nature and therefore unpredictable. Before beginning any course of instruction in skydiving, you must learn and accept the risks involved. Skydiving can lead to serious injury or death, and there are no precautions that can eliminate that risk.
That having been said, we believe that FTSPC is one of the safest Drop Zones anywhere. Our airplanes are maintained to the highest standards, and our pilots are qualified, serious, and experienced. We abide by all rules and regulations set by the FAA, and all Basic Safety Recommendations (BSRs) set by the United States Parachute Association. We also go beyond these requirements to encourage a responsible and cool-headed attitude among students and experienced jumpers alike.
Every skydiver must, by law, wear two parachutes. A main canopy (usually packed by the skydiver), and a reserve canopy (inspected and packed, every six months, by a rigger licensed by the FAA). According to the USPA’s BSRs, every student must wear a hard helmet, have a ground-to-air radio, and use a parachute-rig equipped with an Automatic Activation Device (AAD).
An AAD is a device that senses altitude and rate of descent. If a skydiver is at 750 feet and still in free-fall, the AAD is programmed to open the reserve parachute. AADs are excellent backup devices, but of course knowledge, training, and the skydiver’s own initiative are the best guarantees of safety.