Canopy Formation

Canopy formation pilots open their parachutes immediately after exiting the airplane and then proceed to build different formations by linking together in flight. There can be anywhere from two to a few dozen jumpers in one formation. The jumpers connect by putting their feet on another parachute, on the parachute lines, or on another jumper's body. Competition categories include 2-Way Team Sequential, 4-Way Team Rotation, and 4-Way Team Sequential.

Canopy Piloting

Skydivers (called “canopy pilots”) fly their parachutes through a prescribed course over water and land and are judged on their speed, distance and accuracy.

Formation Skydiving

On a freefall jump, teams perform a designated formation or a sequential series of formations with specific intermediate maneuvers drawn from a “dive pool.” Competition categories include 4-Way, 8-Way, 10-Way and 16-Way, in three different classes: advanced, intermediate and open.

Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing

Freefall Style consists of competitors performing a prescribed sequence of maneuvers in freefall as correctly and as quickly as possible. In Accuracy Landing, the jumpers (individually and in teams of four) fly their parachutes down to land on the center of a target which is only 2 centimeters in diameter!


Freeflyers favor vertical freefall, either head-down, stand-up (head-up orientation) or a sit position, as well as all the movements in-between. Formation Freeflying involves two performers and a videographer, and includes fluid movement in every axis and intricate choreography.


Freestylists perform a sequence of moves for compulsory and creative points during freefall. Freestyle tends to utilize fluid, ballet-like movements.

Mixed Formation Skydiving

On a freefall jump, teams perform a sequence of formations while flying in three different orientations: vertical head down, vertical upright and belly-to-earth (flat).

Vertical Formation Skydiving

On a freefall jump, teams perform a sequence of formations in a head down or upright, vertical axis.

Wingsuit Performance Flying

Wingsuit Performance Flying involves a single wingsuit flyer passing through a 1000 meter vertical course. There are three tasks—maximum distance, speed or time of flight, one jump of each per round. The flyer’s performance is measured by a GPS receiver mounted on the helmet.

Wingsuit Acrobatic Flying

Wingsuit Acrobatic Flying involves two flyers performing maneuvers in formation flight. There are both compulsory and freestyle rounds. Teams are awarded points for the number of formations, and judged on the quality of transitions and the camera flyer’s skill at capturing the action.