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2012-01-27 11:48:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Parachute Association reports that the breathtaking sport of skydiving continued to grow in 2011 and is poised to thrill even more jumpers throughout Leap Year 2012. Last year, more than a half million people took the leap for the first time at some 200 USPA-affiliated skydiving centers across the country. Whether to cross an item off their bucket lists or discover a new hobby and passion, first-timers took the life-changing leap...

2010-01-28 07:30:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Skydiving continues to improve its safety record, according to new statistics released today by the U.S. Parachute Association (USPA), America's skydiving authority. In 2009, the USPA recorded the fewest fatal accidents in over 40 years - 16 - out of nearly 3 million jumps made by over 32,000 USPA members and 400,000 first-time skydivers. That's the fewest number of fatal accidents in more than four decades. "Skydiving is never without risk,"...

2009-09-30 07:25:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- America's ultimate adrenaline sport will command the skies over Texas during the 2009 United States Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships on October 12-25 at Skydive Spaceland outside of Houston. Over 500 of the country's finest, fastest, most fearless skydivers will flock to the Lone Star State to push their aerial skills to the limit and compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in six spectacular skydiving...